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Events in History in 2020 (Part 2)

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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

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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 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
  • 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 Coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 death toll possibly 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 coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Apr 23 US President Donald Trump suggests coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 30 South Korea reports no new domestic cases of coronavirus 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

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Apr 30 UK PM Boris Johnson says Britain is past the peak of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • Apr 30 US President Donald Trump claims coronavirus 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
  • May 3 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of coronavirus COVID-19 and should be held accountable

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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 coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany opens schools

  • May 4 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for coronavirus COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
  • May 4 India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer coronavirus COVID-19 cases
  • May 5 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 as its health services struggles to cope
  • May 6 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus 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 coronavirus. In 1840s Choctaw Nation sent $170 to aid Irish potato famine.
  • May 6 At least 90,000 healthcare workers worldwide infected by coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections
  • May 15 Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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
  • 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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

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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

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd

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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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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
  • 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
  • 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 Coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • Jun 8 United States officially went into recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years), according to National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Jun 8 World Bank says the coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 using steroid dexamethasone announced by Oxford University
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court rules the Obama-era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay
  • Jun 18 Global coronavirus 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
  • Jun 19 Australian government and companies ares under a months-long state-based cyber attack says PM 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 Arctic circle record its highest-ever temperature of 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 record number of new daily cases of coronavirus 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 coronavirus
  • 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • Jun 23 Coronavirus 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 coronavirus, 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 coronavirus COVID-19 passes 500,000, doubling in less than two months (Johns Hopkins)
  • Jun 28 Coronavirus 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 coronavirus lockdown on 36 Melbourne suburbs affecting 300,000 people
  • Jul 1 WHO says Middle East at "critical threshold" with coronavirus COVID-19 cases over 1 million, 80% of deaths in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
  • Jul 1 Russian President Vladimir Putin wins national referendum allowing longer presidential terms of office
  • Jul 1 America confirms more than 50,000 new coronavirus 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 coronavirus death toll passes 30,000 as it becomes the world's 5th worst-affected country
  • Jul 5 Florida reports a record 11,458 daily coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus 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

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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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  • 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 coronavirus 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Jul 21 Stage 1 of the controversial filling of Blue Nile River dam announced completed by Ethiopian PM 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 coronavirus pass 4 million with death toll over 143,000. Real number of cases likely up to 13x higher according to CDC.
  • Jul 23 China launches its first mission to Mars, Tianwen-1, a combined orbiter, lander and rover, from Wenchang Launch Site, Hainan Island
  • Jul 23 South Africa records more than 400,000 coronavirus cases amid surging infections and decides to shut schools for a month
  • Jul 23 US President Trump says he could send 75,000 federal agents to deal with violence in American cities like Portland, drawing backlash
  • Jul 25 North Korea reports first 'suspected' case of COVID-19 in city of Kaesong
  • Jul 25 Hurricane Hanna, 1st of the 2020 season, makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast as a category 1 storm
  • Jul 25 Cargo ship MV Wakashio runs aground off the coast of Mauritius and begins leaking oil

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Jul 26 Body of civil rights activist John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the last time (beaten there 55 years ago) with a military honor guard as part of a remembrance ceremony

Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis
Civil Rights Leader and Congressman
John Lewis
  • Jul 27 US congressman John Lewis becomes the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Rotunda in Washington D.C.
  • Jul 27 Google decides its employees can work from home until July 2021, the largest tech company to commit to working from home
  • Jul 27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesussays that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency it has faced