On the occasion of the British New Year’s Eve 2020, we look back on all the events that have taken place this year without the coronavirus.
Even if we managed to escape COVID-19 earlier in the year, there is no denying that we still went through the alarm well.
Yes that’s right. This year was such a write-off that we needed an actual reminder of how many unfathomable events had happened.
In fact, we’re willing to bet that given the speed of this year’s endless news cycle, you might even have managed not to know some of them.
UPDATE: This puppy was one of 5,000 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals that suffered and died at a shipyard in China.
– PETA (@peta) October 8, 2020
The delivery company accidentally kills 5,000 pets
In September, more than 5,000 pets were found dead at a shipping facility in China. It was the result of “miscommunication” in a supply chain.
Animals included rabbits, cats, and dogs. They were all held in plastic or metal cages wrapped in cardboard boxes with breath holes. However, they were without food or water for over a week before they were discovered.
A few hundred were somehow saved when the bug was discovered.
Naya Rivera’s death
Beloved glee star Naya went missing while boating on a lake with her son in early July.
As a result, a long search followed to find her alive. Just a few days later, divers found her body.
It was later decided that, unfortunately, she had died from accidental drowning in order to save her son from the same fate.
Australia devastated by bush fires
Terrible fires devastated Australia in the summer and displaced millions of people from their homes.
The flames swept through every Australian state, killing at least 33 people.
However, it was the animals who felt the really brutal effects of the incident.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a total of nearly three billion creatures were killed or displaced as a result of the fires.
Dame Barbara Windsor’s death
The legendary actress died at 8:35 p.m. on December 11 in a London nursing home after battling Alzheimer’s.
She was one of the UK’s most popular actresses and first published her fight for health in 2018.
“It wasn’t the ending Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves,” said her grieving husband, Scott Mitchell.
Russia declares a state of emergency after an oil leak
A state of emergency was declared in June after 20,000 tons of diesel leaked near the arctic city of Norilsk.
It was the second largest Russian oil spill of all time, turning the Ambarnaya River a bright red color over a distance of 135 miles.
Chadwick Boseman’s death
The world was stunned when Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away in August.
The 43-year-old actor had fought cancer in secret for years, and only those closest to him were aware of his condition.
“Chadwick, a true fighter, went through it all and brought you many of the films that you loved so much,” his family said in the statement.
Kobe Bryant’s death
US basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, killing nine.
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There were no survivors in the crash and a worldwide flood of grief for Kobe and his family quickly followed.
The BBC was also later forced to apologize for an unfortunate mistake made during Kobe’s obituary.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left the UK
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned the world when they announced their decision to leave the royal family.
Her announcement came in January and apparently set the tone for the rest of the year.
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Unfortunately, the media turned against them quickly for the couple, and they faced a serious backlash when they were ready to leave the UK and move abroad.
However, Piers Morgan won’t be pleased to learn that Meghan remains the most popular king despite the move.
The video shows a large explosion in Beirut, Lebanon – which caused widespread damage and injured hundreds of people, according to the Lebanese Red Crosshttps://t.co/WHTlKXMmUb pic.twitter.com/UNdwucjQx2
– BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) 4th August 2020
Fatal explosion in Beirut
A massive explosion in a port in Beirut in August killed at least 190 people almost instantly. As a result, thousands of others were injured.
The accidental detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate triggered the explosion.
George Floyd’s death and subsequent violence
The 46-year-old tragically died while being arrested outside a shop in Minnesota in May.
Cops held him down and one officer – Derek Chauvin – knelt by Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes.
As a result, it sparked allegations of racism and police brutality. As a result, it became the catalyst for widespread protests against Black Lives Matter around the world.
Plane crash in Ukraine
A passenger plane operated by Ukraine International Airlines, which took off from the Iranian capital Tehran in January, crashed into the air just a few minutes after taking off.
All 176 people on board died in the incident. Iran initially denied responsibility for the incident.
Nevertheless, after days of refusal, the Iranian government admitted that it “accidentally” shot down the plane.
Kanye West ran for president
Well, that’s pretty self explanatory. Unfortunately, Kanye received few votes and came in strong last place in most states.
With the promise to run again in 2024, however, we will keep this in the drafts for the next few years just in case.
Joe Biden eventually beat Donald Trump and will become President of the United States next month.
Fears in World War 3
A US drone attack killed the notorious Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on January 3.
It increased tensions between Iran and the US and the country swore “grave revenge”.
As a result, WW3 fears sparked and the UK was currently at “severe” threat levels, which means the government considers an attack to be “very likely”.
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