All bad and shocking things happened in 2020(List)

Mark Scott
5 min readAug 7, 2020

Hi there! I found it interesting to collect shocking events that happened in 2020, if I missed something, you can add in the comments (To be continued).

Updated 04 of November

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  1. Hong Kong protests
  2. Australia declares a state of disaster amid large bushfires that have killed as many as 500 million animals.
  3. A U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport kills Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis
  4. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announces that Turkish troops will be deployed to Libya on behalf of the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord.
  5. Taal Volcano in Luzon erupts, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people
  6. The impeachment trial of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, begins in the U.S. Senate.
  7. The United Kingdom and Gibraltar formally withdraw from the European Union, beginning an 11-month transition period.
  8. The World Health Organization (WHO) names the disease COVID-19.
  9. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plunges by 1,190.95 points, or 4.4%, to close at 25,766.64, its largest one-day point decline at the time. This follows several days of large falls, marking the worst week for the index since 2008, triggered by fears of the spreading COVID-19.
  10. Italy places 16 million people in quarantine, more than a quarter of its population, in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.[32] A day later, the quarantine is expanded to cover the entire country, becoming the first country to apply this measure nationwide.
  11. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plunges more than 2,000 points, the largest fall in its history up to that point. Oil prices also plunge by as much as 30% in early trading, the biggest fall since 1991.
  12. The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
  13. A passenger train derails near Chenzhou, China, killing one person and leaving 127 injured.
  14. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 1 million worldwide.
  15. The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports the first case of Ebola since February.
  16. U.S. President Donald Trump announces that the U.S. is suspending funding of the World Health Organization (WHO) pending an investigation of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its relationship with China.
  17. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it expects the world economy to shrink 3%, the worst contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
  18. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 2 million worldwide.
  19. Oil prices reach a record low, with West Texas Intermediate falling into negative values.
  20. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 4 million worldwide.
  21. Nearly 1 million people are affected and at least 24 people have died in the flash floods that hit Beledweyne and Jowhar, Somalia
  22. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces the termination of all agreements, including security ones, with Israel and the United States in response to Israel’s plans to annex the Jordan Valley.
  23. Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh, killing over 100 people and forcing the evacuation of more than 4 million others. It causes over US$13 billion in damage, making it the costliest cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean
  24. Flight PK8303, a Pakistan International Airlines passenger aircraft, crashes in a residential area near Karachi, in Pakistan, killing 97 of the 99 total people on board and injuring dozens on the ground.
  25. Protests caused by the killing of George Floyd break out across hundreds of cities in the U.S. and around the world.
  26. The World Health Organization reports six new cases of Ebola, and UNICEF reports five deaths
  27. Russian President Vladimir Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tons of oil leaked into the Ambarnaya River near the Siberian city of Norilsk within the Arctic Circle
  28. A 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, and kills at least four people. It is felt more than 640 kilometers (400 mi) away in Mexico City.
  29. Russian voters back a constitutional amendment that, among other things, enables Vladimir Putin to seek two further six-year terms when his current term ends in 2024, potentially allowing him to remain in power until 2036.
  30. China reports 141 dead or missing in floods since June; 28,000 homes have been damaged.
  31. The Twitter accounts of prominent political figures, CEOs, and celebrities are hacked to promote a bitcoin scam.
  32. Flooding of the Brahmaputra River kills 189 and leaves 4 million homeless in India and Nepal.
  33. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 15 million worldwide.
  34. Multiple explosions caused by unsafely stored ammonium nitrate kill over 135 people, injured thousands, and severely damage the port of Beirut, Lebanon. Damage is estimated at $10–15 billion, and at least 300,000 people are left homeless.
  35. The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 700,000.
  36. Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York.
  37. NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash
  38. The 2020 Summer Olympics, which were supposed to take place in Tokyo, are postponed until 2021.
  39. A Ukrainian flight crashes in Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 passengers on board.
  40. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce they are stepping down from their duties as senior royals in Buckingham Palace.
  41. Pakistan airliner crash.
  42. Impeachment of President Donald Trump.
  43. The coronavirus pandemic triggered a global recession as numerous countries went into lockdown. The Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst single-day point drop ever on March 9.
  44. Ghislaine Maxwell arrest
  45. ”Murder hornets” arrive in US
  46. Chadwick Boseman’s death
  47. West Coast wildfires
  48. The Supreme Court Justice and unrelenting trailblazer for gender equality died Sept. 18 at the age of 87. She was the second-ever woman appointed to the high court.
  49. Renewed fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh has shattered a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  50. A man with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice, in an assault that bore similarities to the recent killing of a schoolteacher, which has shaken the country.
  51. The second Covid-19 wave has arrived
  52. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 47 million worldwide.
  53. Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war
  54. Tens of thousands protest in Belarus, defying warning shots
  55. An Islamic State-supporting gunman killed four people and injured 22 others in an attack in central Vienna
  56. 2020 likely to be one of the warmest years on record
  57. Canada makes a plan to evacuate its citizens from Hong Kong
  58. Poland delays implementing new abortion law amid huge protests
  59. Attack on Kabul University in Afghanistan’s capital leaves at least 19 dead
  60. Death toll reaches 39 in the quake that hit Turkey
  61. American missionary kidnapped in Niger, in West Africa
  62. Thailand rocked by protests as prime minister refuses to step down
  63. Russia says COVID “under control” despite record infections, bodies lined up in a hospital basement
  64. U.S. charges 6 Russian military officers for massive cyberattacks
  65. Russian surfers say mystery pollution poisoning them, killing animals
  66. 5,000 pets found dead in boxes at the Chinese shipping depot

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