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    Tables – World Events 2020s

    January 2020Australian BushfiresCatastrophic fires in Australia caused major devastation, killing or displacing nearly 3 billion animals.
    January 2020Start of COVID-19 PandemicThe World Health Organization reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. This was later recognized as the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    February 2020BrexitThe UK officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership.
    August 2020Beirut ExplosionA large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 218 deaths and around 6,000 injuries.
    November 2020U.S. Presidential ElectionJoseph Biden Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States, defeating incumbent President Donald Trump.
    November 2020Ethiopian Civil WarConflict erupted in the Tigray region, leading to multiple atrocities and raising serious humanitarian concerns.
    January 2021U.S. Capitol SeigeSupporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building during the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.
    March 2021Suez Canal ObstructionThe Ever Given, a large container ship, became wedged in the Suez Canal, disrupting global trade.
    May 2021Israel-Palestine Conflict EscalationA significant escalation of violence occurred between Israel and Hamas, causing considerable loss and damage.
    July 2021Tokyo OlympicsThe postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics took place, mostly without spectators due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    July 2021Afghanistan: Fall of KabulThe Taliban retook control of Afghanistan, including the capital city of Kabul, after rapid advances.
    October 2021Glasgow Climate PledgeNations met in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to discuss global action against climate change.