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Historical Events in 2020

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  • Jan 1 Scotland's Peter Wright beats Dutch defending champion Michael Van Gerwen, 7-3 with 102.79 average, 34 x 140s, 11 maximums and 53% on doubles to seal his first PDC World Darts Championship in London
  • Jan 1 Pro-Iranian protesters end siege of US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jan 1 106th Rose Bowl: #6 Oregon beats #8 Wisconsin, 28-27
  • Jan 1 86th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #7 Baylor, 26-14
  • Jan 3 US drone strike kills top Iranian security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad airport in Iraq
  • Jan 4 Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed to help fight the more than 200 fires, amid criticism of his leadership
  • Jan 4 Floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in Jakarta, Indonesia, kill at least 53
  • Jan 5 Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 5 Golden Globes: "1917" Best Drama, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" Best Comedy/Musical, acting awards Renee Zellweger, Joaquin Pheonix, Awkwafina, Taron Edgerton

  • Jan 7 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island's largest in a century, followed by many aftershocks kill 1 person and destroy 800 homes
  • Jan 8 Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani

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Jan 8 US singer Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Jan 8 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board
  • Jan 8 Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as "senior" royals, will work towards becoming financially independent
  • Jan 11 Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result
  • Jan 11 Diego the giant 100 year old tortoise retires to the Galapagos islands after his high libido is credited with saving his species

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Jan 12 1st ATP Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: Novak Đoković & Viktor Troicki beat Spanish pair Pablo Carreño Busta & Feliciano López 6-3, 6-4 to clinch inaugural title for Serbia, 2-1; Đoković beats Raphael Nadal 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jan 12 Taal volcano, 70km (45 miles) south of Manila in the Philippines begins erupting prompting evacuations
  • Jan 12 Argentine striker Sergio Agüero becomes top-scoring overseas player in English Premier League football history with a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-1 rout of Aston Villa; total 177 takes him past Thierry Henry
  • Jan 13 Oldest material existing on earth at 7.5 billion years old revealed by scientists studying the Murchison meteorite that fell to earth in Australia in 1960s
  • Jan 13 College Football, National Championship, Superdome, New Orleans: #1 LSU beats #3 Clemson, 42-15

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Jan 13 Queen Elizabeth II issues a statement saying she reluctantly supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wish to live a more independent life

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
  • Jan 13 Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow are fired by team owner Jim Crane for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal after MLB suspends both for one year

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Jan 14 US game show Jeopardy "greatest of all time" tournament won by Ken Jennings

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • Jan 14 Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is fired amid Major League Baseball's investigation into sign-stealing by the Houston Astros; Cora was previously the Astros' bench coach before moving to Boston

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Jan 16 Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 16 Former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken becomes first woman to hold a coaching position on a MLB staff when named an assistant by the San Francisco Giants
  • Jan 16 Newly appointed manager Carlos Beltran and New York Mets mutually agree to part ways because of his role in Houston Astros sign stealing scandal; third manager forced out of a job as a result of the allegations
  • Jan 18 Premiership Rugby announces reigning European and English champions Saracens to be relegated for exceeding salary cap the previous 3 seasons; club fined £5.3m and docked 35 Premiership points
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: San Francisco 49ers beat Green Bay Packers, 37-20
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, KC: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans, 35-24
  • Jan 21 World's oldest asteroid impact at 2.2 billion years old found in Yarrabubba , Western Australia, may have ended an ice age, reported in "Nature Communications"

Historic DiscoveryCOVID-19

Jan 22 China locks down city of Wuhan and its 11 million people, in effort to control the coronavirus with death toll at 17, over 500 people ill
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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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Jan 23 Actress Annabella Sciorra testifies in court that Harvey Weinstein raped her 25 years ago at his trial in New York

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein
Film Producer
Harvey Weinstein
  • Jan 23 Voice of a 3,000 year old Egyptian priest recreated by scientists 3D printing his vocal tract published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Jan 23 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel

  • Jan 25 65th NHL All Star Games, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MI: Pacific All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: David Pastrnak LW Boston Bruins
  • Jan 25 Severe rainstorms cause landslides and floods in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, killing at least 30

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Jan 26 LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, southern California; considered one of the greatest players in the game's history

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida: AFC beats NFC, 38-33; MVP's: Lamar Jackson, QB (Baltimore Ravens), Calais Campbell, DE (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Jan 26 62nd Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish wins 5 Grammys, including album, record and song of the year

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish
  • Jan 27 Former king of Belgium, Albert II admits fathering a child after DNA tests confirm paternity

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Jan 28 US President Donald Trump releases his Middle East peace plan alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 29 Number of Coronavirus cases passes those of SARS with over 7,700 cases in China confirmed, with 170 deaths
  • Jan 30 The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva
  • Jan 31 United Kingdom formally withdraws from the European Union (Brexit)
  • Feb 1 Australian Open Women's Tennis: 21 year old American Sofia Kenin wins her first Grand Slam title with a 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 victory over Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain
  • Feb 1 Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years
  • Feb 1 Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, appointed the new Prime Minister of Iraq by President Barham Salih after 4 months of protests
  • Feb 2 Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111)
  • Feb 2 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia rallies to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 2 Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers, 31-20; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Chiefs' 1st victory in 50 years

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • Feb 2 73rd British Film awards (BAFTAS): "1917" Best Film, Sam Mendes Best Director, Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix best actors
  • Feb 3 Malawi's constitutional court annuls 2019 election which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected due to voting irregularities

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Feb 3 First Democratic caucus in Iowa won narrowly by Pete Buttigieg (most delegates) and Bernie Sanders (most votes) after lengthy delays and irregularities in reporting the results

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Feb 3 Cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3700 passengers quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after cases of coronavirus found on board
  • Feb 5 US Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress
  • Feb 6 US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan
  • Feb 6 Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station
  • Feb 6 Date of the 1st coronavirus COVID-19 related death in the US (only confirmed by the CDC on April 21)
  • Feb 8 Gunman shoots and kills 29 people in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, with 57 injured. Shooter shot and killed by security forces a day later.
  • Feb 8 Irish General Election: No party wins a majority, Sinn Fein 37 seats and the popular vote, Fianna Fáil 38 seats, Leo Varadkar's ruling Fine Gael only 35 seats
  • Feb 9 Fastest supersonic New York to London journey made by British Airways Boeing 747-436 in four hours and 56 minutes, speeds of 1,327 km/h / 825 mph due to Storm Ciara
  • Feb 9 Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 9 92nd Academy Awards: "Parasite" 1st non English film to win Best Picture, Best Director Bong Joon-ho, Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actress Renée Zellweger

  • Feb 9 Suspected militants attack and kill at least 30 people, many while sleeping in their cars in Auno, north-eastern Nigeria, kidnapping women and children
  • Feb 9 Solar Orbiter probe attached to an Atlas rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral
  • Feb 9 Storm Ciara makes landfall in northern Scotland bringing widespread wind and flooding to northern Europe resulting in 18 deaths
  • Feb 10 More than 30 bushfires put out by heaviest rainfall for 30 years in New South Wales, Australia, helping end one of the worst bushfire seasons ever, 46 million acres burnt, over 1 billion animals killed, 34 people dead
  • Feb 11 Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq, for only the second time in a century
  • Feb 11 Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary
  • Feb 11 US attorney general, William Barr recommends cutting suggested sentence of Roger Stone, prompting prosecutors to resign
  • Feb 13 Fire in US-run orphanage kills 15 children near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Feb 13 January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Feb 13 Scientists overturn current thought about how planets form - not by violent collision but gentle clumping, through study of Arrokoth in Kepler belt, published in "Science"
  • Feb 14 UEFA places 2 year ban on Manchester City from European club competition for committing "serious breaches" of club licensing and financial fair play regulations; EPL champions also fined €30million
  • Feb 14 More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold
  • Feb 15 Beijing orders people returning to the city after Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of Covid-19
  • Feb 16 America evacuates 400 citizens from coronavirus-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan
  • Feb 16 NBA All Star Game, United Center, Chicago, IL: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 157-155; MVP: Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers, F
  • Feb 16 'Ghost ship' cargo vessel MV Alta washed up on the Irish coast near Ballycotton by Storm Dennis, after drifting across the Atlantic from Bermuda
  • Feb 17 India's Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in the armed forces
  • Feb 17 General Motors announces it is retiring the Holden brand in Australasia

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Feb 17 Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Feb 17 62nd Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins second straight title by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney on the second restart in overtime; his third Daytona victory

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Feb 17 Laureus World Sports Awards, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton & Lionel Messi; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: South Africa National Rugby Union team

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles
  • Feb 18 40th Brit Awards: Best Album "Psychodrama" by Dave, Best, Song of the Year "Someone you Loved" Lewis Capaldi
  • Feb 18 Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, suspending those claims
  • Feb 18 Ashraf Ghani declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections five months after the vote, fraud allegations meant recounting
  • Feb 18 Swarms of desert locusts affecting east Africa reach South Sudan, threatening a food crisis
  • Feb 19 German gunman opens fire in a bar in Hanau, Germany, killing nine in a racially motivated attack

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Feb 20 New Bank of England £20 note with painter JMW Turner released, replacing earlier one with economist Adam Smith

Romantic Painter J. M. W. Turner
Romantic Painter
J. M. W. Turner
Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • Feb 20 Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation
  • Feb 23 President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of Coronavirus reported with six deaths
  • Feb 23 First major coronavirus outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy

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Feb 23 China's Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country's coronavirus outbreak as the China's largest health emergency since 1949

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Feb 23 Fashion designer heavyweights Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons announce they will work along side each other at Prada
  • Feb 23 Violent protests against new citizenship laws in Delhi, India erupt leaving at least 38 people dead over the next few days
  • Feb 24 Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in landmark case that ignited #MeToo movement

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Feb 24 Malaysia's 94-year old Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns only to be reinstated later in the day as interim Prime Minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad

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Feb 24 US President Donald Trump begins a 2 day trip to India meeting Indian PM Narendra Modi

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 24 New York firefighter Daniel Foley, who found his brother's body in ruins of World Trade Center, dies of cancer bringing first responders death toll to 343
  • Feb 24 Scientists identify the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to breathe - a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS
  • Feb 25 African American Ahmaud Arbery shot to death after being chased down by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. Video of the killing emerges in May, prompting arrests.
  • Feb 25 147 murders occurred during a five day police strike in Ceará , Brazil, despite army patrolling the streets according to authorities
  • Feb 25 Iran emerges as new coronavirus hotspot, recording 95 cases and 11 deaths as a deputy health minister that appeared on TV confirmed also infected
  • Feb 25 Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Byrant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
  • Feb 26 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of coronavirus fears for 1st time in living memory
  • Feb 27 Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in Ophiuchus galaxy 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Miky Ways), published in "Astrophysical Journal"
  • Feb 27 Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about coronavirus
  • Feb 28 Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules
  • Feb 29 Watford beats Liverpool, 3-0 at Vicarage Road; first Reds loss since Manchester City January 2019; ends joint-longest winning streak (18) and second longest unbeaten run (44) in English top-flight football history
  • Feb 29 US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. US and NATO allies will withdraw their troops after 14 months if deal kept.
  • Mar 1 Turkey launches major offensive against Syrian government in northern Syria after 36 Turkish soldiers killed in air and artillery strikes 3 days earlier
  • Mar 1 Muhyiddin Yassin sworn as Malaysian Prime Minister by Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
  • Mar 1 Pete Buttigieg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race
  • Mar 1 First known coronavirus COVID-19 case identified in New York, a health care worker returning from Iran

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Mar 2 Amy Klobuchar drops out of the US Democratic presidential race and endorses Joe Biden

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Mar 2 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can not longer enforce 2016 deal with EU to stop migrants entering Europe, warns millions may try

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Mar 2 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

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Mar 2 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

  • Mar 3 Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through central Tennessee killing at least 25
  • Mar 3 Iran releases 54,000 people from prison to avoid spread of coronavirus as country reports 77 deaths and 2,300 cases including two dozen MPs
  • Mar 3 World Bank pledges $12 billion in emergency aid for developing countries dealing with coronavirus
  • Mar 3 UK had its wettest February since records began in 1862, according to the Met Office, 209.1mm of rainfall, 237% above average
  • Mar 3 Last Ebola patient discharged from hospital in Beni, DR Congo, raising hopes outbreak at an end in the country after 2,300 deaths
  • Mar 3 Heavy rain and landslides hit coastal areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states, Brazil, killing at least 18 people
  • Mar 3 Irishwomen Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamar, of Grafton Architecture, are the 1st women to share the Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • Mar 3 Super Tuesday: Biggest voting day for Democrats selecting their presidential candidate revives Joe Biden's campaign, he wins nine states, while Bernie Sanders wins four including California
  • Mar 3 US Federal Reserve makes its largest rate cut in a decade, short-tern interest rates by 0.5% to protect economy against COVID-19
  • Mar 4 Michael Bloomberg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race after a disappointing showing during Super Tuesday
  • Mar 4 New study confirms human-caused climate change did make the 2020 Australian bushfire season worse, published by World Weather Attribution
  • Mar 4 "Once in a century" winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years with average temperature 7.5 C (13.5 F) with virtually no snow
  • Mar 4 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces all sport in Italy will be played behind closed doors for at least a month in an effort to contain coronavirus

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Mar 5 US senator Elizabeth Warren drops out of the Democratic presidential race

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Mar 6 Russia refuses to reduce oil production over coronavirus COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war
  • Mar 8 Italy announces it is locking down northern region of Lombardy, including Milan, with 16 million people, as coronavirus (CONVID-19) cases reach 5,800 with 233 deaths
  • Mar 8 America registers 521 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) with 21 deaths across 33 states
  • Mar 8 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • Mar 8 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees
  • Mar 9 Italy announces it is locking down the whole country due to spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths
  • Mar 10 Three months into the COVID-19 epidemic Chinese President Xi Jinping finally travels to Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak as the rate of daily new infections declines in China falls to 19 new cases and 17 deaths
  • Mar 10 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladamir Putin to hold office of President for life

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Mar 10 New York governor Andrew Cuomo deploys the national guard to New Rochelle after one-mile radius zone established as 108 cases of coronavirus COVID-19 detected

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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Mar 11 Coronavirus COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Mar 11 Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York
  • Mar 11 Smallest dinosaur ever discovered - skull preserved in piece of amber smaller than a fingertip from a mine in Myanmar, reported in "Nature"
  • Mar 11 11-year bull market ends as the Dow Jones industrial average falls more than 20%, becoming a bear market
  • Mar 11 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for the coronavirus
  • Mar 12 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries though not the UK due to coronavirus COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added day later)

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Mar 12 UK PM Boris Johnson says the UK is facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation”, up to 10,000 people may already be infected with coronavirus COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

  • Mar 12 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic; Commissioner Gary Bettman hopeful the postponement would not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Mar 12 2020 NCAA men's basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spreading coronavirus; first time 'March Madness' not held since it began in 1939; women's tournament also cancelled
  • Mar 13 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to fight coronavirus COVID-19

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Mar 13 Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates steps down from the company's board to focus on philanthropic activities

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • Mar 13 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 13 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 14 Longest-ever scheduled passenger flight by distance by Air Tahiti Nui from French Polynesia to mainland France 9,765 m (15715 km) due to coronavirus COVID-19 and it was domestic
  • Mar 15 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as coronavirus COVID-19 deaths rates rise dramatically - Italy 1,809, Spain 288, France 120
  • Mar 15 US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero to support the economy during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mar 16 Global infections and deaths from coronavirus CONVID-19 overtake those in China for the 1st time, 86,000 vs 80,860 infections, 3,241 vs 3,208 deaths according to John Hopkins Uni
  • Mar 16 Coronavirus COVID-19: France orders a national lockdown, US recommends meetings 10 or less, 6 counties in San Francisco and surrounding counties told to "shelter in place"
  • Mar 16 Coronavirus COVID-19 study by London Imperial College showing migration approach could lead to 250,00 deaths in UK, over 1 million in US, prompts strategy changes from both countries
  • Mar 16 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to coronavirus pandemic; return dependant on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control
  • Mar 17 European Union announces a 30-day ban on entering its 26 countries for almost all travelers as it struggles to contain coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 17 Golden Rassberry Film Awards (Razzies): Musical "Cats" wins six awards including worst film
  • Mar 17 Chad begins repaying a $100 million debt to Angola with cattle, as more than 1,000 cows arrive in Luanda
  • Mar 17 UEFA announces the postponement of its flagship national team football competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June / July due to the coronavirus emergency
  • Mar 17 French Open becomes first Grand Slam tennis tournament to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic; moves from May 24-June 7 to September 20-October 4; conflicts with Laver Cup men’s team event
  • Mar 18 Turing Award given to Pixar employees Pat Hanraha and Ed Catmull for three-dimensional computer graphics

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Mar 18 US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree to close the US-Canada border, the world's longest, to non-essential travel to curb coronavirus COVID-19

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 19 Italian death toll from Coronavirus COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China's total (3,245) making it the worst-affected country in the world
  • Mar 19 Entire US state of California with 910 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 ordered to 'stay at home'
  • Mar 19 Professional football in England is further postponed until 'no earlier than 30 April' due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Mar 20 India hangs four men for 2012 gang rape and murder of woman on a bus in New Delhi, country's first hanging since 2013

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Mar 20 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Mar 20 Smoke from Australian bushfires killed more people than the fires - 417 vs 33 according to new study published in "Medical Journal of Australia"
  • Mar 21 Italy records record daily death toll of 793 for coronavirus COVID-19 as the worldwide death tolls surpasses 12,000 with 299,000 known infections (ref John Hopkins)
  • Mar 22 India puts 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to curb coronavirus COVID-19

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Mar 22 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American coronavirus COVID-19 help, refers to conspiracy theory that it was manufactured by the US

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • Mar 23 New York confirmed as center of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the US with 20,875 cases (5,707 in the last day) and 157 deaths

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Mar 23 Immediate global ceasefire to fight coronavirus COVID-19 called for by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • Mar 23 WHO says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days
  • Mar 23 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in South Africa and the United Kingdom while other European nations extend and strengthen their lockdowns
  • Mar 24 Indian PM Narendra Modi orders a 21 day lockdown for world's second most populous country of 1.3 billion people to deal with coronavirus COVID-19

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Mar 24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Mar 24 China's Hubei province, the original center of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak eases restrictions on travel after a nearly two-month lockdown

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Mar 25 United Kingdom's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus COVID-19

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Mar 25 Spain's death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 overtakes China's at 3,434 to become second worldwide behind Italy with 7,503 deaths with a worldwide toll of 20,836
  • Mar 26 American cases of coronavirus COVID-19 exceed all other countries, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths (New York Times)
  • Mar 26 Record number of Americans file for unemployment - 3.3 million according to US Department of Labor

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Mar 26 US charges Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and other officials with "narco-terrorism", by flooding the US with drugs

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • Mar 26 Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to all 51 murders in New Zealand
  • Mar 27 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted the coronavirus COVID-19 and that he will continue to lead the country "thanks to the wizardry of modern technology" while in self-isolation
  • Mar 27 $2.2 trillion stimulus package, largest in US history, signed into law by President Donald Trump saying "I never signed anything with a 'T' on it"
  • Mar 28 US President Donald Trump makes grim projection that 240,000 American could die from coronavirus COVID-19, even with restrictions in place

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Mar 29 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari orders a lockdown in the cities of Lagos and Abuja after the country records 97 COVID-19 cases and one death

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Mar 29 US infectious disease expert Antony Fauci warns America may see between 100,000 - 200,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 30 Russian city Moscow begins a city-wide lockdown after 4 hours notice due to coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 30 Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to coronavirus COVID-19 as states of Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Florida issue lockdowns