Goodbye 2020

A global pandemic.
An impeachment.
A series of natural disasters.
A movement toward racial justice.
These are just some of the events that defined this year in review.

On Jan. 9, the World Health Organization announced a deadly Coronavirus was infecting people. Over the course of the year, the virus has spread worldwide to more than 96 million people, resulting in at least two million deaths [at time of publication].
The first Americans received the COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 14 after the FDA approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine received approval Dec. 18.

Joe Biden was elected the nation’s 46th president Nov. 7. California senator Kamala Harris became the first black woman and the first Asian woman elected to the Office of Vice President.

The police-involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor sparked a movement to end police brutality and racial injustice.

President Trump faced an impeachment trial in January on charges he asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. He was acquitted Feb. 5.

Hurricane Laura was a deadly and destructive Category 4 hurricane that tied with the 1856 Last Island hurricane as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Louisiana. It was the first major hurricane of the record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

A small but deadly tornado outbreak struck parts of Tennessee March 2-3, including one that hit northern Nashville, becoming the sixth costliest tornado U.S. history. Twenty-five were killed by the tornadoes, 309 were injured and more than 70,000 losing power. Total damage from the event reached $1.606 billion, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Deadly wildfires erupted from on the west coast in August, burning millions of acres. Hundreds of thousands of people had to leave the area.