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10 key moments that defined 2020

The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor sparked protests across the 50 states in the US and also sparked movements across the world.

10 key moments that defined 2020
Left: Kobe Bryant (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Left center: Kamala Harris (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Right center: Vaccine (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) Right: Bong Joon-Ho (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

2020 is not a year any of us will forget soon. The Coronavirus pandemic caused a health and financial crisis around the world like never before. It was also the year of the American Presidential election, in which we saw Joe Biden beat incumbent Donald Trump. The horrific bushfire in Australia early in the year reminded us of the looming climate change disaster awaiting us. It's a been year of personal loss for many with close to 350,000 people dying in America from the pandemic. This year also saw us bid goodbye to many celebrities including Kobe Bryant and Bosewick Chadman among others. Time has been behaving weirdly and it feels like this year has somehow lasted decades but also passed by really quickly. I'm warming up to the idea of time being an abstract concept. Anyway, it's 2020 is a year we can't wait to see the back of. Here are 10 key moments that defined the year 2020. 

1. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Step Down As Senior Members Of Royal Family

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex cheer attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

 

January 2020: The Duke and Duchess — Meghan and Prince Harry — announced that they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal family and wished to alternate between the United Kingdom and North America. The palace followed this by releasing a statement confirming that the Duke and Duchess would become financially independent and cease to represent the Queen.

2. America Records First Coronavirus Case

 

AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 16: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center internal medicine resident Luc Overholt sits in a waiting area before receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital on December 16, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

 

January 22, 2020: A 30-year-old man from Washington, returning from China, had tested positive for Coronavirus, confirmed Health officials. Authorities started screening people traveling in from Wuhan, China, to major airports such as California and New York, reported The Washington Post. By January 31, America recorded its first person-to-person transmission of the virus in the country. An Illinois woman who was diagnosed with Coronavirus had transmitted the disease to her husband, making it the first confirmed case. 

3. Trump Acquitted By Senate In Impeachment Trial 



 

February 6, 2020: President Trump survives an attempt to remove him from office after he's acquitted by the US Senate. Republicans backed the President against the two impeachment counts leveled against him — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The President labeled the attempt to remove him from office as a hoax. "It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars," said Trump after he was acquitted.

4. Parasite Wins Oscar For Best Film

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Bong Joon-ho, winner of the Original Screenplay, International Feature Film, Directing, and Best Picture award for “Parasite,” poses in the press room during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

 

February 9, 2020: While this can feel like from a million years ago, we can assure you Bong Joon-ho's Parasite won Best picture at the Oscars in February, 2020. We double-checked. In a really sweet moment on stage on the day, director Bong Joon-ho quoted Martin Scorcese as his inspiration. It felt like a celebration of cinema. The year 2020 was only getting started and much like the house party in the climax of Parasite, the Oscar win was just the calm before the storm of the year that was 2020. 

5. Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Die In Helicopter Crash

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 27: Gianna Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, attend the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 

 

February 24, 2020: NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away along with his daughter Gianna Bryant and a few others after a helicopter he was traveling in crashed near Calabasas, California. The LA Lakers legend was 41 and was en route to an academy game where he coached his daughter's team. Kobe Bryant's untimely death shocked, not just the world of Basketball, but all the world.

6. Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 24: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein (R) enters New York City Criminal Court on February 24, 2020 in New York City. Jury deliberations in the high-profile trial are believed to be nearing a close, with a verdict on Weinstein's numerous rape and sexual misconduct charges expected in the coming days. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

 

 

February 25, 2020: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after he was found guilty of third-degree rape and sexual assault in a Manhattan courtroom. He was cleared of predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape. More than 80 women including high-profile actors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, and Salma Hayek accused the producer of sexual misconduct. "This is a great day. The trash has been taken out," said Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of raping her, reported CBS News.

7. Black Lives Matter Protests

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Protesters march with chants, flags, signs, and white clothing in support of Black Trans Lives Matter on June 14, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Noble Jr./Getty Images)

 

The killing of George Floyd sparked protests all over America and subsequently across the world. A Minneapolis cop kneeled on George Floyd's neck as he pleaded for his life and told the cop, "I can't breathe." It proved to be his final words. Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for eight and a half minutes while Floyd and passerby's pleaded with the cop to ease the weight on the Black man's neck. Floyd died of asphyxiation. Similarly, Breonna Taylor, a Black healthcare worker, was killed in the dead of the night after entering her home unannounced. These killings by the police force caused a stir across, especially because the video of Floyd's death was posted on the internet. Millions took to the streets to voice their protest. Trump often used force to quell protests. Protesters also tore down statues of problematic historical figures who owned or traded slaves.

8. Donald Trump, Melania Contract Coronavirus

 



 

October 2, 2020: President Donald Trump had announced that he and the first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Coronavirus in early October. Donald Trump was criticized for not wearing masks and often downplaying the virus. Ironically, Trump had access to some of the best medical facilities in the country. Trump made a dramatic return to the White House within a week and was campaigning in no time.

9. Joe Biden Beats Trump in Presidential Election 

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: In this photo illustration German newspaper front pages show Sunday newspapers headlines following the projection by news outlets of Joe Biden as the winner of the recent U.S. presidential election on November 08, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. German government leaders have reacted with relief and congratulations following the projected win by Democrat Joe Biden over Republic incumbent Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. (Photo illustration by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

 

November 3, 2020: Joe Biden became the new President-elect of the United States after beating incumbent Donald Trump in a closely contested election. Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President on January 20, 2021, with Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, becoming the first woman Vice President-Elect of the United States. The Democratic Presidential nominee Biden, 77, flipped Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania to crossing the required 270-mark. Trump has since been repeatedly making false claims about the election being fraudulent but there's actually no evidence to support his claims.

10. Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready 

AURORA, CO - DECEMBER 16: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center registered nurse Patricia Stamper gives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Army veteran Mark Maloney, 85, at the hospital on December 16, 2020, in Aurora, Colorado. The Eastern Colorado VA Health Care System was chosen as one of 37 VA centers around the country to receive a shipment of the vaccine because of their ability to store the vaccine at extremely cold temperatures and vaccinate a large number of people. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

 

Margaret Keenan became the first person outside of trial to receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on December 18, 2020. She also received the second dose of the medicine earlier this week, making her the first person to be fully immunized against the coronavirus, reported The Hill. Margaret Keenan said it was a privilege to get the vaccine. So far, America has recorded more than 340,000 deaths and could really do with the extensive distribution of the vaccine.

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