The Year in Review with Overachiever Magazine – 2020
January 1: Floods in Jakarta, Indonesia: At least 83 people in Jakarta and nearby cities were killed this month due to flooding. It was Jakarta’s deadliest flooding in years, downpours that sparked floods and landslides were the heaviest there since record-keeping began in the 19th century.
Jan 5: Awkwafina makes Golden Globe history: ‘The Farewell’ star is the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe Award in a lead actress film category.
Jan 12: Philippine’s volcano eruption – Taal Volcano, the second-most active volcano in the Philippines, near the capital of Manila forced over 135,000 people into shelters
Jan 14: Lana Condor as Teen Vogue’s January cover star
Jan 16: President Donald Trump is impeached
Jan 30: Coronavirus outbreak : WHO declared COVID-19 a global emergency
Feb 2: Palindrome/Groundhog Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this was on 11 November 1111)
Feb 10: First transgender soldier officially recognised as a woman by the Korean law
Feb 9: Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of SARS (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected
Feb 9: Parasite wins best picture, becoming the first South Korean film to achieve this. 92nd Academy Awards: “Parasite” 1st non English film to win Best Picture
Feb 17: India’s Supreme Court grants equal rights to women in the armed forces
February 24: Harvey Weinstein is convicted & sentenced to 23 years in prison
March 12: Murder of Breonna Taylor
First Asian American woman in the Supreme Court of Georgia
April 15: Elections in South Korea
April 27: Never Have I Ever released on Netflix
May 25: Murder of George Floyd
May 25: BLM protests in Minneapolis
Mindy Kaling and DJ Goor writing Legally Blonde 3
Pro-democracy supporters scuffle with riot police during a rally in Causeway Bay district, Hong Kong.
May 28: China’s parliament backed a new security law for Hong Kong that would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in the territory.
People in all 50 states, more than 700 U.S. cities and at least 17 countries have protested in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, fighting for police reform and justice for the loss of far too many Black lives.
June 15: LGBT Supreme Court ruling
June 25: Fair & Lovely to change their name
July 2: Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
July 3: Duterte signs Anti-Terror Bill
Students arrested in Hong Kong
Aug 4: Beirut explosion: kill more than 200 and leaves over 6000 thousand people injured
Aug 11: US Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden announces California Senator Kamala Harris is his running mate, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party
Aug 16: Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenk
Aug 20: Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)
Aug 23: US black man Jacob Blake shot and injured by police in front of his children in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prompting violent protests
Thai pro-democracy movements
Naomi Osaka drops out of tennis tournament semifinal to protest police brutality
Sep 1: BTS become the 1st all-Korean pop act to top the Billboard 100 singles chart with “Dynamite”
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