(ABC4) – As we prepare to ring in the new year, it’s important to look back and reflect on the events that not only took our world by storm but built our resilience.
Below are the key stories that shaped each month of 2020.
Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general firing a series of surface-to-surface missiles at an Iraqi airbase housing U.S. troops and warning the United States and its allies in the region not to retaliate.
Video footage of the area around Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt “no longer exists,” federal prosecutors told a judge.
Utah firefighters are on their way to Australia to help battle wildfires that are destroying thousands of acres and displacing the public.
China’s leader called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak’s epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.
NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California.
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, decide to drop the labels and relocate to California.
The U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump, triggering month-long trials.
A mom calls on schools and parents to teach children disability awareness after a bullying incident left her 9-year-old son in tears, saying he wants to die.
Monday, March 16, 1:05 PM. A total of 29 Utah residents and seven visitors have tested positive for the virus.
Everything from hotels/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip to restaurants, hair and nail salons, gyms, and many retail stores close at the governor’s request.
Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declares that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.
As the world begins to implement stay at home orders, Utah attempts to follow suit.
Companies even decide to create quarantine-based competitions to alleviate the change.
South Korea’s government has dismissed rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in fragile condition, as speculation about his health intensifies amid the North’s silence on his whereabouts.
Bangladesh’s coast guard has rescued 396 starving Rohingya refugees who had been drifting at sea for weeks after failing to reach Malaysia, officials said.
Universal Studios decided to test out a PVOD release on the date that the movie would have released theatrically, causing AMC to take a huge financial hit.
“Murder hornets” are now in the United States. Asian Giant Hornets are an invasive and potentially deadly species, and they have been found in the U.S. for the first time.
UHP: 5-year-old boy driving his parents’ car on the freeway pulled over, tells troopers he was going to California to buy a Lamborghini
A 5-year-old boy was pulled over driving his parents’ car on the freeway, later getting to meet Jamie Foxx, Shaq, and Lil Pump.
The peaceful protest turned violent as a police car was reportedly flipped and another car set on fire.
Following months long investigations, more information is revealed in regards to the Daybell missing children’s case.
As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, India grappled with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of a monthslong lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day.
The outpouring of outrage and support following George Floyd’s death reflects deep-seated racial inequalities within the United States.
A large crowd gathered outside the Salt Lake City Public Safety building as the nation continues to protest the death of a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.
According to an article from Science Alert an area near Yellowstone National Park experienced nearly a dozen earthquakes.
More than 20 of the fires were human-caused, officials tell ABC4 News.
As pandemic numbers increase so does unemployment.
Health officials in one Colorado county are warning residents after a squirrel tested positive for bubonic plague.
French officials launched an arson inquiry after a fire broke out in the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of the western French city of Nantes.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire, share FBI.
Johns Hopkins University says the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 600,000.
Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks flooded with glass and rubble.
The U.S. Marshals Service worked with local authorities to rescue 26 missing children and ensure the safe location of 13 others during a two-week operation in Georgia.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will address the nation from Delaware and formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, dies of cancer.
“George Floyd was saying, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and then he died,” St. George resident Shauna Kinville said. “Now we’re wearing a mask and saying ‘I can’t breathe,’ but we’re being forced to wear them.”
The Salt Lake City Police Department released body camera video of an officer shooting a 13- year old boy with autism.
A St. George baby is the latest craze on social media after his parents say he is the youngest person to ever water ski.
US President Donald Trump announces via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19
“I’m sure that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus,” Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a direct message to Trump released by the Kremlin.
Three scientists win the Nobel Prize in physics for establishing the all-too-weird reality of black holes.
Johnny Depp lost his high-stakes libel case against The Sun tabloid newspaper for labeling him a “wife beater,” as a British judge said he believed the actor had abused ex-wife Amber Heard to such an extent that she frequently feared for her life.
Biden is deemed the projected winner of the 2020 elections, Trump disagrees and asks for a recount.
Harry Styles graces the cover of Vogue magazine
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot,” The star wrote on Instagram.
The Supreme Court rejects a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court.
Tom Cruise has reportedly shut down production on Mission: Impossible 7 to take an earlier-than-planned Christmas break after yelling at crew members for breaking COVID-19 protocols.
At around 6:30 a.m. Christmas morning, an RV explodes. Police say officers were initially in the area investigating a shots fired call when the explosion happened. Three people have been taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries. The explosion is believed to have been an intentional act.
A Texas medical examiner’s office says that standout University of Utah running back Ty Jordan died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Christmas Day.
Though 2020 has been more than we bargained for, the year allowed us to grow and understand our humanity in a different light. As we ring in 2021, we will not be wiser but stronger as well.
From us to you, Happy New Year.
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