2020 (MMXX) is a leap year starting on Wednesday in the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. It is the first year of the 2020s. It is the 20th year of the 21st century.

Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century21st century22nd century
Decades: 1990s  2000s  2010s  – 2020s –  2030s  2040s  2050s
Years: 2017 2018 201920202021 2022 2023

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic has led to severe global socioeconomic disruption.[1]



Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is killed in an U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport, escalating the Persian Gulf crisis
The 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak begins in Wuhan and has spread to 28 countries, affecting over 40,000 and killing over 900
The United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union on 31 January. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) signs the withdrawal agreement a week before


President Donald Trump is found not guilty during his impeachment trial by the U.S. Senate in February 5
The World Health Organization official names COVID-19 as the deadly respiratory disease begins to globally spread


Countries and states around the World issues national/regional lock-downs or are placed on quarantine due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is postponed for next year due to concerns over the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
The price of oil continues to fall sharply as value lowers for Brent Crude or West Texas Intermediate oils during the Russian–Saudi oil price war

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  47. FBI agent Robert Levinson dies 'in Iranian custody,' family announces
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  56. Décès de l’ancien premier ministre Hamed Karoui (in French)
  57. Coronavirus: Spain surpasses China COVID-19 cases as deaths rise to 7,340 by Alex Culbertson, Sky News, 30 March 2020
  58. Coronavirus: Oil costs hit 2002 low as markets digest surge in infections by James Sillars, Sky News, 30 March 2020
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  63. "Timeline: The Frightening Future of Earth".
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  65. "Aral Sea".
  66. "Volvo".
  67. "Hybridization the Norm".
  68. "Toyota".
  69. Metro US, Yankees World Series hero Don Larsen dies 90
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  71. John Baldessari, Who Gave Conceptual Art a Dose of Humor, Is Dead at 88
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  74. Ушел из жизни абхазский политический деятель Анри Джергения (in Russian)
  75. Wembley goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski is dead
  76. Histórico goleiro do Corinthians e primeiro a usar luvas no Brasil, Cabeção morre aos 89 anos (in Portuguese)
  77. وفاة نجم الكرة السعودية خميس العويران بعد صراع مع المرض (in Arabic)
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  79. Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67
  80. The Guardian, Elizabeth Wurtzel, journalist and author of "Prozac nation" is dead
  81. "Edd Byrnes, Kookie on '77 Sunset Strip,' Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter.
  82. Buck Henry Dies: ‘The Graduate’ Writer, ‘Get Smart’ Co-Creator & Early ‘SNL’ Favorite Was 89
  83. Muere la infanta Pilar de Borbón a los 83 años (in Spanish)
  84. Heavy, Mike Resnick dead
  85. "Preminula Neda Arnerić". www.blic.rs. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  86. Addio a Guido Messina, era la maglia rosa più anziana (in Italian)
  87. Sultan Qaboos of Oman dies aged 79
  88. Obituary: Denmark's first F1 driver Tom Belso 1942-2020
  89. Sir Roger Scruton, conservative philosopher, dies at 75
  90. Fallece la prolífica y comprometida escritora Isabel-Clara Simó a los 76 años (in Spanish)
  91. "Rocky 'Soulman' Johnson, The Rock's Dad and WWE Superstar, Dead at 75". TMZ. January 15, 2020.
  92. Christopher, le fils de J.R.R. Tolkien, s'est éteint dans le Var à l'âge de 95 ans (in French)
  93. Muere a los 93 años ‘el Caimán’ Sánchez, leyenda del arco de la Selección Colombia (in Spanish)
  94. Il calcio piange Pietro Anastasi: fu un simbolo della Juve negli Anni 70 (in Italian)
  95. Derek Fowlds: Heartbeat and Yes Minister actor dies aged 82
  96. Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died
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  98. Hédi Baccouche n’est plus (in French)
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  100. თენგიზ სიგუა გარდაიცვალა (in Georgian)
  101. ÖFB-Legende „Turl“ Wagner 92-jährig verstorben! (in German)
  102. Rapid-Legende Alfred Körner ist tot (in German)
  103. Schriftstellerin Gudrun Pausewang ist tot (in German)
  104. Preminuo Duje Bonačić, najstariji hrvatski olimpijac i osvajač zlatne olimpijske medalje 1952. u Helsinkiju (in Croatian)
  105. Murió Juan José Pizzuti, un emblema fundamental en la historia grande de Racing (in Spanish)
  106. Netherlands legend Rob Rensenbrink passes away
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  108. Morto il grande matematico Louis Nirenberg (in Italian)
  109. "Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons dies aged 96". ITV. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
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  112. Umrl je Janez Stanovnik, nekdanji predsednik zveze borcev (in Slovene)
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  114. "Former New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore dies age 71". Radio NZ. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  115. George Steiner, Prodigious Literary Critic, Dies at 90
  116. Spanish Writer-Director Jose Luis Cuerda Dies at 72
  117. Kenya's former President Daniel arap Moi dies aged 95
  118. Biochemist and Nobel Prize winner Stanley Cohen dies in Nashville at age 97
  119. Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Icon and Spartacus Star, Dies at 103
  120. Pablo Escobar's former hitman "Popeye" has died at 57 cbsnews.com
  121. Veteran actor Orson Bean, 91, struck and killed by vehicle in Venice, friends say
  122. Chinese Doctor Who Issued Early Warning on Virus Dies
  123. Albanian music icon Nexhmije Pagarusha dies at the age of 86
  124. 'Wild Wild West' star Robert Conrad dead at 84
  125. https://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli/musica/2020/02/09/news/mirella_freni-248186108/ (in Italian)
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  128. Geert Hofstede passed away
  129. Ex-TERI chief R K Pachauri dies at 79
  130. "Lynn Cohen, 'Sex and the City' Actor, Dies at 86". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  131. Love Island presenter Caroline Flack dies aged 40
  132. Harry Gregg, former Manchester United goalkeeper and Munich air disaster hero, dies aged 87
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  135. Morreu Mário Machungo, antigo primeiro-ministro de Moçambique (in Portuguese)
  136. Detained Rwandan musician dies in police cell
  137. Savage, Mark (17 February 2020). "DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall dies". BBC News. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  138. El reconocido paleontólogo José Bonaparte falleció este martes (in Spanish)
  139. Schwarzwaldmädel-Star Sonja Ziemann ist tot (in German)
  140. Greece’s Beloved Poet Kiki Dimoula Dies at 89
  141. Local hero, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies at 101
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  144. Murió el científico argentino Mario Bunge
  145. Albanian dictator Hoxha's widow, his staunchest defender, dies at 99
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  147. Last marshal of Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov passes away
  148. Centenarian scholar Sudhakar Chaturvedi passes away
  149. Renowned Mathematician And Physicist Freeman Dyson Has Died At Age 96
  150. Elhunyt Székely Éva olimpiai bajnok úszó (in Hungarian)
  151. Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, dies at 95
  152. Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of GE, dies at 84
  153. James Lipton 'Actors Studio' host dead at 93 After Cancer Battle
  154. Ulay, Boundary-Pushing Performance Artist, Dies at 76
  155. Nie żyje Stanisław Kania, były przywódca Polskiej Zjednoczonej Partii Robotniczej (in Polish)
  156. Former UN chief Javier Pérez de Cuéllar dies aged 100
  157. Советский олимпийский чемпион Шавлакадзе умер в Тбилиси (in Russian)
  158. Canadiens legend Henri Richard passes away at age 84
  159. Ratliff, Ben (March 6, 2020). "McCoy Tyner, Jazz Piano Powerhouse, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  160. Max von Sydow är död (in Swedish)
  161. Richard K. Guy (1916–2020)
  162. Charles Wuorinen, Uncompromising Modernist Composer, Dies at 81
  163. Michel Roux, 78, Dies; Helped Bring French Cuisine to London
  164. Tonie Marshall Dies at 68; French Filmmaker Took On Sexism
  165. Former Czech Olympic javelin champion Dana Zatopkova dies at 97
  166. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Musician, Artist and Provocateur, Dies at 70
  167. "Coronavirus: morto Vittorio Gregotti, maestro dell'architettura del Novecento". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 15 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  168. RIP Oscar-nominated actor Stuart Whitman ‘dead at 92 after skin cancer battle’
  169. Умер Эдуард Лимонов (in Russian)
  170. Floyd Mayweather Uncle Roger Mayweather Dies ... Legendary Boxing Trainer
  171. Décès de l’ancien président bissau-guinéen Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo (in French)
  172. E' morta Betty Williams, premio Nobel e ideatrice della Città della Pace (in Italian)
  173. Apollo Astronaut Al Worden, one of the few who orbited the moon, dies
  174. https://www.smh.com.au/national/catherine-hamlin-the-saint-of-addis-ababa-dies-at-96-20200319-p54bpg.html
  175. Fallece Joaquín Peiró a los 84 años (in Spanish)
  176. Murió Amadeo Carrizo, una leyenda de River (in Spanish)
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  178. Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz dies age 76 after coronavirus infection
  179. Muere Lucía Bosé a los 89 años a causa de coronavirus (in Spanish)
  180. legendarni Branko Cikatić (in Croatian)
  181. "Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango dies after contracting coronavirus". AlJazeera.com. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  182. Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon dies aged 72
  183. Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81
  184. Francia, è morto Albert Uderzo: fu il disegnatore di Asterix (in Italian)
  185. L'ancien sélectionneur de l'équipe de France Michel Hidalgo est décédé (in French)
  186. Dernière minute: Décès de Hamed Karoui à 92 ans (in French)
  187. Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72
  188. 20世纪物理学巨人、诺奖得主菲利普安德森逝世,享年96岁 (in Chinese)
  189. Умер писатель Юрий Бондарев (in Russian)
  190. Fallece Jose Luis Capón por coronavirus, histórico lateral del Atlético de Madrid (in Spanish)
  191. Japanese Comedian Ken Shimura Dies From Coronavirus
  192. Polish composer Penderecki dies at 86 after long illness
  193. Glezos, Greek who tore swastika from Acropolis in WW2, dies aged 97
  194. 郝柏村去世 享嵩壽101歲 (in Chinese)