2020 will forever be known as the year of COVID-19. Lockdowns, masks, and social distancing became the new normal as the world grappled with the unprecedented challenges posed by the virus.
No matter where you were in the world this year, the news of the coronavirus almost seemed to spread faster than the virus itself!
Amidst the lockdowns, people found themselves in unique situations. From panic-buying toilet paper to becoming master bakers overnight, the year was filled with amusing stories of how individuals coped with the new reality.
With limited options for outdoor activities, people turned to binge-watching TV shows like “The Tiger King” on Netflix.
The world collectively indulged in newfound hobbies, like sharing talents on TikTok, bringing some joy during challenging times.
Continue reading to uncover the significant events, groundbreaking news, chart-topping music, thought-provoking quotes, and impactful deaths that made 2020 an unforgettable year.
Explore the incredible moments that shaped 2020, a year filled with captivating events you won’t want to miss!
Justin Bieber posted on Instagram that he has Lyme disease, a bacterial illness spread by ticks.
Diego, a 100-year-old tortoise, was retired from a breeding program after fathering 800+ children.
Diego lived at the San Diego Zoo until 1977, when he was sent to the Galápagos to save his species from extinction. Over the following 43 years, Diego almost single-handedly returned the Galápagos giant turtle population to acceptable levels. Diego has since retired to the island of Española, where he was initially found.
A meteorite that landed in Australia in the 1960s revealed stardust up to 7 billion years old.
That makes it the oldest known solid material on Earth.
One hundred million people were placed in lockdown in Wuhan, China, amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
All forms of transport in and out of the city were suspended from 10:00 local time.
The United States had its first official COVID-19 related death.
It occurred in Santa Clara County, California, where a woman passed away at home.
$10 billion was pledged to help fight climate change by Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.
An animal was discovered to not need Oxygen to breathe.
The tiny parasite is called Henneguya salminicola and lives in salmonid fish.
Scientists observed the biggest explosion in the universe, 390 million light-years away.
The explosion occurred in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster.
A COVID-19 quarantine hotel collapsed in China, leaving 70 people trapped.
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the spread of Covid-19 was now at a Pandemic stage.
Bill Gates left the Microsoft board after founding the company four decades prior.
Tiger King was released on Netflix.
This American true-crime documentary miniseries was about the life of a zookeeper, Joe Exotic.
Charli D’Amelio became the most followed person on TikTok with 64.5 million followers.
On this day, Charli overtook the previous most followed person, Loren Gray.
Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban eating cats and dogs.
This decision was geared by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A gunman named Gabriel Wortman rampaged through Nova Scotia, Canada.
He carried out multiple shootings and killed 22 people. He was finally shot and killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter became the first helicopter to fly on another planet.
President Donald Trump suggested a dangerous theory that injecting disinfectant could cure the Coronavirus.
In his press conference, he said: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”
A pair of Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan sneakers sold for a record $560,000 at auction.
The pair of autographed Air Jordan 1s were worn by the famous basketballer during his glory days. They sold for almost four times the estimated auction sale price, beating the previous record by over $100,000.
A series of worldwide protests began in reaction to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Dr. Kathy Sullivan became the first woman to reach the deepest part of the ocean in the Marianas Trench.
This was not the first time Dr. Sullivan had broken history, as she was the first US woman to complete a spacewalk in 1984.
Swedish authorities finally closed a 34-year-old inquiry into the murder of their prime minister.
On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme was walking home from the cinema with his family when he was fatally shot in the back. Over the following 34 years, over 10,000 suspects were interviewed. A new team investigated the case in 2017 and concluded that Stig Engström, a now-deceased suspect, was the killer and decided to close the case for good.
America officially began to withdraw from the World Health Organization.
Tourists in Kazakhstan beat a seal unconscious on a beach so that children could take pictures with it.
A group of men surrounded a seal that had swum close to shore, attacking it with sticks and boulders. Others gathered around to watch, but no one did or said anything to stop the assault.
Apple became the first US company to be valued at $2 trillion.
Apple was also the first to be valued at $1 trillion on August 2, 2018, meaning the company doubled in valuation in just over two years.
Elon Musk unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain.
On this day, Elon Musk demonstrated his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface.
R&B icon Akon ceremoniously laid the first stone for Akon City, a futuristic Wakanda-like city in Senegal.
China’s space agency launched a classified spacecraft into orbit atop a Long March 2F rocket.
Not much is known about the specifics of the launch, but from what experts have gathered, the launch’s payload was most likely a reusable spaceplane. Whatever it was, it reached an altitude of 217 miles (350 km), deposited an unknown object into orbit, and then returned to what is most likely the Taklamakan Desert in China’s northwest.
The COVID-19 death toll passed 200,000 in the US.
Americans headed to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the US Presidential Election.
The grueling election process took four whole days, with Democratic Joe Biden winning the election on November 7.
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev established November 10th as Victory Day.
Victory Day celebrates the taking of Nagorno-Karabakh, a region Azerbaijan and Armenia have long disputed. Azerbaijan claimed the territory after a bloody 45-day conflict. A ceasefire was only agreed upon with the assistance of Russian peacekeeping forces.
Charli D’Amelio became the first person to reach 100 million followers on TikTok.
Joe Biden slipped while playing with his dog, Major, and was left with hairline fractures in his foot.
Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Telescope collapsed less than a month after being decommissioned.
The United Kingdom became the first country to legalize the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine.
Pfizer announced earlier in November that their vaccine had been proven to be 90% effective, making it the first fully tested and functional vaccine for COVID-19. At first, the vaccine was only approved for emergency use in the UK, with several countries following in their footsteps soon afterward.
Coca-Cola was named the world’s largest plastic polluter by the charity “Break Free From Plastic.”
The US FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
Here’s a glimpse at a few famous people who bid us farewell in 2020.
Here’s a roundup of the most memorable quotes people said in 2020.
Marriage is a choice you make every day. It can be hard work, but when two people commit to seeing that work through, the rewards are as sweet as they come.
American First Lady
2020 In Music
2020 was a year that delivered an array of incredible tunes that became instant classics!
From the addictive beats of “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa to the heart-wrenching lyrics of “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi, these songs struck a chord with our emotions and had us singing along with every word.
Familiarize yourself with the noteworthy music moments of 2020.
Album of the Year
Billie Eilish’s hauntingly beautiful and alternative album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” swept the Grammy Awards in 2020, mesmerizing audiences with her unique sound.
Song of the Year
Billie Eilish really rocked the music scene in 2020 and also took home the Grammy Award for Song of the Year with her chart-topping hit “Bad Guy.”
Best New Artist
2020 was a good year for Billie Eilish! Her thought-provoking lyrics won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2020, solidifying her as a groundbreaking figure in pop music.
2020 in Numbers
In terms of numbers, 2020 was rather special, as the first two digits of the year match the second two. The next time this happens will be 2121. It was also the last year of the second decade of the 21st century.
If you’ve ever wondered how the year 2020 looks like in Roman numerals, it’s written as MMXX. And if we represent 2020 in binary form, it becomes 11111100100.
The year 2020 was a leap year, featuring an additional day in February. This leap day compensates for the fact that a year is not exactly 365 days long, ensuring our calendars stay in sync with the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
2020 is a Harshad number, which is a number that can be evenly divided by the sum of its digits. It’s like a special math rule for some numbers.
To explain in more detail, we add up the digits (2 + 0 + 2 + 0), which equals 4. And now we see if 2020 can be divided evenly by 4, which it can! 2020 ÷ 4 = 505. So this makes 2020 a Harshad number.
Also, 2020 is known as an abundant number. An abundant number is a number where if you add up all the smaller numbers that can divide evenly into it, the total sum is greater than the number itself.
So, when you add up all the smaller numbers that can divide evenly into 2020 (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 101, 202, 404, 505, 1010), they add up to 2264, which is greater than 2020.
Chinese Zodiac 2020
According to the Chinese calendar, 2020 was the Year of the Rat, which occurs every twelve years.
However, the Chinese zodiac also includes five elements, which are Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. So this makes 2020 the Year of the Gold Rat, a cycle which happens once every sixty years.
The fascinating thing about the Chinese calendar is that it operates on a lunar cycle, which means that the Year of the Gold Rat officially kicked off on January 25th, and lasted until February 11, 2021.
People born in the Year of the Rat are resourceful, adaptable, and intelligent. They possess a sharp wit and are excellent problem solvers, making them natural leaders and quick thinkers.
The Years of the Rat have blessed us with influential figures such as Dwayne Johnson, Khloe Kardashian and Eminem.
Did you know that Zoom’s stocks were one of the fastest-growing stocks in 2020?
Zoom Video Communications LLC’s stock sold for $67 apiece at the beginning of 2020 and finished the year at $337, rising in value by more than 500 percent – much to Microsoft’s envy!
Whether you love it or hate it, Zoom certainly made meetings much easier.