2020 was memorable year which featured a multitude of attention grabbing news stories. To look back at the year that was, simply continue reading to learn about some of the biggest news stories of 2020.
The Biggest News Stories of 2020:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially step down as working royals:
In January Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made international headlines when they announced their desire to step down from their positions as senior working royals. After negotiations with the Queen and the royal family soured, the Duke and Duchess formally stood down from their roles on the 31st of March, 2020. After which point the couple who had been temporarily residing in Canada for the past few months, decided to move to California, where Meghan grew up. Since this time Meghan and Harry have resided in California with their young son Archie.
Later in the year, Meghan revealed that she had suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage and had been pregnant with what would have been the couple’s second child.
The Coronavirus pandemic takes the world by storm:
The biggest news story of 2020 was the international Coronavirus pandemic which took the world by storm and killed over 2 million individuals around the world. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the world experienced major changes such as lockdowns which required individuals to remain in their homes, except for visits to their grocery stores and travel to essential medical appointments. In some countries individuals did not even have the freedom to exercise outdoors or to visit their dentist.
Another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is that international tourism ground to a halt as most countries quickly decided to ban international tourists in an order to keep their borders secure and to try and prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus.
Early on the World Health Organization as well as most governments, spoke about the importance of creating a vaccination which could finally control the coronavirus known as Covid19. By the end of 2020, some countries such as the United Kingdom had begun to vaccinate their first citizens. However it was projected that the majority of the world’s population wouldn’t be fully vaccinated against Covid19 until the latter stages of 2021.
176 individuals were killed in a plane crash in Iran:
At the very start of 2020, on the 8th of January, 176 passengers and crew members on a Ukrainian flight to Iran lost their lives as a result of their plane being violently shot down by the Iranian military. This event caused a stir in the headlines as the Ukrainian flight was clearly a passenger flight as there was no logical explanation for why the Iranian military would choose to shoot down a friendly passenger plane. Following the tragic event, the Iranian government refused to take responsibility for their actions and were quickly condemned by international media.
In summary, unfortunately 2020 was a memorable year for all the wrong reasons and will be remembered for decades to come as the year that the coronavirus pandemic forever changed the world.