2020 Wrapped

This article was originally published on December 31, 2020.

2020 is one of those years that is going to go down in history. It’s hard to remember all of the crazy things that happened this year.

Starting with January, the beginning of the mess. Nobody anticipated that their “2020 Vision” would include a worldwide pandemic and a racial movement. Not only did COVID finally start to take shape in parts of the world, but Australia faced bush fires, and renowned basketball player Kobe Bryant passed away. Trump’s impeachment inquiry and the death of one of the leaders of Iran also took place. Whether these events are seen as good or bad, it truly started a shakeup for the beginning of the new year.

February, as terrible as it is, is known for the number of shootings that happened. Specific shootings in Georgia, California, and Texas all occurred. The death of Ahmaud Arbery, starting the beginning of the BLM protest, took place. February also took the record of having the first American citizen die from the coronavirus. This record would lead up to a variety of lockdowns in March as the virus continued to spread.

March was a life-changing month all around the United States. This month was the beginning of the lockdown, in which the President, the leaders of the WHO and the CDC, and other government leaders began shutting down businesses. The stock market took a large crash and upset millions. With these lockdowns, many non-essential workers lost their jobs, gatherings were severely limited, schools were closed down, and the mask mandate became official. As various updates from COVID-19 continued to affect the United States, the lockdowns continue to change today.

In April, many different relief packages were sent out to businesses and people in need of funds. People who didn’t meet a certain level of profit per year received government provided funds, as well. Unemployment continued to rise, as well as COVID-19 cases.

Still faced with lockdowns, people remained to stay inside during May. Other events that happened include the first discovery of the Murder Hornet in the United States. May was also the start of an isolated New York City. After shootings in many different cities, one of the biggest national protests bloomed, the Black Lives Matter movement. After the death of Ahmaud Arbery and the killing of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (as well as several other shootings), this riot of peaceful protesting came into full swing.

In June, Joe Biden was elected to become the Democratic candidate running against Donald Trump in the 2020 election. August was also a continuity of the same things. Joe Biden also announced that Kamala Harris would be his running mate for the presidency in the election. The tragic death of the Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, also occurred.

September marked the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who we all miss dearly and remember for all she has done for women during her service of 27 years. After her death, Trump appointed the new justice, Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court on October 27. In September, Trump and his competitor Joe Biden had their first debate. Several remarks were fired back after each other, kicking off election season.

COVID-19 continued to spread during October. October also starts the protest of Polish women wishing for abortion. 45th Trump along with other members of the White House tested positive for COVID-19. Early voting also took place for the 2020 Presidential Election.

November was the crazy election month. After Joe Biden was elected winner, both celebrations and protests occurred all over the world. Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died from battling pancreatic cancer, and Ken Jennings was announced as the person to replace Trebek on this game show.

Now, as December is coming to an end, nobody knows how 2021 will go. Everybody is hoping for a better year, and I guess we will have to wait and see. Vaccines are beginning to get pushed out across the world, and Christmas travel kicked off, creating a likely surge of COVID-19 cases as January comes about. The year has been like no other and will be unforgettable for years to come. For now, try to live in the moment. Happy New Year!