2020 Round up
– Anjana Bharathiraja
Finally, we have reached the end of 2020. From January to now, this year has been a roller coaster of a ride. When we started, I might have thought the Australian wildfires might have been the defining feature, but more happened.
In January, a U.S. drone struck Baghdad International Airport, killed the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. And soon enough, there were threats of a third world war.
Still in January, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family. We lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident, and we began the impeachment trial for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. While we were preparing for the Superbowl and the Oscars, talking about impeachments and the royal family, something much much darker had started its journey.
Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault in February which was celebrated by all of his accusers.
But then March happened. March was the month in which the COVID-19 pandemic really took off. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared what was at the time an outbreak to be a pandemic. The stock market crashed, hitting a huge low on March ninth. March 13, Breonna Taylor was killed, May 25, George Floyd was killed, both sparking ginormous protests.
In May, murder hornets entered the U.S. Late July, a young Florida teen took over the Twitter accounts of prominent public figures and tried to orchestrate a bitcoin scam.
In August, there was an explosion in Beirut, killing 190 people and injuring thousands of others. Beloved Black Panther actor, Chadwick Boseman, passed away at 48. Starting mid-August, wildfires began sweeping the west coast.
in September, the feminist icon, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, passed. She was replaced in the Supreme Court by her almost polar opposite, Amy Coney Barrett.
On October 2, the President of America tested positive for COVID-19, and and finally, on November 7, Joe Biden became the President-elect of the United States of America.
So, that's been 2020 so far, let's look forward for some better news starting 2021! Cheers!