The Doom and Gloom: 2020 Recap

photo creds: Public Domain Pictures

photo creds: Public Domain Pictures

The year 2020 is finally nearing the end of its agonizing trail of events this year. We had tragedy, deadly pandemics, and so much more. Let’s take a quick rewind of the suffering whirlwind that is known at the year 2020…


The month started off smoothly, until the rumors of a possible World War lll began to spread like wildfires, which happened this month as well. World War lll gossip struck when the assasination of Qasem Soleimani, who was a general of Iran, killed by the United States drones. The wildfires took place in Australia and caused pure devastation to many. President Donald Trump was experiencing an impeachment trial during January as well. The month ended in tragedy with the shocking death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, with his daughter Gianna Bryant.


The Academy Awards this month gave the film “Parasite” a chance to break the record of winning the Best Picture as the first non-English film. American Film Producer, Harvey Weinstein, was guilty of numerous allegations against women this month as well. February brought celebration to Kansas City, as they won the Superbowl for the first time in 50 years. The talented Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, was awarded the title of M.V.P of the game.


The world shut down this month due to a deadly pandemic known as the Coronavirus or COVID-19. The states were shutting down one by one, which caused schools to close and people to quarantine. The travel industry took a hit due to the ban of traveling to stop the spread of the disastrous pandemic. The stock market began to suffer this month as well as a side effect of the pandemic.


The month of April began with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry residing their seats as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after making the announcement earlier this year. The social media platform “Tik Tok” caused the viral trend of making “whipped coffee” to occupy Gen-Z during quarantine. The Netflix show that hooked audiences of many, Tiger King, became a popular binge-watching phenomenon across the nation.


The month began with the surprising headlines that a species known as, murder hornets, had a lethal venom harming humans. President of the United States, Donald Trump, made the claim that by injecting a form of bleach can help treat COVID-19. May ended by the Minneapolis Police Department killing an unarmed, African American man, George Floyd. This death was the spark that ignited the Civil Rights movement called Black Lives Matter.


June was the month when the Black Lives Matter protests were at their peak. The protests began to spread from city to city, making the people’s voices heard even louder. The protests often included chanting, the making of posters, vandalizing Confederate objects, looting, and emotions pouring from those hoping to make a difference. This movement will forever be remembered as an important and impactful event of 2020.



The Black Lives Matter movement was still making efforts to change the world for more equality and justice throughout the month. Patrick Mahomes broke records with the news of his new contract worth $450 million US dollars


August had a depressing start with the disastrous explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The month of August was also filled with political news around the United States with the upcoming presidential election in November of this year. Kellyanne Conoway, senior advisor to President Donald Trump, announced her resignation to spend more time with family. Steve Bannon, former advisor to President Donald Trump and instrumental in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was arrested and convicted guilty of fraud in the month of August. Joe Biden announced his running mate, Kamala Harris, who made history as the first BIPOC woman to be chosen by a huge political party to reach that level of office. The month ended in solemn with the tragic death of famous actor Chadwick Boseman on August 28.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, powerful feminist, passed away this month leaving millions in sadness. This led the Republican party to quickly find a replacement, so they would have an extra seat on the Supreme Court before the election would decide the party of the potential Supreme Court candidate. Amy Coney Barrett was the choice made by President Donald Trump to fill in for the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The deadly pandemic known as, COVID-19, caused the United States to pass the death toll of 200,000 people. The month ended with the first presidential debate of the 2020 election between candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden.


President Donald Trump tested positive for Coronavirus this month, along with first lady Melania Trump. This month broke records with the amount of Americans registered for early voting for the upcoming presidential election. The musical legend Edward Van Halen  passed away from cancer this month as well. The country of Poland banned nearly all reasons to get a abortion causing protests all around the nation. 


The center of attention in November was the United States presidential election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Pennsylvania was the state that ended up being the deciding factor of this election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were declared winners of this election after loads of waiting and anticipation. The host of game show Jeopardy, Alex Trebek, passed away on the eighth of this month. The cases of Coronavirus began to have a surge due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 


The month of December began by a demand from a federal judge for the Trump Administration to reinstate DACA. President Donald Trump continues to refuse his loss of the election throughout this time. The United States officially surpassed 300,00 COVID-19 cases in the middle of this month. William Barr resigned from President Donald Trump’s team in December. The Electoral College officially confirmed Joe Biden the next president after the refusal to concede from Donald Trump following the election. Congress announced a stimulus package to be received in the month of December as well. The first Americans were vaccinated from the Coronavirus in December of 2020.