As the most eventful year, 2020, has come and gone, people are looking forward to picking up the pieces of damage left from its conquest, as well as concentrating on making the good times of it ever-effective. Here are some of the not-so-pleasing things that happened in 2020
1. The Australian Wildfire:
In Australia, wildfires from 2019 kept lingering into the new year and were sided by the weather condition. A lot of properties were burned, and the animals were dying due to loss of habitat and being burned alive. The death of the animals and lack of adequate equipment caused a cry for public donations in order to save the animals and to out the fire that lasted for weeks. Music star, Pink, was the celebrity that donated publicly, causing other celebrities to donate too
2. The Assassination of Qasem Soleimani
On January 3, 2020, at 12:32 a.m, Soleimani arrived at Baghdad International Airport after his flight was delayed for about two hours for undisclosed reasons. He was on his way to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Madhi in Baghdad. At 12:47 a.m, a drone owned by the United States launched several missiles that completely burned 2 cars, killing 2 American-labelled terrorists, Quasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-muhandis, as well as 8 others. The bodies of the killed Iraqi Nationals were taken to Iraq and that of Iran were taken back to Iran.
DNA tests were suggested to be taken to ascertain who the dead were and most especially, whether soleimani was killed there. He was later identified by a ring he wore often. Trump initially waved off the option of killing Soleimani on 28 December 2019 (Senator Lindsay Graham helped to talk him out of it at a point), but the desire was rekindled by the news reports saying that the US Embassy in Baghdad was under attack by Kata’ib Hezbollab militiamen and their Popular Mobilization forces.
On January 7, more than 50 people were killed and 213 people injured in a stampede during soleimani’s burial which caused its abrupt postponement.
To retaliate, Iranian forces launched ballistic missiles at the Ayn Al Asad Airbase and an Airbase near Erbil where American military personnel was based. Ten hit Ayn-al-asad, one hit Erbil base and four missiles failed, but fortunately, there was no record of loss of life. The Iranian government also launched another one later which mistakenly hit a plane leaving Iran, killing many.
The attack led to trump given a speech, saying that for every 52 American lives lost, 52 Iranians would be killed. The Iranian president made references to the 290 Iranians killed in the 1900s. The fifty-two people trump was referring to were the 52 Americans involved in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, while the 290 the Iranian president was referring to were the ones killed when the US launched a missile over 25 years ago to kill every person on Iran Airlines because the aircraft passed over “enemy waters”.
This action would have led to war as both countries had countries supporting each of them, but a biological weapon launched by China put the war rumors to an abrupt stop.
On January 8, The royal couple, Harry and Meghan, announced on their Instagram page that they would be stepping back as Senior Royal Members of the British Royal Family. According to reports, the Queen wasn’t aware of the matter and Prince Charles was furious. The royal family met on January 13 and the Queen issued a statement based on her family, based on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which aroused positive responses from the public for handling the situation on-time.
On the 18th of January, a public announcement was made that the couple would no longer be working members of the royal family and would lose their HRH honours. The royal family will also no longer be in charge of their security. They can however still use their Duke and Duchess titles and live in Frotmore Cottage but, they have to pay commercial rent.
Harry let the world know that he was a very important decision he had to make as it involved his family. He said that he wanted and still wants to protect his wife and son, so that his son, Archie doesn’t end up losing his mom at an early age like he did, even when it was avoidable. He and Meghan have decided to stay private as much as they can, only going public when necessary
The word Megxit was used so much that it was added to the Collins English Dictionary because it was one of the top ten Words Of 2020 and is defined as the departure of Harry and Megan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from the royal family.
4. Calabasas Helicopter Crash
At 9 am On January 26, 2020, Famous retired LA Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, her friends: Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, the parents: Sarah Chester, Keri Altobelli, basketball coach John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and the pilot, Ara Zobayan boarded a helicopter flying from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport, heading to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park. The helicopter had gone on a trip from Newbury Park a day before and it was just a 30 minutes flight, which Kobe preferred as driving to Newbury takes about 2 hours. Despite the bad weather, they took the flight as the girls had a basketball game that day, and the move had to coach his daughter’s team.
The crash happened on the day of the 2020 Grammy Awards, killing all on board. Celebrities like Alicia Keys, Lizzo, DJ Khalid, and Lil Nas X paid tribute to the deceased during their Grammy performance at the Staples Center. People also paid tribute by placing letters, flowers, stuffed teddy bears in L.A.
On February 7, Kobe and Gianna Bryant were buried in a private funeral in Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in the Corona Del Mar neighborhood of Newport Beach, California. A celebration of life for Kobe and his daughter was held at the “place that Kobe Bryant built” on February 24, 2020.
5. Coronavirus Outbreak
Coronavirus first broke out in November 2020, in Wuhan China. The virus then spread rapidly across the nation in December and then crossed borders in January. It is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2. The disease is contracted in humans and birds. At first, Italy was the country with the highest Coronavirus cases but now, the United States holds the record of the highest cases of over 2 million; Though Europe is the most affected continent. Africa initially was proven to be the continent with resistance to the virus due to the harsh weather conditions but, the virus evolved and the continent currently has over 850,000 cases recorded. For more information on lockdown and Coronavirus outbreak in Africa, specifically, Nigeria.
5. Natural disasters at their peak all over the world
There were earthquakes in Asia, wildfires in Australia, firestorms in Nigeria, tropical storms, and hurricanes in North America. The hurricane that hit Louisiana, USA ( The Atlantic Hurricane Storm) is officially the most occurring storm (a total of 30) breaking the record of 28 in 2005 but the most disastrous tropical storm was Hurricane Katrina in 2005, killing hundreds.
6. Postponement of 2020 Summer Olympics
Even though people looked forward to this sport event last year, the 2020 Summer Olympics which was to be held in Japan was postponed indefinitely because of the widespread of Coronavirus, especially in Asia.
Events such as #BlackLivesMatter, #EndSARS protest also shook the world (Read more here) and a lot of lives were lost in the process.
The positive side of things
- 1. Elon musk rising from 36th to 2nd on the richest billionaire ranking
- 2. Display of oneness by people during protests to help each other.
- 3. Being alive despite all the bad to read and write about it.
Where there’s life, there’s hope. Wishing all readers a happy, positive, and safe new year.
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