These 100 Facts about 2020 Might Leave You In Surprise

Ashley | 25 - 12 - 2020
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Remember the night when we all bid goodbye to 2019 and welcomed 2020 with happiness? Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been facing several issues. This year has passed just by being at home. Here are 100 interesting facts about 2020 that you all must know before you start the New Year. These fun facts 2020 will take you down the memory lane.

 

  1. Hong Kong protests started in June against plans to allow extradition to mainland China.
  2. The World Health Organization(WHO) named the disease COVID-19 and later declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
  3. The IMF(International Monetary Fund) mentioned that it expects the world economy to shrink 3% and declared it the worst contradiction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
  4. Cyclon Amphan killed over 100 people in Eastern India and Bangladesh. It was considered the costliest cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean.
  5. The killing of George Floyd by police brutality broke out across the world.
  6. Celebrities and political figures’ Twitter account was hacked in order to promote a bitcoin scam.
  7. The former film producer, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women in New York.
  8. On January 8th, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they are stepping down as senior members of the royal family in Buckingham Palace.
  9. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases crosses 47 million worldwide.
  10. 2020 was considered one of the warmest years on record.
  11. The Supreme Court announced that no-one can be fired or discriminated for being gay or transgender.
  12. Nancy Pelosi ripped up the transcript of Donald Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech.
  13. Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announced the birth of their baby girl on Twitter.
  14. The impeachment of Donald Trump was initiated when the House of Representatives approved articles of impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
  15. ‘Parasite’ became the first non-English movie to win Oscars.
  16. The Beirut Explosion on August 4 caused by the accidental detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate led to the death of around 190 people, injuring thousands of others.
  17. Actor Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43 after battling colon cancer for four years.
  18. Joe Biden became the 47th president of the United States, defeating President Trump.
  19. The NBA star, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter died in a Helicopter Crash in California.
  20. On January 11, China confirmed its first death due to the Novel Coronavirus.
  21. Italy became the first country to implement a nation-wide lockdown.
  22. The International National Committee decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics until July 23, 2021.
  23. On the 100th day of 2020( April 9th), New York state had recorded more Coronavirus cases than any other country, with over 160,000 confirmed cases.
  24. The Australian Bushfire peaked during the December 2019 and January 2020.
  25. The flood in Jakarta killed over 66 people and around 400,000 had to abandon their homes.
  26. The 2020 Delhi riot led to the destruction of properties and the death of 53 people.
  27. A Volcano in the Philippines gushed out red-hot lava forcing the villagers to flee from their houses. Manilla’s airport, offices, and schools were shut down.
  28. The locust attack in East Africa is considered the worst outbreak in the last 70 years in Kenya.
  29. A gas explosion in Lagos, Nigeria killed at least 15 people and destroyed more than 50 buildings.
  30. The Pakistan airline crash in Karachi, killed 97 people.
  31. Due to the lockdown, Global emissions are down by 17 per cent.
  32. Elon Musk and Grimes announced the birth of their baby boy. He was named X Æ A-12.
  33. The United States Department of Defense released three short videos that show “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
  34. A U.S airstrike on January 3, killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad International airport.
  35. Astronomers reported signs of life in Venus, after detecting phosphine in the atmosphere.
  36. It was rumored that Kim Jong Un was gravely ill or dead as he did not attend a few events commemorating his grandfather Kim Il-sung.
  37. Asian giant hornets were spotted the first time in the stateside in Washington state. It can measure up to 2 inches.
  38. Kamala Harris became the first black woman and African-American woman to be elected as the vice president.
  39. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the Supreme court Justice and the second woman appointed to the high court died in September at the age of 87.
  40. On October 2nd, Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump was tested positive for Coronavirus.
  41. The iconic guitarist, Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65, after battling cancer for several years.
  42. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, The Dow Jones Industrial Average(DJIA) suffered its worst single-day point drop.
  43. In China, a passenger train derails killing a person and leaving 127 people injured.
  44. The World Health Organization(WHO) reported six new cases of Ebola with UNICEF reporting five deaths.
  45. After 20,000 tons of oil leaked into the Ambarnaya River, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency.
  46. An earthquake in Mexico killed at least four people. It was felt for more than 640 kilometres away in the Mexican city.
  47. In India and Nepal, 189 were killed and 4 million went homeless due to flooding of Brahmaputra River.
  48. More than 1.66 million Coronavirus deaths were reported to date.
  49. The COVID-19 second wave had arrived.
  50. 5,000 pets were found dead in cardboard shipping boxes.
  51. The US has charged six Russian military officers for cyberattacks that targeted the electric power grid in Ukraine.
  52. In January, China locked down the city of Wuhan with its 11 million people in order to control the Coronavirus.
  53. On March 24th, India announced a 21-day lockdown for India.
  54. The highest-ever temperature of 38-degree Celsius was recorded in Verkhoyansk, Siberia.
  55. BioNTech and Pfizer announce their COVID-19 vaccine to be 90% effective from the results of the phase 3 trials.
  56. Kylie Minogue became the first woman to top the UK album chart for more than 5 consecutive decades with “disco”.
  57. With over 7.04 billion views, Baby Shark by Pinkfong became the most-watched video on Youtube.
  58. ‘Dynamite’ by BTS became the first video to be watched more than 100 million times within 24 hours of its release on YouTube.
  59. At a mall in Thailand, a soldier has killed 29 and injured 58. This is considered one of the deadliest single man made incident in 2020.
  60. In Chicago, a man named Josue Juarez had beaten up a 9-month-old infant to death.
  61. Awkwafina became the first person of Asian descent to win the lead actress category in the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
  62. Billie Eilish won ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, and the ‘Best New Artist’ Awards at the Grammys. She became the first woman to win all four top categories.
  63. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez performed in Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020, in front of more than 60,000 attendees.
  64. The Palindrome day occurred on 20/02/2020 which reads the same forward and backward.
  65. The Cruise Ship Diamond Princess was quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after the Coronavirus outbreak.
  66. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, January 2020 is the hottest January in history.
  67. A smallest ever dinosaur was discovered and its skull was preserved in a piece of amber that is smaller than a fingertip.
  68. India put 1 billion people under a daytime curfew in order to curb COVID-19.
  69. The 1st-known case of human-to-cat transmission was identified in a tiger named Nadia at the Bronz Zoo.
  70. US’s deadliest day during the pandemic was reported with 2,752 deaths.
  71. Sudan banned female genital mutilation making it a criminal offence.
  72. Actor Danny Masterson was convicted for raping three women.
  73. American country music band changed their name from “The Dixie Chicks” to “The Chicks”
  74. Google announced that their employees can work from home.
  75. Simon Cowell broke his back riding an electric bike
  76. Around 17 people were killed in an attack in Somalia by Al-Shabab group
  77. Ronnie O’Sullivan wins his 6th world title in the World Snooker Championship.
  78. Apple became the 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion in just 2 years after it reached $1 trillion.
  79. Alexei Navalny fell into a coma due to Novichok poisoning.
  80. Actress Lori Lughlin and her husband were sentenced to jail for two months for her role in a US college admission bribery scandal.
  81. Host Alex Trebek passed away on November 8 after struggling with pancreatic cancer.
  82. Jeff Bridges revealed on Twitter that he has lymphoma.
  83. Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler announced that they were divorcing.
  84. President Donald Trump announced that he had tested positive for Coronavirus
  85. Jacob Blake, US Blackman was shot and injured in Kenosha in front of his children.
  86. In a flash flood in the city of Charikar, Afghanistan, 100s of people were killed and around 500 houses were destroyed.
  87. Israel became the 1st country to announce National lockdown due to COVID-19 for a period of 3 weeks.
  88. The 72nd Emmy Awards was held virtually.
  89. Singapore announced that it will be the first country to use facial verification as part of its National Identity Scheme.
  90. A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio was sold for a record $9.98 million at an auction in New York.
  91. NASA announced that there is more water on the Moon than estimated.
  92. Russia began vaccinating Sputnik V in Moscow despite completing its clinical trials.
  93. Canada approved the BioNTech/ Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19.
  94. Xi Jinping, a Chinese leader announced that the country will reduce its carbon intensity by 65%.
  95. The UK’s wettest day on record was with an average of 31.7mm.
  96. Poet  Louise Glück was awarded the Nobel Prize by Literature.
  97. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN’s World Food Program.
  98. Australian Airline Qantas announced that it is cutting 6,000 jobs which is approximately a fifth of its workspace due to the pandemic.
  99. Regis Philbin, who dubbed “the hardest working man in showbiz” passed away.
  100. In a landslide at a Jade Mine in northern Hpakant area of Myanmar, more than 160 people were killed.

When Was the Hong Kong Protest Started in 2020?
  • A. June
  • B. November
  • C. December
  • D. None
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