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Events in History in 2020

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  • Jan 1 Pro-Iranian protesters end siege of US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jan 3 US drone strike kills top Iranian security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad airport in Iraq
  • Jan 4 Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed to help fight the more than 200 fires, amid criticism of his leadership
  • Jan 4 Floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in Jakarta, Indonesia, kill at least 53
  • Jan 5 Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment
  • Jan 7 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island's largest in a century, followed by many aftershocks kill 1 person and destroy 800 homes
  • Jan 8 Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani
  • Jan 8 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board
  • Jan 8 Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as "senior" royals, will work towards becoming financially independent
  • Jan 11 Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result
  • Jan 11 Diego the giant 100 year old tortoise retires to the Galapagos islands after his high libido is credited with saving his species
  • Jan 12 Taal volcano, 70km (45 miles) south of Manila in the Philippines begins erupting prompting evacuations
  • Jan 13 Oldest material existing on earth at 7.5 billion years old revealed by scientists studying the Murchison meteorite that fell to earth in Australia in 1960s
  • Jan 13 College Football, National Championship, Superdome, New Orleans: #1 LSU beats #3 Clemson, 42-15

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Jan 14 US game show Jeopardy "greatest of all time" tournament won by Ken Jennings

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

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Jan 16 Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate

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

  • Jan 21 World's oldest asteroid impact at 2.2 billion years old found in Yarrabubba , Western Australia, may have ended an ice age, reported in "Nature Communications"

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Jan 22 China locks down city of Wuhan and its 11 million people, in effort to control the coronavirus with death toll at 17, over 500 people ill
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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
  • Jan 23 Voice of a 3,000 year old Egyptian priest recreated by scientists 3D printing his vocal tract published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Jan 23 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jan 25 Severe rainstorms cause landslides and floods in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, killing at least 30
  • Jan 27 Former king of Belgium, Albert II admits fathering a child after DNA tests confirm paternity

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Jan 28 US President Donald Trump releases his Middle East peace plan alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 29 Number of Coronavirus cases passes those of SARS with over 7,700 cases in China confirmed, with 170 deaths
  • Jan 30 The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva
  • Jan 31 United Kingdom formally withdraws from the European Union (Brexit)
  • Feb 1 Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years
  • Feb 1 Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, appointed the new Prime Minister of Iraq by President Barham Salih after 4 months of protests
  • Feb 2 Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111)
  • Feb 3 Malawi's constitutional court annuls 2019 election which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected due to voting irregularities

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Feb 3 First Democratic caucus in Iowa won narrowly by Pete Buttigieg (most delegates) and Bernie Sanders (most votes) after lengthy delays and irregularities in reporting the results

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Feb 3 Cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3700 passengers quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after cases of coronavirus found on board
  • Feb 5 US Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress
  • Feb 6 US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan
  • Feb 6 Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station
  • Feb 6 Date of the 1st coronavirus COVID-19 related death in the US (only confirmed by the CDC on April 21)

  • Feb 8 Gunman shoots and kills 29 people in a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, with 57 injured. Shooter shot and killed by security forces a day later.
  • Feb 8 Irish General Election: No party wins a majority, Sinn Féin 37 seats and the popular vote, Fianna Fáil 38 seats, Leo Varadkar's ruling Fine Gael only 35 seats
  • Feb 9 Fastest supersonic New York to London journey made by British Airways Boeing 747-436 in four hours and 56 minutes, speeds of 1,327 km/h / 825 mph due to Storm Ciara
  • Feb 9 Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected
  • Feb 9 Suspected militants attack and kill at least 30 people, many while sleeping in their cars in Auno, north-eastern Nigeria, kidnapping women and children
  • Feb 9 Solar Orbiter probe attached to an Atlas rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral
  • Feb 9 Storm Ciara makes landfall in northern Scotland bringing widespread wind and flooding to northern Europe resulting in 18 deaths
  • Feb 10 More than 30 bushfires put out by heaviest rainfall for 30 years in New South Wales, Australia, helping end one of the worst bushfire seasons ever, 46 million acres burnt, over 1 billion animals killed, 34 people dead
  • Feb 11 Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq, for only the second time in a century
  • Feb 11 Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary
  • Feb 11 US attorney general, William Barr recommends cutting suggested sentence of Roger Stone, prompting prosecutors to resign
  • Feb 13 Fire in US-run orphanage kills 15 children near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Feb 13 January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Feb 13 Scientists overturn current thought about how planets form - not by violent collision but gentle clumping, through study of Arrokoth in Kepler belt, published in "Science"
  • Feb 14 More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold
  • Feb 15 Beijing orders people returning to the city after Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of Covid-19
  • Feb 16 America evacuates 400 citizens from coronavirus-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan
  • Feb 16 'Ghost ship' cargo vessel MV Alta washed up on the Irish coast near Ballycotton by Storm Dennis, after drifting across the Atlantic from Bermuda
  • Feb 17 India's Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in the armed forces
  • Feb 17 General Motors announces it is retiring the Holden brand in Australasia

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Feb 17 Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • Feb 18 Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, suspending those claims
  • Feb 18 Ashraf Ghani declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential elections five months after the vote, fraud allegations meant recounting
  • Feb 18 Swarms of desert locusts affecting east Africa reach South Sudan, threatening a food crisis
  • Feb 19 German gunman opens fire in a bar in Hanau, Germany, killing nine in a racially motivated attack

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Feb 20 New Bank of England £20 note with painter JMW Turner released, replacing earlier one with economist Adam Smith

Romantic Painter J. M. W. Turner
Romantic Painter
J. M. W. Turner
Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • Feb 20 Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation
  • Feb 23 President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of Coronavirus reported with six deaths
  • Feb 23 First major coronavirus outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy

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Feb 23 China's Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country's coronavirus outbreak as the China's largest health emergency since 1949

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Feb 23 Fashion designer heavyweights Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons announce they will work alongside each other at Prada
  • Feb 23 Violent protests against new citizenship laws in Delhi, India erupt leaving at least 38 people dead over the next few days

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Feb 24 Malaysia's 94-year old Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns only to be reinstated later in the day as interim Prime Minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad

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Feb 24 US President Donald Trump begins a 2 day trip to India meeting Indian PM Narendra Modi

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Feb 24 New York firefighter Daniel Foley, who found his brother's body in ruins of World Trade Center, dies of cancer bringing first responders death toll to 343
  • Feb 24 Scientists identify the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to breathe - a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS
  • Feb 25 African American Ahmaud Arbery shot to death after being chased down by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. Video of the killing emerges in May, prompting arrests.
  • Feb 25 147 murders occurred during a five day police strike in Ceará , Brazil, despite army patrolling the streets according to authorities
  • Feb 25 Iran emerges as new coronavirus hotspot, recording 95 cases and 11 deaths as a deputy health minister that appeared on TV confirmed also infected
  • Feb 26 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of coronavirus fears for 1st time in living memory
  • Feb 27 Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in Ophiuchus galaxy 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Miky Ways), published in "Astrophysical Journal"
  • Feb 27 Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about coronavirus
  • Feb 29 US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. US and NATO allies will withdraw their troops after 14 months if deal kept.
  • Mar 1 Turkey launches major offensive against Syrian government in northern Syria after 36 Turkish soldiers killed in air and artillery strikes 3 days earlier
  • Mar 1 Muhyiddin Yassin sworn as Malaysian Prime Minister by Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah
  • Mar 1 Pete Buttigieg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race
  • Mar 1 First known coronavirus COVID-19 case identified in New York, a health care worker returning from Iran

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Mar 2 Amy Klobuchar drops out of the US Democratic presidential race and endorses Joe Biden

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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Mar 2 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can not longer enforce 2016 deal with EU to stop migrants entering Europe, warns millions may try

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Mar 2 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Mar 3 Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through central Tennessee killing at least 25
  • Mar 3 Iran releases 54,000 people from prison to avoid spread of coronavirus as country reports 77 deaths and 2,300 cases including two dozen MPs
  • Mar 3 World Bank pledges $12 billion in emergency aid for developing countries dealing with coronavirus
  • Mar 3 UK had its wettest February since records began in 1862, according to the Met Office, 209.1mm of rainfall, 237% above average
  • Mar 3 Last Ebola patient discharged from hospital in Beni, DR Congo, raising hopes outbreak at an end in the country after 2,300 deaths

  • Mar 3 Heavy rain and landslides hit coastal areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states, Brazil, killing at least 18 people
  • Mar 3 Irishwomen Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamar, of Grafton Architecture, are the 1st women to share the Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • Mar 3 Super Tuesday: Biggest voting day for Democrats selecting their presidential candidate revives Joe Biden's campaign, he wins nine states, while Bernie Sanders wins four including California
  • Mar 3 US Federal Reserve makes its largest rate cut in a decade, short-tern interest rates by 0.5% to protect economy against COVID-19
  • Mar 4 Michael Bloomberg drops out of the US Democratic presidential race after a disappointing showing during Super Tuesday
  • Mar 4 New study confirms human-caused climate change did make the 2020 Australian bushfire season worse, published by World Weather Attribution
  • 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
  • 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 coronavirus

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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 coronavirus 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
  • Mar 9 Italy announces it is locking down the whole country due to spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths
  • 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
  • Mar 10 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladimir Putin to hold office of President for life

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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 coronavirus COVID-19 detected

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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Mar 11 Coronavirus 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
  • Mar 12 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries though not the UK due to coronavirus COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added day later)

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

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 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 coronavirus COVID-19 and it was domestic
  • Mar 15 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as coronavirus 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 Coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus emergency
  • Mar 18 Turing Award given to Pixar employees Pat Hanraha and Ed Catmull for three-dimensional computer graphics

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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 coronavirus 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 Coronavirus COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China's total (3,245) making it the worst-affected country in the world
  • Mar 19 Entire US state of California with 910 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 ordered to 'stay at home'
  • Mar 19 Professional football in England is further postponed until 'no earlier than 30 April' due to the coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 as the worldwide death tolls surpasses 12,000 with 299,000 known infections (ref John Hopkins)
  • Mar 22 India puts 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to curb coronavirus COVID-19

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Mar 22 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American coronavirus 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 center of the coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days
  • Mar 23 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in South Africa and the United Kingdom while other European nations extend and strengthen their lockdowns
  • 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 coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 24 China's Hubei province, the original center of the coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Mar 25 Spain's death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 overtakes China's at 3,434 to become second worldwide behind Italy with 7,503 deaths with a worldwide toll of 20,836
  • Mar 26 American cases of coronavirus COVID-19 exceed all other countries, 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 the coronavirus COVID-19 and that he 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 coronavirus 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
  • Mar 29 US infectious disease expert Antony Fauci warns America may see between 100,000 - 200,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19
  • Mar 30 Russian city Moscow begins a city-wide lockdown after 4 hours notice due to coronavirus COVID-19

  • Mar 30 Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to coronavirus 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 Coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 3 London's Nightingale hospital opened by Prince Charles (remotely) after nine days with 4,000 beds to treat coronavirus 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
  • Apr 5 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from coronavirus COVID-19

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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 coronavirus COVID-19 cases climb

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Apr 6 Nadia, a tiger at the Bronz Zoo, tests positive for COVID-19, 1st known case of human-to-cat transmission
  • Apr 6 US coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns after calling Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Thomas Roosevelt "too naive and too stupid" in address to the 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
  • Apr 8 Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for US president
  • Apr 8 Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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

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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 Barack Obama endorses his former Vice President Joe Biden for president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Apr 14 PM Narendra Modi extends India's coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and for being "China-centric", prompting international criticism
  • Apr 15 South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under Coronavirus COVID-19, President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic party wins in a landslide
  • Apr 15 Revised death count for New York taking into account assumed coronavirus COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367
  • 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 worsening Coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases
  • Apr 18 French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of coronavirus 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 coronavirus death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally
  • Apr 19 UK coronavirus 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"
  • Apr 19 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths
  • Apr 20 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some coronavirus 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