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2020 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

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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."

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

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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

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 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 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 COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • Jun 8 National Bureau of Economic Research announces the US officially entered recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years)
  • Jun 8 World Bank says the 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 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 COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • Jun 9 US Senate confirms General Charles Q. Brown as Air Force Chief of Staff, 1st African American to lead a US armed forces branch
  • 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 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 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 17 Former police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta charged with his murder and aggravated assault
  • Jun 17 First major breakthrough in treating COVID-19 using steroid dexamethasone announced by Oxford University

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Jun 18 US Supreme Court rules the Obama-era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 18 Global 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

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Jun 19 Australian government and companies suffer a months-long state-based cyber attack according to PM Scott Morrison

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
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 Highest-ever temperature recorded in the Arctic circle, 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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 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 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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)
  • 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

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Jul 21 Stage 1 of the controversial filling of Blue Nile River dam announced completed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Abiy Ahmed
  • Jul 22 California passes New York total for COVID-19 cases (415,763 vs 415,094), though NY death toll much higher
  • 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.

Deaths in History