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Historical Events in 2020 (Part 2)

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Mar 30 International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic
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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
  • Mar 31 British pensioner Robert Weighton becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years
  • Apr 1 All England Lawn Tennis Club cancels Wimbledon for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic; entire grass-court season abandoned

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Apr 1 US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight Coronavirus COVID-19

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Apr 2 Record 6.6 million Americans filed claims for unemployment in last week according to the US Department of Labor, 10 million over 2 weeks
  • Apr 2 Number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 1 million, with 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins University

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Apr 2 Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro downplays the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic saying "its not all its being made out to be"

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Apr 2 Spain's death toll passes 10,000 (10003), as it posts a record single-day rise of 950 deaths
  • Apr 2 New study shows western Antarctica once swampy with temperate forests 93-83 million years ago during Cretaceous period, according to Alfred Wegener Institute
  • Apr 3 US aircraft carrier captain Brett Crozier cheered off his ship after being fired for a letter demanding more help for his sailors infected with coronavirus COVID-19

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Apr 3 London's Nightingale hospital opened by Prince Charles (remotely) after nine days with 4,000 beds to treat coronavirus COVID-19 patients at the ExCeL Centre

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Apr 3 27 people swept off a ferry and feared dead in the Solomon Islands during Cyclone Harold
  • Apr 4 WrestleMania XXXVI, WWE Performance Center, Orlando FL, Part 1: The Undertaker defeats AJ Styles in a Boneyard match; Becky Lynch beats Shayna Baszler to retain Raw Women's C'ship

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Apr 5 British monarch Queen Elizabeth II makes an address to the nation “we will meet again”, for only the 5th time in her 66-year reign

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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Apr 5 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from coronavirus COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Apr 5 WrestleMania XXXVI, WWE Performance Center, Orlando FL, Part 2: Drew McIntyre defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE C'ship; Charlotte Flair beats Rhea Ripley for NXT Women's title

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Apr 6 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces state of emergency in seven prefectures and a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package as coronavirus COVID-19 cases climb

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Apr 6 Nadia, a tiger at the Bronz Zoo, tests positive for COVID-19, 1st known case of human-to-cat transmission
  • Apr 6 US coronavirus COVID-19 death toll passes 10,000 in six weeks, with more than 356,000 American infected, New York death toll reaches 4,758
  • Apr 6 149th British Open Men's Golf Championship is cancelled for the first time since WWII due to the coronavirus pandemic; Royal St George's GC to host event in 2021
  • Apr 6 Cyclone Harold makes landfall in Vanuatu, leaving thousands of houses destroyed and 2 dead
  • Apr 7 China ends its lockdown of Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic after 76 days as the country reports no new deaths for the 1st time
  • Apr 7 Australia's highest court overturns the child sexual abuse conviction of Catholic Cardinal George Pell
  • Apr 7 US acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns after calling Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Thomas Roosevelt "too naive and too stupid" in address to the crew
  • Apr 7 Wisconsin holds its Democratic primary with in-person voting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, after a mail-in voting rejected by the Wisconsin Legislature

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Apr 8 Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for US president

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Apr 8 Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 8 World Trade organization predicts a drop in global trade greater than the 2008 financial crisis, between 13% and 32% for 2020
  • Apr 11 Brazil is the 1st country in the southern hemisphere to report more than 1,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19, with 1,056 deaths and 19,638 cases
  • Apr 12 OPEC and other major oil companies agree to the largest-ever drop in production to stabilize world prices

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Apr 12 Pope Francis calls for the world to be united in the face of COVID-19 as he delivers his Easter message from an empty St Peter's Cathedral in Rome

  • Apr 12 Huge storm system produces more than 40 tornadoes in the US from Texas to South Carolina killing 32 people across six states
  • Apr 13 Bernie Sanders endorses former rival Joe Biden for president

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Apr 13 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings a special Easter concert in the deserted Milan cathedral accompanied by an organist

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

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Apr 13 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says “I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” about the coronoavirus COVID-19 pandemic in New York as death toll passes 10,000

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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Apr 14 Barack Obama endorses his former Vice President Joe Biden for president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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Apr 14 PM Narendra Modi extends India's coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown until May 3

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Apr 14 Parts of Europe begin to ease lockdown restrictions after 5-6 weeks with some shops opening in Austria and parts of Italy
  • Apr 14 IMF warns the global economy expected to contract by 3% in 2020 due to coronavirus COVID-19 "Great Lockdown", steepest downturn since the Great Depression
  • Apr 14 US President Donald Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization pending a review, for mistakes in handling the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and for being "China-centric", prompting international criticism
  • Apr 15 South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under Coronavirus COVID-19, President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic party wins in a landslide
  • Apr 15 Revised death count for New York taking into account assumed coronavirus COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367
  • Apr 16 New study claims a multi-decade megadrought is already under way in the western US, published in journal "Science"
  • Apr 16 Nationwide State of Emergency declared in Japan till 6 May due to worsening Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
  • Apr 16 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in 4 weeks (5.2 million in the last week), wiping out 9 1/2 years of job gains
  • Apr 17 WHO warns Africa could be next epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases
  • Apr 18 French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of coronavirus COVID-19, prompting an investigation
  • Apr 18 Canada's worst modern mass shooting as a gunman kills 18 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, across Nova Scotia

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Apr 19 Together At Home concert for coronavirus COVID-19 aid curated by Lady Gaga and streamed worldwide

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • Apr 19 US coronavirus death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally
  • Apr 19 UK coronavirus COVID-19 death toll reaches 16,060 (hospitals only), as "The Sunday Times" criticizes Boris Johnson's government's response, saying they "sleepwalked into disaster"
  • Apr 19 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths
  • Apr 20 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions
  • Apr 20 Price of US oil turns negative for the 1st time in history - West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US oil, falls as low as minus $37.63 a barrel as worldwide demand falls
  • Apr 20 The last three cruise ships still afloat around the world dock finally dock at the ports of Marseille, Barcelona and Los Angeles
  • Apr 21 US President Donald Trump announces new 60-day ban on most green cards for the US
  • Apr 21 At least 25,000 extra people across 11 countries have died during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that were not previously counted according to new mortality figures
  • Apr 21 South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa announces $26 billion aid package and plans for gradual reopening of economy as cases reach 3,465 with 58 deaths
  • Apr 21 Health Secretary Matt Hancock and UK government come under criticism for lack of personal protective equipment and testing for COVID-19 (despite pledge to test 100,000 a day only 19,000 done April 20th)
  • Apr 21 Mexico says it is entering stage three of its coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, with rapid spread and hospitalizations from 8,772 infections and 712 deaths
  • Apr 22 Sudan bans female genital mutation and makes it a criminal offense
  • Apr 23 First findings of a frog fossil 40 million years old, found on Seymour Island, Antartica (2015) published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Apr 23 Ecuador's coronavirus COVID-19 death toll possibly one of world's highest per capita after 7,600 more deaths than usual (503 official toll), in report by "The New York Times"

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Apr 23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns this is "not the end phase but still just the beginning" of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • Apr 23 US President Donald Trump suggests coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant or UV lights into a human body at a White House press briefing. Government officials and disinfectant companies quickly state doing so is not only extremely dangerous but potentially deadly.
  • Apr 27 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 pass 3 million with the death toll at 205,000. US has 1/3 of all new cases.
  • Apr 28 US confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 pass 1 million, while death toll of 58,365 surpasses that of US soldiers killed in Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins)
  • Apr 28 US Department of Defense releases three declassified videos of possible UFOs from 2004 and 2015

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Apr 28 President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of coronavirus infections, with 93,000 recorded cases and 867 deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Apr 28 Argentina bans all commercial domestic and international flights until September 1 because of coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 29 A mile-wide asteroid named 1998 OR2 passes within 3.9 million miles of Earth
  • Apr 29 US GDP falls 4.8% for the financial quarter, officially ending the country's growth streak. Worst contraction since 2008.
  • Apr 29 UK official death toll reaches 26,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19 as care home and community deaths included
  • Apr 29 Fire at an Icheon warehouse, South Korea, kills 38
  • Apr 30 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail V. Mishustin says he has coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 30 South Korea reports no new domestic cases of coronavirus COVID-19 for 1st time, their virus cases peaked Feb 29
  • Apr 30 British Captain Tom Moore, who raised more £30 million for the National Health Service walking in his garden, turns 100 and made an honorary colonel by the Queen

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Apr 30 Eurozone economy shrinks at -3.8% between Jan and Mar 2020, the fastest rate on record with Euro Bank President Christine Lagarde warning the 2nd quarter will be even worse

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde
  • Apr 30 UK PM Boris Johnson says Britain is past the peak of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
  • Apr 30 US President Donald Trump claims coronavirus COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, while the Office of the Director of National Intelligence saying the virus is not manmade
  • May 1 Prison riot leaves more than 40 dead and many injured at Los Llanos jail, near Guanare city, Venezuela

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May 1 Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 types of assault-style weapons in response to recent Nova Scotia shooting

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

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May 1 Tweets by Elon Musk saying Tesla's share price is too high wipe $14 billion off the carmaker's value

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • May 1 Armed protesters against stay-at-home-orders gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer reinstates State of Emergency
  • May 2 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Icelandic actor who played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in Game of Thrones, sets a world deadlifting record by lifting 501kg (1,104lb)
  • May 3 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of coronavirus COVID-19 and should be held accountable
  • May 3 Investor Warren Buffet dumps his holdings in four major US airlines saying "the world has changed" for aviation and reflecting increasingly bleak outlook for the industry
  • May 3 Brazilian confirmed coronavirus COVD-19 cases pass 100,000 with the death toll at 7,025, the 9th country to do so
  • May 4 Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany opens schools
  • May 4 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for coronavirus COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part

  • May 4 India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer coronavirus COVID-19 cases
  • May 5 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 reach 3.65 million, US cases pass 70,000 while the UK becomes the most affected in Europe with 29,427 known deaths
  • May 5 São Luis, in Maranhão state becomes the first Brazilian city to enter lockdown because of coronavirus COVID-19 as its health services struggles to cope
  • May 6 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19
  • May 6 Irish organisation repays a 170 year old favor, raising over $2 million (to date) for US Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation badly affected by coronavirus. In 1840s Choctaw Nation sent $170 to aid Irish potato famine.
  • May 6 At least 90,000 healthcare workers worldwide infected by coronavirus COVID-19, more than 260 nurses have died according to International Council of Nurses
  • May 6 Former intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi sworn in as new Iraqi Prime Minister, 3rd to be nominated in six months
  • May 7 UK economy heading for its' worst crash in 300 years (-14%), since 1706, according to Bank of England forecast
  • May 7 US Father and son arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, after video of the killing surfaces
  • May 7 Toxic leak at Indian chemical factory near Visakhapatnam kills at least 13 and injures many when it tried to reopen after lockdown
  • May 7 US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million or 20% of the workforce, vs two months ago unemployment 3.5%, a 50-year low
  • May 8 Two US White House staffers test positive for coronairus and three members of the coronavirus task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus
  • May 8 11-year old Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury creates world record by performing 1st 1080 degree turn on a vertical ramp
  • May 10 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 rise above 4 million with death toll above 270,000, according to Johns Hopkins
  • May 11 Colombian airline Avianca, and world's 2nd oldest, becomes 1st major airline to file for bankruptcy
  • May 11 World Health Organization warns “extreme vigilance” needed as many countries begin easing lockdowns
  • May 12 Russia's confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 reach 232,000, 2nd highest in the world, a day after President Vladimir Putin eased the country's lockdown
  • May 12 Militants storm a hospital and a funeral in Kabul, Afghanistan, shooting aout 40 people dead including new mothers and their babies
  • May 12 US coronarvirus taskforce testifies to the Senate that the US "is not out of the woods yet" that the pandemic is not under control and risks surge in cases if reopens too soon
  • May 12 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a $260 million economic rescue package, worth 10% of GDP
  • May 12 Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, draws up plans to test all 11 million residents after it records a new cluster of 6 cases
  • May 13 Every African country now has cases of coronavirus COVID-19 as Lesotho becomes the last county on the continent to record a case
  • May 14 Former pandemic agency head Rick Bright testifies to a US House Committee "without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history"
  • May 14 Global death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections
  • May 15 Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to coronavirus COVID-19, as figures show economy shrank 2.2% 1st 3 months of 2020

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May 16 118-year old American department store JC Penney files for bankruptcy

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney

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May 17 Israel swears in a new government led by both Benny Gantz, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 510 days

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

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May 17 Michael Jordan's autographed Air Nike 1s trainers from 1985 sell for a record $560,000 in an online auction

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • May 17 Barack Obama criticizes the US government's handling of the pandemic during an online address to graduates, saying officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge"
  • May 18 US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19

  • May 19 WHO member states agree to set up an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic, including looking at the WHO itself
  • May 19 Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17% worldwide in April 2020 when world was in lockdown, in study published in "Nature Climate Change"
  • May 19 Two dams on Tittabawassee River in central Michigan breached by floodwaters, forcing evacuation of thousands of residents
  • May 20 WHO reports most new cases in a single day - 106,000 worldwide of coronavirus COVID-19
  • May 20 Cyclone Amphan comes ashore in West Bengal, East India and Bangladesh, with winds of 185 km per hour (115 mph) killing at least 84 people
  • May 22 China unveils new national security legislation against Hong Kong at its annual legislative session
  • May 22 Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi killing 97 with just two survivors
  • May 24 The New York Times prints front page with nearly 1,000 names of people who have died from coronvirus COVID-19, as the US toll nears 100,000
  • May 24 Millions of cicadas in a once in 17-year event about to emerge from the earth in the US south posing crop danger and noise issues, according to scientists from Virginia Tech
  • May 24 British PM Boris Johnson refuses to sack his senior aide Dominic Cummings, after it is revealed he broke the country's lockdown rules to drive across the country

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May 25 Video of African American George Floyd's arrest and murder while restrained in Minneapolis police custody shows he was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin's knee for 8 minuted and 46 seconds, ignites widespread condemnation and nationwide protests

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • May 26 Costa Rica becomes the first county in Central America to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 26 US restricts travel from Brazil as the country posts world's second highest number of recorded cases of coronavirus COVID-19

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May 26 J. K. Rowling begins publishing children's story "The Ickabog" online in installments

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • May 26 Twitter adds warning labels to warn about inaccuracies in US President Donald Trump's tweets for the first time
  • May 27 America's coronavirus COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000 (Johns Hopkins figures) equal to number of US servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan put together
  • May 27 Spain begins 10 days of mourning for victims of coronavirus COVID-19 with death toll just under 27,000
  • May 27 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer has autonomy from China, doesn't merit special trade relationship, in note to Congress
  • May 27 Locust swarms in western and central India worst since 1993 after spreading from Pakistan and Iran and due to extreme weather
  • May 28 Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declares State of Emergency in Minneapolis and activates the Minnesota National Guard after protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody

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May 28 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls for new protections for women after the 'honor killing' of a 14-year old by her father

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • May 30 Record number of coronavirus COVID-10 cases reported worldwide 134,064, driven by hot spots in Brazil, Peru, Egypt, South Africa and Bangladesh
  • May 30 SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying the Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. First private company to launch astronauts into space.
  • Jun 1 US President Trump threatens to employ the military to quell protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd then walks with staff to St. John’s Church
  • Jun 2 New outbreak of Ebola has killed five people in city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jun 2 Brazilian death toll passes 30,000 from coronavirus COVID-19 at 31,199 with 555,383 number of cases confirmed, 2nd only to the US

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Jun 2 UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing "endemic inequalities" around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 2 UK death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 passes 50,000 (50,032) according to its Office of National Statistics
  • Jun 3 Three former police officers charged in connection with death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin's charge upgraded to second degree murder
  • Jun 3 Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says in The Atlantic: "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us."

  • Jun 4 Thousands ignore a recent ban and mark the anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong
  • Jun 4 UN report criticizing human rights violations in the Philippines, including deaths of 8,000 during its war on drugs, a day after county's House of Representatives passed new anti-terrorism law
  • Jun 4 Memorial for George Floyd led by Rev. Al Sharpton, killed in police custody, in Minneapolis, as 10th night of protests at his death held around the country
  • Jun 4 State of Emergency declared after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spills near Russian city of Norilsk, Siberia within the Arctic Circle
  • Jun 7 US National Guard pulled out of Washington D.C. and curfew ends in New York as anti-racism protests stay largely peaceful
  • Jun 7 Black Lives Matter Protests continue worldwide in large numbers, In Bristol England statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston pulled down
  • Jun 7 Coronavirus COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases at 6,973,195 according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • Jun 8 New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to coronavirus COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • Jun 8 United States officially went into recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years), according to National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Jun 8 World Bank says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020
  • Jun 8 The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for coronavirus COVID-19
  • Jun 8 Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan is the first woman to reach deepest point of the ocean - Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Formerly the first American woman to spacewalk.
  • Jun 8 Lockdowns for coronavirus COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • Jun 10 Swedish prosecutors close the case on the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme after 34 years, saying the probable killer is dead
  • Jun 10 Cameroon's conflict with English-speaking separatists rated world's most-neglected conflict according to Norwegian Refugee Council

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Jun 10 Statues of Confederate figures and explorers become focus of #BlackLivesMatter protests, with many removed including of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and of Christopher Columbus in Richmond

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Jun 11 Bodies of 46 migrants recovered off the coast of Tunisia after a boat capsized a few days before
  • Jun 11 Pan-American Health Organisation warns pandemic spreading "exponentially" in many areas of the region, home to nearly half of all cases worldwide
  • Jun 12 African American Rayshard Brooks shot dead in drive-through carpark in Atlanta leading to further protests at police violence and the resignation of city's police chief
  • Jun 14 India reports surge of nearly 12,000 a day confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases (320,922 overall), the world's fourth-affected country, as death toll hits 9,195

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Jun 15 Philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year' Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated

Journalist and Author Maria Ressa
Journalist and Author
Maria Ressa
  • Jun 15 New coronavirus COVID-19 cluster of more than 100 cases in Beijing called a 'significant event' by WHO
  • Jun 15 In landmark decision US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace
  • Jun 16 At least 20 Indian soldiers killed in 1st deadly clash on the Chinese Indian border in 45 years in the Galwan Valley, Himalayas
  • Jun 16 Support from Manchester United player Marcus Rashford and others forces UK Government to make U-turn on summer school meal vouchers
  • Jun 17 Former police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta charged with his murder and aggravated assault
  • Jun 17 First major breakthrough in treating coronavirus COVID-19 using steroid dexamethasone announced by Oxford University
  • Jun 17 Actor Danny Masterson charged with raping three women
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court rules the Obama-era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay
  • Jun 18 Global coronavirus COVID-19 death toll passes 450,000 (451,118) with 8,421,357 cases known according to Johns Hopkins figures

  • Jun 18 Canadian coronavirus COVID-19 known cases pass 100,000 with 8,361 deaths
  • Jun 19 Australian government and companies ares under a months-long state-based cyber attack says PM Scott Morrison
  • Jun 20 Donald Trump controversially holds his first re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, only 6,200 people attend despite the campaign stating 1 million had registered. Social media campaign organised by teens on TikTok, K-Pop fans and others, claims responsibility for wildly inflating the expected attendance.
  • Jun 20 Arctic circle record its highest-ever temperature of 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, Siberia
  • Jun 20 Three men stabbed to death, with three others injured, in a terrorist attack in a park in Reading, England
  • Jun 20 Historic dust cloud from the Sahara desert reaches the Caribbean, largest for half a century

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Jun 21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Jun 21 WHO records a record number of new daily cases of coronavirus COVID-19 - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America.
  • Jun 21 New archaeological discovery announced near Stonehenge of a large circle of shafts surrounding a village 2500 BC, largest prehistoric structure in Britain
  • Jun 21 Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to coronavirus
  • Jun 22 Japanese supercomputer Fugaku in Kobe by Riken institute wins world contest to be the fastest
  • Jun 22 New York City, once the epicentre of the pandemic in America, begins stage 2 of re-opening, allowing outdoor dinning and some in-store shopping
  • Jun 22 US government data shows African Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for coronavirus COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic
  • Jun 22 Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths (officially) with states of Amazonas, Pará, Ceará, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro most effected.
  • Jun 23 Germany locks down a second area after a spike in coronavirus cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • Jun 23 Coronavirus COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000
  • Jun 23 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses
  • Jun 24 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks
  • Jun 24 COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN