• Harrison Wilmot

2020: 52 weeks of living hell

Certainly, a year that will find its spot in history books. With one impactful event after another, 2020 seemed that it would never stop, but it also slipped beyond our knowledge before we could even comprehend the loss and suffering of all the loved ones around us.


January

Fire destruction: fires thrash through Australia, burning millions of acres, and thousands of people are forced to evacuate from their homes.


Social-media drama started off on January 8th, when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced that they would be parting ways with the British royal family. Prince Harry felt like “He was being blocked” after asking to meet with the Queen in early January. A private email sent just to Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth was leaked to the press, containing their uptightness of the royal family. This tipped them over the edge, and a burden of leaving the public eye was followed through on Jan 8th, catching the whole world by surprise.


Impeachment trials: Tension in the White House grew to its max point when the HoR voted to impeach Trump just seven days after the royal family controversy.


January 20th, the start of a disaster. Just a baby sprout in China, COVID-19, the “new” flu made its way onto the news when a 35-year-old man coming back from China was diagnosed with the first case of Coronavirus in the United States. At the time, no one knew that this would dissolve into a global pandemic, killing millions and breaking society.




Horrifying news: Kobe Bryant, a legend and icon for many, is found dead along with his daughter in a helicopter crash north-west of LA. The world stood still to honor the legacy of a treasured blessing, someone we will never forget.





February

A joint meeting of both the Senate and House of Representatives is a rare occasion but the State of Union speech delivered by Donald Trump on February 4th is a historic moment where the President addresses issues facing our democracy. Coronavirus, a small disease at the time, is a problem that the president ignored and would prove to be costly in hindsight.


March

The start of an expected run: Pete Buttigieg drops out of the presidential race on March 1 and endorses Biden, fueling him through Super Tuesday, winning ten seats and setting him on course to the Democrat presidential nomination.


For 6 months, the United States went on a lockdown as COVID-19 surged through the states, being declared an international pandemic on March 11.


Quarantined sports fans bummed: All major baseball, soccer, hockey, and golf leagues are delayed, suspended, or cancelled following the coronavirus’s soaring numbers.

Affecting millions of Americans and more specifically the black community, the harsh news of Breanna Taylor’s murder on March 13 sends a ripple through the country, enraging African-Americans who have had enough of a racist society.


Rising quickly, the death toll of the deadly virus reaches 10,000 along with Andrew Cuomo announcing a stay-at-home order for New York, all occurring on March 20.


April

A big letdown for the sport’s world and something everyone looks forward to for four years: the 2020 Summer Olympics are postponed a year as Trump continues to minimize the danger of the coronavirus, issuing for the country to reopen on Easter Sunday.


The world continues to suffer: 1 million COVID-19 cases is the first landmark that the record-breaking pandemic reaches as it surges throughout the world. 6.6 million workers also file for unemployment.


Masks become the new normal on April 5 after the White House suggests that people should start wearing them regularly


The worldwide coronavirus case total surpassed 3,000,000 on April 27 and the U.S. reaches one million cases.


May

8 whole minutes. That’s how long Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck, ultimately leading to his death. Protests, looting, and rioting follow this brutal murder all across the country. Not only is this bad for the virus but the country is in utter chaos. Violence is at its worst. And it all starts in late May and continues to threaten the United State’s existence for the rest of this horrible year.


Trump and Twitter. A love-hate relationship throughout 2020. May 26th, tensions rise between the two: Twitter labels a tweet published by Trump as “misleading” and attaches a “fact check” report.


June

While the pandemic was tragic for everyone, the sport’s world arguably suffered the most. Months of absence left fans begging for entertainment. The NBA bubble was the first and most efficient comeback for sports starting on June 5. Fans locked into their houses finally had an outlet to the sport’s world that they celebrate every day.

It never stops: COVID-19 passes 10 million cases around the world on Jun 28. The country goes in lockdown as restrictions become even more strict.


July

College Football conferences adjusts their league games to “conference only” on July 9-10.


The stop to the coronavirus: On July 14, Trump’s faculty orders all of COVID-19 patient information to be sent to a national database in Washington

Baseball begins on July 23 adopting a 60-game season. Though a segmented-season is a good approach, the abundance of travel and lack of keeping all the games in a few locations (like the NBA bubble did really well at by holding all of their games in Walt Disney World) was not successful for the league. An outbreak on the Miami Marlins resulted in a few games being cancelled.


August

The start of a new era: Kamala Harris is announced as Biden’s vice presidential nominee on August 11, marking the first woman and woman of color to have the vice presidential role.


Fires light up California on August 16, starting in North California, burning 1 million acres, and ultimately becoming the largest fire in California history


Through Aug 17-20, Biden and Kamala Harris are officially voted as nominees for the Democrat party


4 years of filming and acting–all while battling colon cancer. A true legend and king, Chadwick Boseman passes on August 28; a remarkable life and a tremendous role model. Wakanda Forever!


September

2.1 million acres burned in California. Can this year get any worse?


Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 on Sept 18. A passionate Supreme Court Justice who particularly inspired girls and women. With her lasting legacy and jam-packed resume, RBG showed that anyone can be anything they set their mind to.


United States leads the pandemic’s death toll, surpassing 200,000 on September 22. A tragic number, as the world fights for its existence.


Utter chaos: The first presidential debate takes place on September 29th. Misinformation and false facts were tossed around, marking one of the worst presidential debates ever.


October

Trump and his wife, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 on the first day of the month


Los Angeles is the king of sports: the Lakers and Dodgers capture the titles for their respective leagues in mid-late October


November

Every 4 years, November marks voting month: mail-in ballots flood in, and on November 7, Joe Biden is predicted to win the electoral college votes, despite Trump’s voter fraud allegations


Alex Trebeck, the host of “Jeopardy!” dies to a long battle with pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8th


December

On December 14th, the ongoing coronavirus that has haunted everyone during 2020 finally sends out its first vaccine, hopefully putting an end to the never-ending.


The same day, Biden is confirmed the victor in the presidential race. The country is in ruins, and for the next four years, Biden will try to repair the damage we’ve put against ourselves.


317,000 people have died in the U.S from the virus and 1.69 million have fallen victim as well throughout the whole world. The numbers show that this was one of the deadliest, most contagious viruses in history


One terrible year. The longer the year dragged on, the more loss we suffered. A year that transformed lives, 2020 was a roller-coaster, traumatizing, and a startling end to the decade.


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