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Historical Events in 2020 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 872

  • Jun 20 152nd Belmont Stakes: Tiz the Law with Manuel Franco aboard becomes first New York-bred winner of the event since 1882

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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 new record number of new daily cases of 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 COVID-19
  • 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 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 COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • Jun 23 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

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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

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Jun 24 COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN
  • Jun 24 Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic)
  • Jun 24 World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used 11 trillion to support their economies

  • Jun 25 WHO declares the Ebola outbreak in the Congo over. The second worst outbreak, it killed 2,280 people over 2 years
  • Jun 25 US Center of Disease Control estimates 20 million people in America have been infected with COVID-19, 10 times higher than confirmed cases
  • Jun 25 Australian airline Qantas announces it is cutting 6,000 jobs, a fifth of its workforce because of the pandemic

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Jun 25 American country music band "The Dixie Chicks" change their name to "The Chicks" to remove connotations of Confederate history, two weeks after band "Antebellum" changed their name to "Lady A"

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • Jun 25 Liverpool FC clinches first EPL soccer title in 30 years with 7 games to spare as Chelsea beats second-placed Manchester City, 2-1 at Stamford Bridge
  • Jun 26 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan
  • Jun 27 Ireland's coalition government appoints Micheál Martin as Prime Minister after four months of negotiations
  • Jun 27 Locust invasion labelled 'Swarmageddon' by The Times of India as it reaches Delhi
  • Jun 28 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 500,000, doubling in less than two months (Johns Hopkins)
  • Jun 28 COVID-19 cases surge in southern and western US states with California, Texas and Florida closing bars, Arizona reports 20% of tests returning as positive
  • Jun 28 50th anniversary of 1st Gay Pride march in New York City marked around the world
  • Jun 29 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 that abortion restrictions in Louisiana unconstitutional, striking down a 2014 state law
  • Jun 29 Golden State Killer and former police officer Joseph DeAngelo Jr pleads guilty to 12 murders and dozens of rapes
  • Jun 30 China's new national security legislation for Hong Kong comes into force
  • Jun 30 For the 1st time less than half the working age population is working in Brazil, with 7.8 million losing their job March - May, according to Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics

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Jun 30 FC Barcelona's Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal - a cheeky Panenka penalty - in a 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jul 1 Europe opens its borders to 15 safe countries after months of lockdown, excluding the US, Brazil and Russia
  • Jul 1 Word record drug haul of 14 tonnes of amphetamines seized by Italian police in Salerno worth $1.1 billion. Thought made in Syria by Islamic State.
  • Jul 1 Australian state of Melbourne re-imposes a COVID-19 lockdown on 36 Melbourne suburbs affecting 300,000 people
  • Jul 1 WHO says Middle East at "critical threshold" with COVID-19 cases over 1 million, 80% of deaths in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

Jul 1 Russian President Vladimir Putin wins national referendum allowing longer presidential terms of office

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Jul 1 America confirms more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day for the 1st time
  • Jul 2 Funeral for slain Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in Ambo amid nationwide unrest at his death that has killed over 80 people
  • Jul 2 Texas Governor Greg Abbott makes wearing face masks mandatory as cases of coronavirus soar in the state
  • Jul 2 More than 160 people die after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Hpakant area of Myanmar
  • Jul 2 British Darts Organisation’s commercial arm – BDO Enterprises Ltd, goes into liquidation due to lack of sponsorship; oversaw original professional, semi-pro and amateur competitions in Britain
  • Jul 4 Record rain in over island of Kyushu in Japan causes flooding killing a least 37 people with evacuation of more than 200,00
  • Jul 5 Mexico's COVID-19 death toll passes 30,000 as it becomes the world's 5th worst-affected country
  • Jul 5 Florida reports a record 11,458 daily COVID-19 cases
  • Jul 6 Zoonotic diseases, which jump from animals to humans, are increasing due to unsustainable farming and climate change according to new report by the UN

AgreementContract of Interest

Jul 6 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes agrees to the largest contract for an athlete in sports history, inking a 12-year deal that could end up being worth US$503 million

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • Jul 6 America officially begins withdrawing from the World Health Organization

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Jul 7 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces he has tested positive for COVID-19

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Jul 7 Texas records more than 10,000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the 1st time
  • Jul 7 India surpasses Russia to become the world's third-worst affected country, daily COVID-19 cases exceeding 20,000 and total cases over 700,000
  • Jul 7 Violent protests in Belgrade, Serbia, at government announcement of weekend lockdown due to COVID-19 surge
  • Jul 8 Australian city of Melbourne goes back into lockdown for six weeks after second outbreak of 700 active cases
  • Jul 8 Americans and Polynesians made contact around 1200 A.D. according to new genomic study in "Nature", people from eastern Polynesia had DNA from indigenous Colombia
  • Jul 8 US government issues directive that more than 1 million international students will be stripped of their visas if their courses entirely online
  • Jul 9 McGirt v. Oklahoma, in landmark case US Supreme Court rules Congress had not disestablished Oklahoma Indian reserves

TurkeyHagia Sophia

Jul 10 Sixth century cathedral Hagia Sophia turned into a mosque by decree issued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (converted to a mosque 1453-1934)

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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Jul 14 New study shows Andean condor, world's heaviest bird, can fly for 5 hours without flapping its wings (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
  • Jul 15 Heavy monsoon flooding in Indian north-eastern state of Assam affects more than 2 million people, kills more than 50
  • Jul 17 India becomes the third country to record 1 million cases of COVID-1, 56% concentrated in Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu

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Jul 18 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Mumbai

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Jul 19 World Formula 1 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton wins a record 8th Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to equal Michael Schumacher's record of wins at a single circuit (French GP)

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • Jul 19 First Arab interplanetary mission, the Mars "Hope" orbiter launches on board Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center

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Jul 19 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says 25 million Iranians already infected with COVID-19, 35 million at risk (official figure just 269,440)

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • Jul 19 Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler criticizes federal policing of protesters in his city, calling it unconstitutional
  • Jul 20 Announcement that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) is able to trigger immune response and antibodies
  • Jul 20 United Kingdom suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong in wake of new Chinese security laws for the territory
  • Jul 20 Scientists find evidence of volcanoes on Venus, showing the planet is not as dormant as previously thought (Nature Geoscience)

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Jul 20 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score 50 goals in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League with a double in Juventus' 2-1 win over Lazio

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jul 21 Former Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir goes on trial in Khartoum for the 1989 coup that toppled the government
  • Jul 21 Russian interference in British politics is 'the new normal' according to report by British Intelligence and Security Committee
  • Jul 21 European Union agrees huge €750 billion ($859 billion) post-COVID-19 stimulus bill
  • Jul 21 Stage 1 of the controversial filling of Blue Nile River dam announced completed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed
  • Jul 22 California passes New York total for COVID-19 cases (415,763 vs 415,094), though NY death toll much higher

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Jul 22 Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West's struggles with his bipolar disorder on Instagram

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
TV Personality and Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality and Model
Kim Kardashian
  • Jul 23 US confirmed cases of COVID-19 pass 4 million with death toll over 143,000. Real number of cases likely up to 13x higher according to CDC.

  • Jul 23 China launches its first mission to Mars, Tianwen-1, a combined orbiter, lander and rover, from Wenchang Launch Site, Hainan Island
  • Jul 23 South Africa records more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases amid surging infections and decides to shut schools for a month

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Jul 23 US President Trump says he could send 75,000 federal agents to deal with violence in American cities like Portland, drawing backlash

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jul 25 North Korea reports first 'suspected' case of COVID-19 in city of Kaesong
  • Jul 25 Hurricane Hanna, 1st of the 2020 season, makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast as a category 1 storm
  • Jul 25 Cargo ship MV Wakashio runs aground off the coast of Mauritius and begins leaking oil

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Jul 26 Body of civil rights activist John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the last time (beaten there 55 years ago) with a military honor guard as part of a remembrance ceremony

Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis
Civil Rights Leader and Congressman
John Lewis
  • Jul 26 Italian football giants Juventus wins its 9th straight Serie A title with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschiin in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria
  • Jul 27 US congressman John Lewis becomes the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Rotunda in Washington D.C.
  • Jul 27 Google decides its employees can work from home until July 2021, the largest tech company to commit to working from home

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Jul 27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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Jul 28 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak found guilty of corruption, sentenced to 12 years and fined nearly $50 million

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Jul 28 Iter, the world's largest nuclear fusion project, begins assembly in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France
  • Jul 29 Scaled back Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia with no foreigners
  • Jul 30 NASA launches to Mars its Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter aboard a V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Jul 30 Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the funeral of congressman John Lewis, with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
  • Jul 30 The US economy posts the largest quarterly fall on record with GDP down 9.5% for the 3 months to June 30
  • Jul 30 Federal law enforcement officers begin a phased withdrawal from Portland amid criticism of their actions to shut down Black Lives Matter protests
  • Jul 31 Eurozone economic activity falls 11.9% for April-June with Spain the worst at -18.5%, its deepest in modern times
  • Jul 31 Mexico overtakes the UK to have the world's third highest death toll from COVID-19 with 46,688 fatalities

  • Jul 31 Apple wildfire starts near Beaumont, California, forcing the evacuation of nearly 8,000 people over the next few days

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Aug 1 Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens, after Musk tweets in support of a conspiracy theory that they did

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Aug 2 SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico, 1st commercial crewed mission
  • Aug 2 Australian state of Victoria announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases
  • Aug 2 South Africa confirms over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,107 deaths, highest total on the African continent
  • Aug 2 United Arab Emirates starts up the Arab world's first nuclear power station at the Barakah plant
  • Aug 2 Islamic State stages a jail break at a prison in Afghan city of Jalalabad, placing bombs at its entrance, results in 20 hr gunfight, 29 deaths and over 300 prisoners at large
  • Aug 3 Spain's former King Juan Carlos announces he will go into exile abroad amid his implication in a corruption inquiry
  • Aug 3 Number of Iranian COVID-19 deaths triple that of government tally, showing 42,000 have died instead of 14,405, according to BBC Persian Service investigation [1]
  • Aug 3 Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the US as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
  • Aug 4 UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries, 94% worldwide [1]
  • Aug 4 COVID-19 infection spike forces a return to lockdown in Manila and surrounding provinces in the Philippines, affecting 27 million people as cases pass 100,000
  • Aug 4 Huge explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 200 and leaves over 6,000 thousand people injured

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Aug 5 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the cornerstone for a new Hindu temple at Ayodhya Ram to replace a previous Muslim mosque

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Aug 6 COVID-19 detected cases in Africa pass 1 million with 21,983 deaths
  • Aug 6 US COVID-19 death toll could reach 300,000 by 1 December, about 70,000 lives saved if masks worn consistently, according to University of Washington study [1]

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 7 Cardi B releases single "WAP", featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Rapper Cardi B
Rapper
Cardi B
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Megan Thee Stallion
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Megan Thee Stallion

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Aug 8 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • Aug 9 PGA Championship Men's Golf, TPC Harding Park: 23 year old American Collin Morikawa fires final round 64 (-6) to win his first major title by 2 strokes from Paul Casey of England
  • Aug 9 New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19

  • Aug 9 Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world's 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 9 Disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.

Human Rights Activist and Politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Human Rights Activist and Politician
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • Aug 10 Global COVID-19 cases pass 20 million and is accelerating, 1st 10 million took almost 6 months, 2nd 10 million took just 43 days (Reuters)
  • Aug 10 Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announces his government is resigning, less than a week after massive industrial explosions devastated Beirut
  • Aug 10 Rare wind storm (derecho) hits the US Midwest flattening cornfields, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, killing two people

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Aug 10 Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is the most high-profile figure arrested in Hong Kong under its new security laws

Entrepreneur and Pro-Democracy Activist Jimmy Lai
Entrepreneur and Pro-Democracy Activist
Jimmy Lai

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Aug 11 US Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden announces California Senator Kemala Harris is his running mate, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • Aug 11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 11 Belarus's opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya flees the country amid large-scale protests over the country's disputed election results that returned Dictator Alexander Lukashenko to power

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
Human Rights Activist and Politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Human Rights Activist and Politician
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
  • Aug 12 UK posts its worst quarterly economic slump on record, -20.4% (Apr-Jun), pushing it into the largest recession worldwide
  • Aug 12 Europe fights a new COVID-19 surge with Germany, France and Spain posting their largest daily infection totals for three months
  • Aug 12 Yemen authorities say at least 172 people died in floods caused by torrential rains, which have also destroyed historic buildings in Sanaa, a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Aug 13 Israel strikes historic deal with the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations, Israel suspends plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank
  • Aug 13 New details about enormous "Terror Crocodile" (Deinosuchus), the size of a bus, with teeth as big as bananas, that lived during late Cretaceous period (75-84 million years ago) in North America published [1]
  • Aug 14 Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda breaks Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old 5,000m world record with a run of 12:35.36 at the Diamond League meet in Monaco
  • Aug 16 Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenko
  • Aug 16 At least 17 people killed in attack on beach resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, by al-Shabab group

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Aug 16 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • Aug 16 Japan's economy, the world's third largest, posts its worst-ever decline, falling 7.8% (April-June quarter)
  • Aug 16 Biggest protests in Thailand in six years as 10,000 people demonstrate in Bangkok for reforms of the government and the monarchy

  • Aug 17 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 1st US college to send students home and convert to online classes after 135 COVID-19 cases detected
  • Aug 18 Joe Biden is formally nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate during the second night of their 1st ever virtual convention
  • Aug 18 California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency as 27 fires burn across the state amid a continuing heat wave
  • Aug 18 Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council
  • Aug 19 Apple becomes the 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion, just 2 years after it reached $1 trillion valuation
  • Aug 19 Largest floods in 70 years wet the toes of giant 71m Leshan Buddha carved by a river just outside Chengdu, China with 100,000 people evacuated
  • Aug 19 US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he will suspend controversial plan to cut costs until after the election
  • Aug 19 Golfing dinner termed #GolfGatet appearing to flout COVID-19 restrictions, attended by Irish political figures, prompts two politicians to later resign
  • Aug 20 Former adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border

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Aug 20 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 20 Kamala Harris accepts her nomination for vice-president, becoming the 1st US woman of color on a major-party ticket saying "there is no vaccine for racism"

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
Kamala Harris
  • Aug 21 American golfer Scottie Scheffler makes birdie on 4 of final 5 holes to become 12th player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 in 2nd round of the Northern Trust at TPC Boston
  • Aug 21 Actress Lori Loughlin sentenced to two months in prison along with her husband for her role in US college admissions bribery scandal

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 21 BTS's release new single Dynamite, becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star
Jimin
  • Aug 22 13 people die in a stampede at an illegal disco in Lima, Peru, during a police raid to shut it down
  • Aug 22 Fires burning in Northern California declared Major Disaster with LNU Lightning Complex Fire (341,243 acres) and SCU Lightning Complex Fire (339,968) among the 3 largest wildfires in state history
  • Aug 22 Mexican COVID-19 death toll passes 60,000, world's third highest
  • Aug 23 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Sophia Popov of Germany claims her first Tour title by 2 strokes from Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura; at #304, lowest ranked player to win a major
  • Aug 23 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Kingsley Coman heads German giants Bayern Munich to the club's 6th crown in a 1-0 win over Paris St-Germain
  • Aug 23 President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces she is stepping away from the White House for family reasons

  • Aug 23 US Republican party convention begins by formally renominating Donald Trump for a second presidential term
  • Aug 23 Indianapolis 500: 2017 champion Takuma Sato of Japan wins his 2nd title under yellow caution flag after a crash with 3 laps remaining

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Aug 23 US black man Jacob Blake shot and injured by police in front of his children in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prompting violent protests

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake
  • Aug 24 First documented case of a person being re-infected with COVID-19 a second time, a Hong Kong man four months after first infection

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Aug 25 WHO announces that Africa has eradicated polio (defined as four years since last case)

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • Aug 25 England's James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket; Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at first slip on 5th day of 3rd Test at Southampton
  • Aug 25 Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
  • Aug 26 Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (29) is the youngest to win the International Booker prize for their debut novel "The Discomfort of Evening"
  • Aug 26 At least 100 people killed in flash floods in the city of Charikar, Afghanistan, with 500 houses destroyed
  • Aug 26 Milwaukee Bucks forfeit their NBA playoff game after the shooting of Jacob Blake, leading to the NBA postponing more games
  • Aug 27 Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life without parole, for the killing of 51 mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1st time the country imposes the sentence [1]
  • Aug 27 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana near the Texas border as a category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, killing at least 16

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 27 Mike Pence accepts nomination for vice president at the Republican convention, calling for "law and order" after the shooting of Jacob Blake

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake
  • Aug 28 Japanese tech company SkyDrive says it has completed the first manned test flight of a flying car
  • Aug 29 Elon Musk unveils pig named Gertrude with coin-sized computer in her brain, part of his Nuralink start-up creating a brain-to-machine interface
  • Aug 30 India reports world's highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases at 78,761
  • Aug 30 Global cases of COVID-19 pass 25 million with death toll at 843,000
  • Aug 31 US cases of COVID-19 pass 6 million with 183,300 deaths with California (699.000), Florida (619,000) recording the most (Johns Hopkins)
  • Aug 31 Singer Akon lays first stone for Akon city, futuristic solar-powered city to be built in Senegal, saying will be real-life version of Wakanda in "Black Panther"
  • Sep 1 BTS become the 1st all-Korean pop act to top the Billboard 100 singles chart with "Dynamite"

  • Sep 1 Rare protests in Mongolia against moves to teach school subjects in Mandarin instead of Mongolian
  • Sep 1 President Trump visits the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot, to offer support to law enforcement
  • Sep 2 Australia officially enters recession for the first time in almost 3 decades with GDP falling 7% (April-June)
  • Sep 2 English architect Richard Rogers designer of the Pompidou Centre and the Millennial Dome retires
  • Sep 2 Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi tests positive for COVID-19 and is later hospitalized
  • Sep 2 Press conference with body camera evidence brings to light death of African American Daniel Prude after being retrained by police back in March
  • Sep 3 MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, becomes world's richest woman worth $68 billion

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Sep 3 Actor Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19, shutting down production of the Batman film he is shooting

  • Sep 3 More healthcare workers have died of COVID-19 in Mexico than any other country - 1320 deaths vs 1077 (US) and 649 (UK) according to Amnesty International [1]
  • Sep 3 Philadelphia Phillies retire infielder Dick Allen's number 15 on the 57th anniversary of his MLB debut.
  • Sep 4 Record 52% of American 18-29-year-olds are living with their parents because of the pandemic according to Pew Research Center study [1]
  • Sep 5 146th Kentucky Derby: 8-1 underdog Authentic with John R. Velazquez aboard holds off heavy favourite Tiz the Law to give trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying 6th Derby win
  • Sep 5 More than 50 arrested as Portland, Oregon, marks 100 days of protests against racism and police brutality
  • Sep 6 Strain of Bacteria nicknamed "Conan the Bacterium' survives three years attached to the International Space Station in open space

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 6 World #1 tennis player Novak Đoković is sensationally disqualified in 4th round of US Open after hitting a ball in frustration, striking a line judge; trailed Pablo Carreño Busta 5-6 in 1st set

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Sep 6 First chord change in 19 years in John Cage's "As Slow As Possible" composition, being played for 639 years, in Halberstadt, Germany
  • Sep 6 Premier Daniel Andrews announces roadmap out of restrictions for the Australian state of Victoria, but extends lockdown till September 28
  • Sep 6 100,000 people demonstrate in Minsk against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, amid month-long protests against his re-election
  • Sep 6 Los Angeles County reported its highest-ever temperature of 121F (49.4C)
  • Sep 7 Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Dustin Johnson wins by 3 strokes from Xander Schauffele & Justin Thomas; claims FedEx Cup, equal biggest winner's prize in golf, US$15m
  • Sep 7 India overtakes Brazil to record the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases with 4.2 million
  • Sep 7 Wildfires have burnt a record 2 million acres in California 2020 fire season, more than the state of Delaware according to Cal Fire
  • Sep 8 Two ex-Myanmar soldiers testify they were ordered to rape and kill Muslim Rohingya villagers, 1st public confession of army-directed crimes against Rohingya [1]
  • Sep 8 Moria refugee camp, Europe's biggest migrant camp burns down on the Greek island of Lesbos, leaving 13,000 without shelter