On This Day

2020 in History (Part 8)

Events in History

Events 701 - 722 of 722

  • Dec 14 US Attorney General William Barr resigns
  • Dec 15 Russia revealed to have been behind massive cyberattack on US government agencies and private companies since the Spring
  • Dec 15 MacKenzie Scott announces she has given away more than $4 billion to 384 non profit organizations across the US
  • Dec 16 China blocks imports of coal, from Australia, the world's second biggest market for the world's biggest coal exporter
  • Dec 16 14 people found guilty of 2015 terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo office and supermarket in Paris
  • Dec 16 Major winter storm hits US Northeast resulting in at least seven deaths and Binghamton, New York, receiving record 41 inches of snow
  • Dec 16 Nine-year-old girl who died of an asthma attack in 2013 becomes first person in the world to officially have air pollution listed as cause of death
  • Dec 17 China's Chang'e-5 mission successfully returns from collecting rock samples from the Moon, landing in Siziwang Banner, Mongolia
  • Dec 17 French President Emanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19, sending other European leaders into isolation
  • Dec 17 King Carl XVI Gustaf says Swedish authorities have failed in their response to COVID-19, criticizing the country's controversial anti-lockdown strategy
  • Dec 17 More than 300 school boys rescued after they were kidnapped from their school in Katsina state, northern Nigeria
  • Dec 17 Cyclone Yasa makes landfall as a category 5 storm over Bula province, Fiji, killing two people
  • Dec 18 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine granted emergency authorization by US Food and Drug Administration
  • Dec 18 International body Covax, established to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle income countries, announces deals with vaccine manufacturers and method for countries to share excess vaccines

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Dec 18 US Vice President Mike Pence receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Dec 18 South Africa announces detection of new variant of COVID-19, called 501.V2, which is driving a second wave of infections
  • Dec 20 European countries begin closing their borders to the UK after news of a faster-spreading variant of COVID-19 across London and the south-east

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Dec 21 US President-elect Joe Biden receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • Dec 21 Governor of California Gavin Newson says there are now no intensive care beds left in Southern California or the San Joaquin valley
  • Dec 21 US begins vaccinating for COVID-19 using the Moderna vaccine
  • Dec 30 Argentina is the first major Latin American country to legalize abortion (signed into law 14 Jan 2021)
  • Dec 31 WHO grants the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorization, paving the way for worldwide distribution

Deaths in History