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2020 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 722

  • 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

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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 COVID-19

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister of Italy
Giuseppe Conte

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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 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 COVID-19 cases reach 5,800 with 233 deaths
  • Mar 8 America registers 521 cases of COVID-19 with 21 deaths across 33 states

PandemicCOVID-19

Mar 9 Italy announces it is locking down the whole country due to a spike in COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths

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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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  • Mar 9 National one-day women's strike held in Mexico to protest high rates of femicide (more than 10 women murdered every day)

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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

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

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Mar 10 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladimir Putin to hold office of President for life

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

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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 COVID-19 detected

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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Mar 11 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 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

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Mar 12 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries, though not the UK, due to COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added a day later)

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

  • Mar 13 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to fight 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

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates

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Mar 13 African American Breonna Taylor shot and killed by police officers executing a no-knock warrant on her flat with a battering ram in Louisville, Kentucky [1]

Victim of Police Brutality Breonna Taylor
Victim of Police Brutality
Breonna Taylor
  • 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 COVID-19 and it was domestic
  • Mar 15 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as 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 COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mar 16 Global infections and deaths from COVID-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 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 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 17 European Union announces a 30-day ban on entering its 26 countries for almost all travelers as it struggles to contain COVID-19
  • 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 COVID-19 emergency
  • Mar 18 Turing Award given to Pixar employees Pat Hanraha and Ed Catmull for three-dimensional computer graphics

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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 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 COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China's official total (3,245) making it then the worst-affected country in the world
  • Mar 19 State of California with 910 cases of COVID-19 locks down and orders people to "stay at home"
  • Mar 19 Professional football in England is further postponed until 'no earlier than 30 April' due to the COVID-19 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
  • 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 COVID-19 as the worldwide death tolls surpasses 12,000 with 299,000 known infections (Johns Hopkins figures)

  • Mar 22 India puts 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to curb COVID-19

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Mar 22 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American 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 new center of the 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 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 COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days
  • Mar 23 COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in South Africa and the United Kingdom while other European nations extend and strengthen their lockdowns
  • Mar 23 African American Daniel Prude dies after being physically retrained by police in Rochester, New York, including having a hood put over his head

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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 COVID-19

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Mar 24 China's Hubei province, the original center of the 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 COVID-19

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Mar 25 Spain's death toll from COVID-19 overtakes China's at 3,434 to become then second worldwide behind Italy with 7,503 deaths with a worldwide toll of 20,836
  • Mar 26 American cases of COVID-19 exceed all other countries on this date, 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 COVID-19 but 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 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

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Mar 29 US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warns America may see between 100,000 - 200,000 deaths from COVID-19

Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert Anthony Fauci
Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert
Anthony Fauci
  • Mar 30 Russian city Moscow begins a city-wide lockdown after 4 hours notice due to COVID-19
  • Mar 30 Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to COVID-19 as states of Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Florida issue lockdowns
  • Mar 31 British pensioner Robert Weighton becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years
  • Apr 1 US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight COVID-19
  • 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 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 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 COVID-19
  • Apr 3 London's Nightingale hospital opened by Prince Charles (remotely) after nine days with 4,000 beds to treat COVID-19 patients at the ExCeL Centre
  • Apr 3 27 people swept off a ferry and feared dead in the Solomon Islands during Cyclone Harold

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

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Apr 6 Nadia, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo (New York City), tests positive for COVID-19, 1st known case of human-to-cat transmission
  • Apr 6 US 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 COVID-19 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 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-Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigns after calling USN Capt. Brett Crozier of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) "too naive and too stupid", in an address to the ship's 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 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 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

BeatificationEaster Message

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

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • Apr 14 PM Narendra Modi extends India's COVID-19 lockdown until May 3
  • 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 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 COVID-19 pandemic and for being "China-centric", prompting international criticism

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 15 South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under COVID-19, President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic party wins in a landslide

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • Apr 15 Revised death count for New York taking into account assumed COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367 at this date
  • Apr 15 US's deadliest day during COVID-19 pandemic with 2,752 deaths reported
  • 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 the worsening 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 COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases to date

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies of cancer at 63
  • Oct 18 Sid Hartman, American sports journalist (Minneapolis Star Tribune; WCCO 830 AM), dies at 100
  • Oct 18 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), dies at 83 [1]
  • Oct 19 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits), dies of lymphoma at 75
  • Oct 23 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), dies from multiple sclerosis at 62
  • Oct 24 Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 62
  • Nov 9 Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali politician, President of Mali (2002-12), dies at 72 [1]
  • Nov 11 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahraini royal and politician, world's longest serving Prime Minister (1970-2020), dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 13 Peter Sutcliffe, English murderer of 13 women "The Yorkshire Ripper", dies in prison of COVID-29 complications at 74 [1]
  • Nov 20 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian, writer and pioneering trans woman (Venice, Conundrum), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 20 Patriarch Irinej [ Miroslav Gavrilović], Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, dies of COVID-19 at 90 [1]
  • Nov 22 Doris de Agostini-Rossetti, Swiss alpine skier (Downhill World Cup 1982/1983), dies at 62
  • Nov 23 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 26 Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician and Imam, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-67, 1986-89), dies of COVID-19 at 84 [1]
  • Nov 29 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), dies at 88 [1]
  • Dec 2 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician, President of France (1974-81), dies of COVID-19 at 94
  • Dec 3 Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), dies at 94 [1]
  • Dec 3 Bill Fitsell, Canadian journalist, writer and historian (International Hockey Hall of Fame curator, historian 1969-2005), dies at 97
  • Dec 6 Paul Sarbanes, American politician (Senator-D-MD, 1977-2007, sponsored Sarbanes–Oxley Act), dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguayan politician and physician, President of Uruguay (2005-10, 2015-20), dies at 80 [1]
  • Dec 7 Doug Scott, English mountaineer (first ascent of south-west face of Mount Everest), dies at 79 [1]
  • Dec 7 Chuck Yeager, American test pilot who was the 1st man to break the sound barrier, dies at 97 [1] [2]
  • Dec 12 John le Carré [pen name for David Cornwell], English novelist (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), dies at 89
  • Dec 12 Jack Steinberger, American physicist (1988 Nobel Prize for Physics - Neutrinos), dies at 99 [1]
  • Dec 14 Jeannie Morris, American sports journalist and author (Chicago Daily News, WMAQ; 'Brian Piccolo: A Short Season', 2014 Ring Lardner Award), dies from appendix cancer at 85
  • Dec 18 Tim Severin, British author and explorer who replicated historic voyages, dies at 80
  • Dec 30 Samuel Little, American serial killer (who confessed to 93 murders), dies at 80 [1]
  • Dec 31 Joan Micklin Silver, American film director (Hester Street; Crossing Delancey), dies at 85
  • Dec 31 Richard Thornburgh, 76th United States Attorney General (1988-91) and 41st Governor of Pennsylvania (dealt with Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown), dies at 88 [1]