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How Bizarre Is the Year 2020 so Far?

Khalil Ur Rehman is a student of Computer Science in FAST-NUCES who writes articles based of extensive research on topics. Tea Lover!


The Timeline 2020

As we head towards the middle of 2020, we've found that this year has been brimming with catastrophes, political crisis, and tragedies, so far. The list of misfortunes keeps growing as time flies.


On January 2nd, 2020 the year started with a record-breaking bush-fire in New South Wales, Australia. It engulfed around 46 million acres of forest and land in a blazing fire, destroying habitat for thousands of animal species.

On the same day, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani died by a drone strike. This caused unrest around the country. In response, Iranian ballistic missiles destroyed the US Military base in Iraq and injured American soldiers on January 8, 2020. Also, later in the day, Ukrainian flight crashed in Tehran, capital of Iran, killing 176 passengers on board.

If you think the start was horrific, then you might find the rest of the events even more dreadful. January 7, 2020, the World Health Organization notified novel corona-virus in China. The virus spread around the globe, afflicting around 188 countries and killing over 400,000 people globally, until today. Countries like the USA, Italy, Spain Brazil, and Russia are among the top infected countries in the world.

The NBA star, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on 26th January 2020. This left NBA fans in shock and has been stated as one of the biggest losses in NBA history. With this, the first month of 2020 ends in distress and shock.


Locust infestation in Pakistan destroyed hundreds of acres of crops leaving farmers in trouble and loss. On February 1st, 2020, the Government of Pakistan declared a national emergency to protect crops against locust outrun.

The suicide bombing occurred in the city of Quetta, Balochistan on 17th February 2020. According to reports, the attacker detonated himself on the motorcycle when the police tried to stop him from charging into a religious rally. Two police officers lost their lives during this tragedy.


33 Turkish soldiers were killed by a Syrian Air-strike due to rising tensions between Turkey and Syria. This event occurred just days before the withdrawal of Turkish troops from the area.

On March 22, A massive criminal escape attempt happened at the Bogota's La Modelo prison, the country's most overpopulated prisons. The incident resulted in 23 deaths and around a hundred injuries. The incident spread a wave of fear around the country due to one of the largest prison escapes of the world.


The month started with a knife attack in Romans-sur-Isere, France. The incident resulted in the death of two shopkeepers. Witnesses say the attacker entered a tobacco shop, attacking the owners and a customer, before moving out.

A strange incident happened in Lebanon, where a man killed his wife and eight other Lebanese. This was the fiercest mass shooting incident the country has ever experienced.

On April 18, 2020, a man in a police uniform began a shooting spree in Nova Scotia, killing at least 16 people. It was the deadliest shooting in Canadian history. The rampage lasted 12 hours before the suspect was killed in a shootout. It was revealed that the suspect’s girlfriend was the first victim.


On 22nd May 2020 the Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 crashed into a residential area in Karachi, Pakistan, just kilometres away from the runway. 97 people died in the crash. However, two men miraculously survived the plane crash.

The biggest and the most disturbing event of 2020 occurred on May 25th. A 46 years old African American man, George Floyd, died in Minneapolis after a white police officer held him down by lodging his knee on Georges' neck for more than eight minutes. Nation-wide protests against police brutality, in the United States, turned violent after police continued to resist and confront the peaceful protesters. This resulted in riots, vandalism, and looting on the streets throughout the country. In immense unrest and anger, protesters burnt the Minneapolis Police Station. The country is going through a hard time where social unrest, riots, and the pandemic is prevailing.

These are just a few examples of how much the world has suffered this year. Currently, the earth is weighed down by immeasurable crises that have shaken it to its core. Most countries are burdened by political, economical, international, and social unrest, further escalated by a prolonged pandemic lock down. The question asked by billions of people right now is, what tragedy is yet to come?


brianna on June 16, 2020:

so much happened this year!

Alex costa on June 15, 2020:

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good coverage of events!

this year wasn't what we all wanted it to be!

Ibrahim on June 14, 2020:

Nice article

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 14, 2020:

Khalil, I appreciated your response. Enjoy the week.

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 13, 2020:


I am so glad that a writer like you appreciated my article. Thank you so much.

i have published some more articles i hope you will like them too.

your support is requires

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 13, 2020:

It has been a whirlwind of a year so far and we are only halfway through it. Nice coverage of events you have here.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 13, 2020:

Hi Dude, the world very turbulent this year. Thanks for shharing.

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 13, 2020:

Hi Miebakagh,

Welcome. Thanks for reading my article.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 13, 2020:

Hi Dude, the world very turbulent this year. Thanks for shharing.

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 13, 2020:

Hi Farooq,

Thankyou for reading my article. I hope you would like my future articles too.

Hammad on June 13, 2020:

good work. This is much informative and i request hub pages to promote the type of writers and articles.

keep it up!.

FoxtrotAlfaRomeo on June 13, 2020:

Nice article man

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 12, 2020:

Hi Bilal Fazal,

I am glad that you found my article interesting.

Thank You.

Bilal Fazal from lahore on June 12, 2020:

Informative piece. Keep it up.

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 11, 2020:

Thankyou Hammad

I am glad that you liked the article.

Hammad Ali from Lahore on June 11, 2020:

Khalil, it's a great reminder!

we didn't realize so much have happened in just half a year.

Good Writing!

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 11, 2020:

Hi Shyron

you are right the key is to prepare for everything while keeping track of bad things and being hopeful for the future. Thats what human do

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 10, 2020:

Khalil, thanks for the list if we don't keep track of all the bad things we omit some.

What we need to do is pray for the best and prepare for the worst.

Blessings my friend.

Khalil Ur Rehman (author) from Lahore on June 08, 2020:

Hi Mr.Happy

I am glad you liked the article.

You are right we must prepare ourselves for everything. The world has already experienced a lot. I will write some new articles on how must humans evolve with changing world.

We can hope for the best in future.

Keep showing support!!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 08, 2020:

"The question asked by billions of people right now is, what tragedy is yet to come?" - Frogs dropping from the sky are supposed to be next, no (in some sort of Biblical terms)?

We're barely half-way through 2020 and just at the beginning for many, many other issues. So, what's to come is more rapid change in terms of Nature, social issues, economic issues ... if we don't learn to adapt very quickly and leave the past behind, we will have a very hard time. In radical times, we need a radical response.

Thanks for the reminder on how this half a year has been pretty insane. I almost forgot. Not LOL

All the best! : )

Faiza Ahsan on June 07, 2020:

This year has indeed been a plethora of tragedies. The article sums them up and leaves one wondering about the stability of our future. Great writing!

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