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2020 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 722

  • Apr 18 French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of 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
  • Apr 19 US COVID-19 death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally

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Apr 19 UK 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"

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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Apr 19 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most 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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  • Apr 20 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some 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

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Apr 21 US President Donald Trump announces new 60-day ban on most green cards for the US

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Apr 21 At least 25,000 extra people across 11 countries have died during 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 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, Antarctica (2015) published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Apr 23 Ecuador's COVID-19 death toll is then 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 COVID-19 pandemic

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Apr 23 US President Donald Trump suggests COVID-19 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 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 COVID-19 pass 1 million, while death toll of 58,365 surpasses that of US soldiers killed in Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins)

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Apr 28 President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of COVID-19 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 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 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 COVID-19
  • Apr 30 South Korea reports no new domestic cases of 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 COVID-19 outbreak
  • Apr 30 US President Donald Trump claims 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

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May 3 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo

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May 3 Investor Warren Buffett dumps his holdings in four major US airlines saying "the world has changed" for aviation, reflecting an increasingly bleak outlook for the industry

Investor Warren Buffett
Investor
Warren Buffett
  • May 3 Brazilian confirmed COVID-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 COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
  • May 4 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
  • May 4 India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases
  • May 5 Global confirmed cases of 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 COVID-19 as its health services struggle to cope
  • May 6 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of 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 COVID-19. In 1840s Choctaw Nation sent $170 to aid Irish potato famine.
  • May 6 At least 90,000 healthcare workers worldwide infected by 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 COVID-19 and three members of the coronavirus task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus
  • May 10 Global confirmed cases of 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 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 an estimated 40 people dead including new mothers and their babies
  • May 12 US coronavirus task force 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

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May 12 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a $260 million economic rescue package, worth 10% of GDP

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • May 12 Wuhan, epicenter of the COVID-19 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 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 COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections
  • May 15 Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to 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 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"

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 18 US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19
  • 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 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 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

MurderMurder of Interest

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 minutes 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 COVID-19

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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 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 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 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 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 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

Deaths in History