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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • June 15: LGBT Supreme Court ruling

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  • 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

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  • Aug 4: Beirut explosion: kill more than 200 and leaves over 6000 thousand people injured

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  • 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)

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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

  • Thai pro-democracy movements

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  • Naomi Osaka drops out of tennis tournament semifinal to protest police brutality

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  • Sep 12: US Open Women’s Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her second US title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

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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.

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  • 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”

  • Sep 29 First debate between US Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden held, widely criticized as chaotic and ill-tempered

  • Boycott Mulan movement

  • Tiktok + Wechat scares

  • Spacecraft named after first female Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla

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  • Oct 7: Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing”

  • Oct 17: Labour Party headed by Jacinda Ardern re-elected in a landslide in New Zealand’s general election

  • Oct 21: Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions in interview in documentary film “Francesco”

  • Oct 28: Typhoon Molave strikes Vietnam triggering heavy rain and landslides, leaving more than 60 people dead

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  • Iman Vellani joins the MCU


  • Nov 1: Super typhoon Goni makes landfall on Catanduanes island, Philippines, leaving at least 16 dead and 370,000 people displaced

  • Nov 7: Former Vice-President Joe Biden declared the winner of the US Presidential race, four days after the US election, defeating sitting President Donald Trump

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  • Nov 8: Kamala Harris makes US history as the 1st woman and 1st woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency (date election called)

  • Nov 18: Floods and landslides effect more than 3 million people, killing at least 70 in wake of Typhoon Vamco in Cagayan Province, Philippines

  • Rep Marilyn Strickland: first Korean woman in US Congress and African American to represent washington on federal level

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