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Events in History in 2020 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 727

  • 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 COVID-19 cases amid surging infections and decides to shut schools for a month

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Jul 23 US President Trump says he could send 75,000 federal agents to deal with violence in American cities like Portland, drawing backlash

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

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Jul 27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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Jul 28 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak found guilty of corruption, sentenced to 12 years and fined nearly $50 million

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Jul 28 Iter, the world's largest nuclear fusion project, begins assembly in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France
  • Jul 29 Scaled back Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia with no foreigners
  • Jul 30 NASA launches to Mars its Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter aboard a V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Jul 30 Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the funeral of congressman John Lewis, with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
  • Jul 30 The US economy posts the largest quarterly fall on record with GDP down 9.5% for the 3 months to June 30
  • Jul 30 Federal law enforcement officers begin a phased withdrawal from Portland amid criticism of their actions to shut down Black Lives Matter protests
  • Jul 31 Eurozone economic activity falls 11.9% for April-June with Spain the worst at -18.5%, its deepest in modern times
  • Jul 31 Mexico overtakes the UK to have the world's third highest death toll from COVID-19 with 46,688 fatalities
  • Jul 31 Apple wildfire starts near Beaumont, California, forcing the evacuation of nearly 8,000 people over the next few days

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Aug 1 Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens, after Musk tweets in support of a conspiracy theory that they did

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Aug 2 SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico, 1st commercial crewed mission
  • Aug 2 Australian state of Victoria announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases
  • Aug 2 South Africa confirms over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,107 deaths, highest total on the African continent
  • Aug 2 United Arab Emirates starts up the Arab world's first nuclear power station at the Barakah plant
  • Aug 2 Islamic State stages a jail break at a prison in Afghan city of Jalalabad, placing bombs at its entrance, results in 20 hr gunfight, 29 deaths and over 300 prisoners at large
  • Aug 3 Spain's former King Juan Carlos announces he will go into exile abroad amid his implication in a corruption inquiry
  • Aug 3 Number of Iranian COVID-19 deaths triple that of government tally, showing 42,000 have died instead of 14,405, according to BBC Persian Service investigation [1]
  • Aug 3 Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in the US as a Category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
  • Aug 4 UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries, 94% worldwide [1]
  • Aug 4 COVID-19 infection spike forces a return to lockdown in Manila and surrounding provinces in the Philippines, affecting 27 million people as cases pass 100,000
  • Aug 4 Huge explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 200 and leaves over 6,000 thousand people injured

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Aug 5 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the cornerstone for a new Hindu temple at Ayodhya Ram to replace a previous Muslim mosque

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Aug 6 COVID-19 detected cases in Africa pass 1 million with 21,983 deaths
  • Aug 6 US COVID-19 death toll could reach 300,000 by 1 December, about 70,000 lives saved if masks worn consistently, according to University of Washington study [1]
  • Aug 9 New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19
  • Aug 9 Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world's 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 9 Disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.

Human Rights Activist and Politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Human Rights Activist and Politician
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • Aug 10 Global COVID-19 cases pass 20 million and is accelerating, 1st 10 million took almost 6 months, 2nd 10 million took just 43 days (Reuters)
  • Aug 10 Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announces his government is resigning, less than a week after massive industrial explosions devastated Beirut
  • Aug 10 Rare wind storm (derecho) hits the US Midwest flattening cornfields, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, killing two people

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Aug 10 Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is the most high-profile figure arrested in Hong Kong under its new security laws

Entrepreneur and Pro-Democracy Activist Jimmy Lai
Entrepreneur and Pro-Democracy Activist
Jimmy Lai

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Aug 11 US Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden announces California Senator Kemala Harris is his running mate, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party

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

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Aug 11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Aug 11 Belarus's opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya flees the country amid large-scale protests over the country's disputed election results that returned Dictator Alexander Lukashenko to power

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
Human Rights Activist and Politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Human Rights Activist and Politician
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
  • Aug 12 UK posts its worst quarterly economic slump on record, -20.4% (Apr-Jun), pushing it into the largest recession worldwide
  • Aug 12 Europe fights a new COVID-19 surge with Germany, France and Spain posting their largest daily infection totals for three months
  • Aug 12 Yemen authorities say at least 172 people died in floods caused by torrential rains, which have also destroyed historic buildings in Sanaa, a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Aug 13 Israel strikes historic deal with the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations, Israel suspends plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank
  • Aug 13 New details about enormous "Terror Crocodile" (Deinosuchus), the size of a bus, with teeth as big as bananas, that lived during late Cretaceous period (75-84 million years ago) in North America published [1]
  • Aug 14 Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda breaks Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele’s 16-year-old 5,000m world record with a run of 12:35.36 at the Diamond League meet in Monaco
  • Aug 16 Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenko
  • Aug 16 At least 17 people killed in attack on beach resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, by al-Shabab group
  • Aug 16 Japan's economy, the world's third largest, posts its worst-ever decline, falling 7.8% (April-June quarter)
  • Aug 16 Biggest protests in Thailand in six years as 10,000 people demonstrate in Bangkok for reforms of the government and the monarchy
  • Aug 17 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 1st US college to send students home and convert to online classes after 135 COVID-19 cases detected
  • Aug 18 Joe Biden is formally nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate during the second night of their 1st ever virtual convention
  • Aug 18 California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency as 27 fires burn across the state amid a continuing heat wave
  • Aug 18 Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council
  • Aug 19 Apple becomes the 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion, just 2 years after it reached $1 trillion valuation
  • Aug 19 Largest floods in 70 years wet the toes of giant 71m Leshan Buddha carved by a river just outside Chengdu, China with 100,000 people evacuated
  • Aug 19 US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he will suspend controversial plan to cut costs until after the election
  • Aug 19 Golfing dinner termed #GolfGatet appearing to flout COVID-19 restrictions, attended by Irish political figures, prompts two politicians to later resign
  • Aug 20 Former adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border

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Aug 20 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 20 Kamala Harris accepts her nomination for vice-president, becoming the 1st US woman of color on a major-party ticket saying "there is no vaccine for racism"

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
Kamala Harris
  • Aug 22 13 people die in a stampede at an illegal disco in Lima, Peru, during a police raid to shut it down
  • Aug 22 Fires burning in Northern California declared Major Disaster with LNU Lightning Complex Fire (341,243 acres) and SCU Lightning Complex Fire (339,968) among the 3 largest wildfires in state history
  • Aug 22 Mexican COVID-19 death toll passes 60,000, world's third highest
  • Aug 23 President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces she is stepping away from the White House for family reasons
  • Aug 23 US Republican party convention begins by formally renominating Donald Trump for a second presidential term

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Aug 23 US black man Jacob Blake shot and injured by police in front of his children in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prompting violent protests

Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake
  • Aug 24 First documented case of a person being re-infected with COVID-19 a second time, a Hong Kong man four months after first infection

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Aug 25 WHO announces that Africa has eradicated polio (defined as four years since last case)

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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  • Aug 26 Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (29) is the youngest to win the International Booker prize for their debut novel "The Discomfort of Evening"
  • Aug 26 At least 100 people killed in flash floods in the city of Charikar, Afghanistan, with 500 houses destroyed
  • Aug 27 Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life without parole, for the killing of 51 mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1st time the country imposes the sentence [1]
  • Aug 27 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana near the Texas border as a category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, killing at least 16

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 27 Mike Pence accepts nomination for vice president at the Republican convention, calling for "law and order" after the shooting of Jacob Blake

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
Victim of Police Brutality Jacob Blake
Victim of Police Brutality
Jacob Blake
  • Aug 28 Japanese tech company SkyDrive says it has completed the first manned test flight of a flying car
  • Aug 29 Elon Musk unveils pig named Gertrude with coin-sized computer in her brain, part of his Nuralink start-up creating a brain-to-machine interface
  • Aug 30 India reports world's highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases at 78,761
  • Aug 30 Global cases of COVID-19 pass 25 million with death toll at 843,000
  • Aug 31 US cases of COVID-19 pass 6 million with 183,300 deaths with California (699.000), Florida (619,000) recording the most (Johns Hopkins)
  • Sep 1 Rare protests in Mongolia against moves to teach school subjects in Mandarin instead of Mongolian
  • Sep 1 President Trump visits the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot, to offer support to law enforcement
  • Sep 2 Australia officially enters recession for the first time in almost 3 decades with GDP falling 7% (April-June)
  • Sep 2 English architect Richard Rogers designer of the Pompidou Centre and the Millennial Dome retires
  • Sep 2 Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi tests positive for COVID-19 and is later hospitalized
  • Sep 2 Press conference with body camera evidence brings to light death of African American Daniel Prude after being retrained by police back in March
  • Sep 3 MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, becomes world's richest woman worth $68 billion
  • Sep 3 More healthcare workers have died of COVID-19 in Mexico than any other country - 1320 deaths vs 1077 (US) and 649 (UK) according to Amnesty International [1]
  • Sep 4 Record 52% of American 18-29-year-olds are living with their parents because of the pandemic according to Pew Research Center study [1]
  • Sep 5 More than 50 arrested as Portland, Oregon, marks 100 days of protests against racism and police brutality
  • Sep 6 Strain of Bacteria nicknamed "Conan the Bacterium' survives three years attached to the International Space Station in open space
  • Sep 6 First chord change in 19 years in John Cage's "As Slow As Possible" composition, being played for 639 years, in Halberstadt, Germany
  • Sep 6 Premier Daniel Andrews announces roadmap out of restrictions for the Australian state of Victoria, but extends lockdown till September 28
  • Sep 6 100,000 people demonstrate in Minsk against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, amid month-long protests against his re-election
  • Sep 6 Los Angeles County reported its highest-ever temperature of 121F (49.4C)
  • Sep 7 India overtakes Brazil to record the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases with 4.2 million
  • 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
  • Sep 9 Donald Trump purposely downplayed the pandemic in early 2020 to avoid panic according to Bob Woodward's new book "Rage"
  • 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
  • Sep 15 Scientific American issues its 1st ever presidential endorsement in 175 years by backing 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 16 Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley announces the country's 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 President Donald Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court to replace 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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 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]
  • Oct 27 WHO confirms Europe is in the midst of a 2nd COVID-19 wave with cases rising rapidly, 30% in a week, deaths rising 40%