2020: A Year in Review

Many of the below snippets were taken from the following articles:

New York Daily News: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-2020-timeline-events-20200705-lvu3hluqdnh3nedmvkpteceqcm-story.html ,

The Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/06/18/a-timeline-of-events-in-canadas-fight-against-covid-19.html ,

New York Post: https://nypost.com/list/major-2020-events/

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2020 Timeline of Events

December 2019: The Australian bushfires are one of the worst wildfire seasons the country has seen, with 47 million acres burned, the displacement of thousands of people, 34 people killed, and nearly three billion animals either killed or displaced.

The world’s largest species of hornet also invaded Washington state.

Dec 31st 2019: The Chinese government announced it was investigating an “outbreak of respiratory illness in the central city of Wuhan.”

Jan. 3: A U.S. drone strikes Baghdad International Airport and kills Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, sparking tensions between U.S. and Iran. Days later, 56 people are killed in a stampede at Soleimani’s funeral.

Jan. 6: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first travel warnings for Americans visiting China.

Jan. 8: Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle announce plans to “step back” from duties as members of the British royal family.

Jan. 15: The House of Representatives votes to send its impeachment articles against President Trump (abuse of power and obstruction of Congress) to the Senate.

Jan. 16: U.S. begins screening airline passengers arriving from Wuhan.

Jan. 20: The first case of coronavirus, a 35-year-old Washington man who returned from China days earlier, is reported in the U.S.

Jan. 25: A Toronto man in his 50s who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan — the epicentre of the outbreak — becomes the first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus in Canada. The man is placed in isolation in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.

Jan. 26: Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others die in a helicopter crash in California.

Jan. 27: The National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg confirms that the Toronto man being treated at Sunnybrook Hospital is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canada.

Jan. 30: WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Jan. 31: Brexit becomes official and the UK begins the process of formally withdrawing from the European Union.

Feb. 5: The Senate acquits President Trump after voting against subpoenaing witnesses, including John Bolton. Republican Mitt Romney is the only Republican to vote for removal.

Feb. 23: Ahmaud Arbery is shot and killed while jogging in Georgia.

Feb 24: Harvey Weinstein convicted of raping an aspiring actress and sexually abusing a TV and film production assistant.

Feb. 29: The first coronavirus death reported in the U.S., though earlier deaths will be reported later.

March 8: Canada records its first death from COVID-19. A man in his 80s died in a North Vancouver nursing home.

March 9: Italy places itself on a nationwide quarantine to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunges more than 2,000 points.

March 11: The WHO declares coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The NBA suspends its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus. Tom Hanks announces he and wife Rita Wilson tested positive for coronavirus.

March 12: Sophie Gégoire Trudeau tests positive for COVID-19. The NHL and most other sports leagues suspend seasons. Minor hockey across the country is cancelled. Schools in Ontario announce they’ll be closed for two weeks after March break.

March 13: President Trump declares coronavirus a national emergency. Breonna Taylor is shot and killed by police in Louisville.

March 14: Spain goes into nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

March 16: Apart from Americans and a few exceptions, Canada announces it is closing its borders to non-Canadians.

March 17: Ontario and Alberta declare states of emergency.

March 18: Canada and the United States announce they will close their shared border to non-essential traffic.

March 21: U.S.-Canada border officially closes to non-essential travel. It was announced in December that it would remain closed until at least Jan 21st, 2021, with many expecting that to continue into the summer of 2021.

March 24: The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are suspended until 2021. India and United Kingdom go into lockdown. Trump tweets that the “cure” cannot be “worse than the problem itself” and calls for country to reopen on Easter Sunday.

Hamilton’s Caremongering group is recognized in the Washington Post.

“In Hamilton, Sarah Jama and Samson Dekamo, organizers with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, have teamed up with the Student Mobilization Network to create the CareMongering-HamOnt group to help those in need. “

March 26: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson diagnosed with coronavirus. Global cases pass 500,000. The U.S. passes China and Italy in number of cases and passes 1,000 deaths.

April 2: Number of coronavirus cases worldwide passes 1 million.

April 4: President Trump says “What do you have to lose?” in regards to taking hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus.

April 10: The U.S. becomes the first country to report 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day.

April 18: At least 23 people are killed in several shootings and fires set by a man impersonating a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer in Nova Scotia.

May 5: Video showing Ahmaud Arbery’s killing is leaked.

May 11: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will reopen a California factory in defiance of a local shutdown order.

May 15: Worldwide coronavirus deaths pass 300,000.

May 19: Ontario finally announces that schools will not return to in-person learning until September.

May 23: Thousands pack a park on a sunny day in Toronto, creating fears for a new outbreak.

May 25: George Floyd is killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, sparking protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Protests, rioting and looting follow.

May 27: Regis Korchinski-Pacuet falls 24 stories to her death in Toronto. Family blames Toronto police.

May 29: Twitter places content warnings on posts made by President Trump encouraging violence against protesters.

May 31: President Trump announces plan to designate “Antifa” a domestic terrorist group.

June 1: Protesters are cleared from Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., with pepper spray and rubber bullets prior to Trump walking from the White House to a nearby church for a photo op.

June 4: Two Buffalo police officers are suspended and later charged with assault after shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground, leading to the man’s hospitalization with a head injury.

June 9: “Cops” is canceled after 31 years on the air.

June 10: The U.S. becomes the first country to reach 2 million coronavirus cases. NASCAR bans display of Confederate flag.

June 12: Rayshard Brooks is shot and killed by police in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta. Ontario enters Stage 2 of its reopening, except for Toronto, Windsor-Essex and Peel region.

June 28: Coronavirus cases pass 10 million worldwide.

July 20: Masks are made mandatory indoors in Hamilton.

July 23: 100 people gathered at noon to paint the road with the text ‘Defund The Police‘, one hour before a police services board meeting, on Main Street West outside of Hamilton City Hall.

July 30: NBA season resumes, with all games to be played at Disney World in the NBA’s own sports bubble.

Aug 1: NHL season resumes in hockey bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto.

July 14: First Asian giant(murder) hornet found in Washington State.

July 23: Major League Baseball, which usually begins late March/early April, starts their 2020 season, reducing the year to 60 games from the usual 162.

Sep 8: Schools start to re-open in Ontario on a staggered basis based on newly assigned cohorts, with mandatory masking, reduced contacts for elementary (ie. staggered breaks and different entry doors),  with secondary students attending every other day and every other Friday also based on cohorts.

Sep 10: NFL season starts with no pre-season.

Sept 18: Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer for gender equality and second-ever woman appointed to the high court, dies at the age of 87.

Oct 2: President Trump and Melania Trump test positive for coronavirus.

Nov 7: President-elect Joe Biden and first female Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris are finally able to hold victory speeches.

Nov 8: Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek dies following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

November 23: Dozens vow to camp out in the Hamilton City Hall forecourt until their demands are met, which include reducing the HPS budget by half, and allocating their over $500K budget surplus towards “free permanent housing” in Hamilton. The camp was taken apart the morning of November 30th in the rain, with campers belongings all thrown in garbage trucks.

Dec 11: Time Magazine named President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as its persons of the year.

Dec 14: First Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Dec 21: Hamilton re-enters lockdown for the first time since March.  It was also announced that all but a few Ontario student communities  will not go back to in-person classes January 4th. Elementary students will move to online learning January 5th, and return to classes January 11th. Secondary students will do remote learning until returning to in-person classes January 28th.

Dec 23: Hamilton health-care workers get first does of COVID-19 vaccinations in the city.

Dec 26: Province-wide lockdown begins for Ontario.

And that’s The Point for 2020.

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