The year 2020 witnessed many events and several records were recorded, in what comes a look at the year 2020 in ten records in the areas of climate, health, economics, politics, and sports.
A record temperature of 54.4 ° C was recorded on August 16 in Death Valley (Death Valley) in California, the third-highest on Earth after the two records set in the region in 1913 and 1931.
In new evidence of global warming, he declared the year 2020 the warmest year after 2016 and classified the past decade as “the warmest on record” according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Pandemic in record numbers
The Covid-19 epidemic that appeared at the end of the year 2019 in China, recorded records in the speed of its geographical expansion and the strength of its impact on human activity.
And on April 2, just three months after it began spreading, more than 3.9 billion people, equivalent to half of humanity, were forced or required to undergo quarantine, according to AFP statistics.
The recession in the economy caused by the health crisis and the wave of nationwide closures led to a severe recession in the spring.
In April, 20.5 million jobs were cut in the US At the global level, the International Monetary Fund expects GDP to contract by 4.4 percent. On the other hand, the volume of sales of multinational Internet companies increased by 18.4 percent during the first nine months of the year, according to the “Mediobanca” specialized group.
The highest score?
On November 14, the World Health Organization counted a record number of 700,000 COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.
But the official toll from the epidemic, with more than 1.6 million deaths at the end of 2020, is still lower than in other epidemics. For comparison, the “Spanish flu” in 1918-1919 killed 50 million people, and the plague wiped out half of Europe’s population at the end of the Middle Ages.
Record number in humanitarian needs
Due to Covid-19, the number of people needing humanitarian aid will reach an all-time high of 235 million people, and “the picture we present is the bleakest in terms of humanitarian needs,” according to the UN humanitarian affairs official Mark Lowcock.
The most expensive election campaign
$ 14 billion: This amount of money has never been spent on the US elections. The presidential and legislative campaign on November 3, 2020, in the United States, cost twice as much as the candidate’s spending on the 2016 elections and three times more than the 2000 elections, according to the Institute. Independent Center for Response Politics.
Formula One: More Powerful Than Shumi
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton broke the record for the number of Grand Prix wins recorded in the name of Germany’s Michael Schumacher, after winning the 94th title in November in Turkey.
Hamilton is now on par with the legendary “Shumi” in the number of world titles, with seven titles in the Formula One World Championship.
The fastest and highest
Athletics set some records in 2020: Joshua Chiptigi became the fastest Ugandan at a distance of 10,000 meters in 26 minutes and 11 seconds in October in Valencia (Spain), while the Swedish Arman Duplantes surpassed Ukrainian pole vault legend Sergey Popka after jumping 6.15 meters in September in Rome.
The most severe loss
By losing 6-0 to Spain, the German national football team, the four-time world champion, suffered their biggest defeat since 1931 on 18 November in Seville; This defeat did not prevent Joachim Low, coach of the national team since 2006, from staying in his position until the 2021 European Cup.
The standard price for a pigeon bird
New Chem, a pigeon of Belgian breed, was sold in November at a record price of 1.6 million euros by a Chinese at a virtual auction.