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2020 in History (Part 6)

Events in History

Events 501 - 600 of 728

  • 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

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Sep 9 Donald Trump purposely downplayed the pandemic in early 2020 to avoid panic according to Bob Woodward's new book "Rage"

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Author and Investigative Reporter Bob Woodward
Author and Investigative Reporter
Bob Woodward
  • Sep 9 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 900,000 with the US the most deaths at 190,589
  • Sep 9 San Francisco Bay area blanketed by dark orange skies and smoke due to California wildfires
  • Sep 10 Wildfires in Oregon cause 500,000 people to evacuate, 10% of the population with unprecedented 900,000 acres burnt
  • Sep 10 Austrian British researcher Martin Hairer wins Breakthrough prize for mathematics worth $3 million for work on stochastic analysis
  • Sep 10 California's August Complex wildfire becomes largest recorded in state history at 471,000 acres (736 square miles)
  • Sep 14 Astronomers report possible sign of life on Venus, after detecting phosphine in planets's atmosphere by telescope [1]
  • Sep 14 Israel becomes the 1st country to announce a second national lockdown due to COVID-19, for 3 weeks
  • Sep 14 Jakarta, Indonesia's biggest city of 10 million, imposes widespread restrictions again, amid warnings the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse
  • Sep 14 WHO reports largest-ever one-day COVID-19 case rise of 307,930, daily death toll of 5,500, overall death total is 917,417

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Sep 15 Scientific American issues its 1st ever presidential endorsement in 175 years by backing Joe Biden

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

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Sep 15 Family of Breonna Taylor announce $12 million wrongful death settlement with city of Louisville, Kentucky, after her death in botched police raid March 13

Victim of Police Brutality Breonna Taylor
Victim of Police Brutality
Breonna Taylor
  • Sep 16 Hurricane Sally makes landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a category 2 storm bringing serious flooding

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Sep 16 Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Prime Minister by the Japanese government after Shinzo Abe stood down due to ill health

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga
Prime Minister of Japan
Yoshihide Suga
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe

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Sep 17 Barbados announces its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Sep 17 More than 15,000 fires have caused widespread devastation in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands in 2020, according to its National Institute for Space Research
  • Sep 18 Cyclone Ianos, a rare 'medicane' begins sweeping across Greece, killing three
  • Sep 18 Earliest dated evidence for the human species in the Arabian Peninsula as fossilized footprints 120,000 years old uncovered in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert [1]
  • Sep 19 US President Donald Trump vows to swear in a new Supreme Court judge, despite the election being only 45 days away
  • Sep 20 FinCEN files leaked - over 2,000 mostly 'suspicious activity reports' to the US government showing banks allowed money laundering worth $2 trillion between 2000-17
  • Sep 21 Canadian province of Quebec expands restrictions, declaring it is in a second COVID-19 wave as cases across the country average 1,000 a day

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Sep 21 WHO Director Tedros Ghebreyesus says countries representing 2/3 of the world's population have joined its COVAX vaccine-distribution initiative to deliver 2 billion doses by end 2021

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Sep 22 America's COVID-19 death toll passes 200,000, more than any other country

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Sep 22 PM Boris Johnson announces that the UK has reached a 'perilous turning point' in the pandemic as he announces new restrictions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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Sep 22 President Xi Jinping of China pledges at the UN that the country will adopt stronger climate targets including becoming carbon neutral by 2060

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 23 Alexander Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term as President of Belarus in a secret ceremony, amid continued widespread protests against his re-election

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • Sep 23 Kentucky grand jury indicts only one of three officers for wanton engagement for shooting unarmed Breonna Taylor in Louisville
  • Sep 23 President Donald Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the US November election at a White House press conference
  • Sep 24 President Donald Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Sep 24 Report China is continuing to expand its Uighur detention centers, with more than 380 suspected facilities housing 1 million people in Xinjiang [1]
  • Sep 25 Singapore announces it will be the first country in the world to use facial verification as part of its national identity scheme
  • Sep 25 18 people in a government convoy killed by Islamist militants in Borno State, Nigeria

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Sep 25 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the 1st woman to lie in state in the US Capitol in Washington D.C.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Sep 26 108 pilot whales survive, while 350 die in Australia's largest mass stranding at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania
  • Sep 27 Details of President Donald Trump's tax returns released by the New York Times showing he paid $750 in income tax (2016 & 2017) revealing "chronic losses and years of tax avoidance" [1]
  • Sep 27 Border fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan forces over disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh kills at least 23
  • Sep 27 Houston officials confirm water supply around Lake Jackson, Texas, contaminated with brain-eating amoeba after death of six-year-old boy
  • Sep 28 COVID-19 recorded global death toll passes 1 million with over 33 million known cases (Johns Hopkins)
  • Sep 29 Scientists confirm the existence of three new underground lakes on Mars using radar on Esa's Mars Express spacecraft
  • Sep 29 First debate between US Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden held, widely criticized as chaotic and ill-tempered
  • Sep 30 Spanish government orders a COVID-19 lockdown in Madrid and surrounding areas after a rapid rise in cases
  • Sep 30 California becomes the 1st US state to pass a law allowing for reparations for black residents and descendants of slaves
  • Oct 1 US White House aide Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID-19
  • Oct 3 The UK's wettest day on record, with average of 31.7mm (1.24ins) across the country in wake of Storm Alex
  • Oct 5 US President Donald Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while still infectious with COVID-19 and returns to the White House
  • Oct 5 Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of hepatitis C virus [1]
  • Oct 5 At least 14m tonnes of plastic pieces are at the bottom of the ocean, 30 times more than on the surface according to new research [1]
  • Oct 5 India COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000, with 6.6 million known cases, 3rd highest death toll in the world behind the US and Brazil
  • Oct 5 WHO estimates 10% of world's population may have been infected with COVID-19, more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases
  • Oct 6 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea M. Ghez for work on black holes
  • Oct 7 Hurricane Delta makes landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with 100-mph winds, the 25th named storm for 2020
  • Oct 7 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing”
  • Oct 8 American poet Louise Glück is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Oct 8 FBI charge 13 men with plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and storm the Michigan Capitol
  • Oct 9 The UN's World Food Programme is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 10 Italian teenage computer genius Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at 15, beatified by the Catholic Church in Assisi, Italy
  • Oct 11 India records more than 7 million cases of COVID-19
  • Oct 12 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their contributions to auction theory
  • Oct 12 China announces it will test entire city of Qingdao, 9 million people, for COVID-19 within five days after a dozen cases discovered
  • Oct 12 UK PM Boris Johnson announces a new three-tier system for COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

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Oct 14 French president Emmanuel Macron announces a public health emergency and a curfew of 9 pm for nine cities due to surge in COVID-19 cases

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron

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Oct 14 A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio sells for a record $9.98 million at auction in New York

  • Oct 14 Details of the world's first room-temperature superconductor created by scientists at the University of Rochester, NY, published in "Nature" [1]
  • Oct 15 Thai government issues emergency decree banning public gatherings amid increasing pro-democracy protests and criticism of the king
  • Oct 16 French teacher Samuel Paty beheaded by 18 year-old Islamist militant in Paris suburb of Éragny

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Oct 17 Labour Party headed by Jacinda Ardern re-elected in a landslide in New Zealand's general election

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • Oct 17 Chicago declared the 'rattiest city' in America for the sixth year in a row by pest control service Orkin
  • Oct 18 Bolivia elects Luis Arce President and his party, Movement for Socialism back into government
  • Oct 19 US charges six Russian military officers with massive cyber-attack meant to disrupt 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine's power grid
  • Oct 19 Belgium officials say country facing a "tsunami" of COVID-19 cases amid new restrictions and figures it has third-highest number of Covid-related deaths per 100,000 people globally
  • Oct 19 Irish government moves country to highest level of COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases
  • Oct 19 Peru announces rediscovered 37m figure of a cat, completed 500 BC to 200 AD, a geoglyph outline in the Nazca Desert
  • Oct 19 Ming handscroll painting “Ten Views of Lingbi Rock” by Wu Bin sells for 512.9 million yuan ($77 million) at auction in Beijing, a new world record for a classical Chinese work
  • Oct 20 Vietnam suffers its worst floods in decades with over 100 people killed according to the Red Cross
  • Oct 20 Argentina becomes the fifth country in the world to record over 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with the death toll at 26,716
  • Oct 20 Nigerian police open fire on protesters in Lagos amid escalating protests against police violence around the country
  • Oct 20 US Justice Department sues Google for illegal monopoly over search and search advertising
  • Oct 21 Nasa Osiris-Rex spacecraft lands briefly on asteroid Bennu on mission to collect dust, largest sample from space since Apollo
  • Oct 21 Spain becomes the first European country to record more than 1 million COVID-19 cases with the death toll at 34,366
  • Oct 21 Parents of 545 children cannot be found that were separated at the US-Mexico border according to American Civil Liberties Union
  • Oct 21 FBI says Iran and Russia have US voter information and are trying to influence outcome of US election
  • Oct 22 Goldman Sachs agrees to pay record $3 billion to end probe into its role in 1MDB corruption scandal to regulators in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Oct 22 The National Hockey League announces the annual NHL All Star Game and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition would be postponed to no earlier than 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Oct 23 First US National Women's Rights convention opens in Brinley Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Oct 24 Deadliest shipwreck of the year claims 140 lives on a ship that sank with 200 migrants on board off the coast of Senegal [1]
  • Oct 24 Colombia records more than 1 million cases of COVID-19, the 8th globally and 3rd in Latin America

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Oct 25 Chile overwhelmingly votes to scrap their constitution, drafted during dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet

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Oct 25 Pope Francis announces appointment of 13 new cardinals including 1st African American Wilton Daniel Gregory

  • Oct 26 Police officers in Philadelphia shoot and kill black man Walter Wallace Jr. armed with a knife, prompting protests and the city to impose a curfew
  • Oct 26 Melbourne officials announce end to their three-month lockdown as city records no new cases of COVID-19 for 1st time since June
  • Oct 26 Pakistan's first metro line, the Orange Line, opens in Lahore
  • Oct 26 NASA announces there is more water on the Moon than previously thought, in sunlit as well as shadowed regions [1]
  • Oct 26 Silverado wildfire breaks out in Orange County, California forcing 60,000 people to evacuate
  • Oct 26 Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the country will becomes carbon neutral by 2050
  • Oct 27 US Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court sealing a conservative majority
  • Oct 27 Leader of the Nxivm sex cult Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking, racketeering, fraud and other crimes
  • Oct 27 A record 69.5 million Americans have already voted, a week before election day, 50.4% of 2016 total vote [1]

Deaths in History