In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic grabbed most headlines in 2020, but here are some of this year’s most important events.

2020 was a year like no other. Even though it will be remembered most for the pandemic, there were other events that shaped the world as we know it today. Browse through this selection of photographs to remember some of them.

The end of the UK membership in the EU

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

MEPs sing and hold hands after approving the UK’s withdrawal from the EU during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels. January 29, 2020

Extreme bushfires in Australia

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

New South Wales Fire and Rescue station officer looks out the window of a C-130J Hercules aircraft as a warm glow from wildfires near Coffs Harbour filters through the window

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A statue stands at a burnt house after an overnight bushfire in Australia’s New South Wales state. January 6, 2020

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years for rape and sexual assault

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges. January 16, 2020

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement reignited and went küresel

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A protester shouts “Black Lives Matter” during a rainstorm in front of Lafayette Park next to the White House, Washington, DC. June 5, 2020

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A protester over the death of George Floyd carries the US flag upside as a sign of distress. Minneapolis, USA. May 28, 2020

Comet Neowise lit up the sky

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

The comet Neowise is visible in the evening sky above the artwork titled: “Seven Magic Mountains” by artist Ugo Rondinone. Near Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. July 16, 2020

A massive explosiondevastated Beirut

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

Hoda Kinno, 11, is evacuated by her uncle Mustafa shortly after a massive explosion at the port in Beirut, Lebanon. August 4, 2020

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

An aerial view shows Beirut and its port, damaged by a colossal explosion. Lebanon. August 7, 2020

Protests in Belarus call for fair elections

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

Belarusian opposition supporters light their phones and wave an old Belarusian national flag during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independence Square

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

An elderly lady walks by a serviceman standing behind a barbed wire fence during a protest in Minsk, Belarus. August. 23, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court justice and women’s rights champion, died

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A staff member places a photo of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a ceremony for her to lie in state in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. September 25

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A child in a supergirl costume pays respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg near the US Supreme Court building. September. 23, 2020. Washington DC, USA

Record-breaking wildfires in California with over 1.6 million hectares burned

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

Flames consumed the Glass Mountain Inn in St. Helena, California, USA. September 27, 2020

Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

Villagers outside of Nagorno-Karabakh set their homes on fire before fleeing to Armenia ahead of some a territory handover to Azerbaijan. November 14, 2020

Moria migrant camp, a home for thousands, burned down

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A woman carries a child past flames after a major fire broke out in the Moria migrants camp on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos. September 9, 2020

Joe Biden won the election to become 46th president of the USA

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

A demonstrator holds up a sign while waiting for election results at Black Lives Matter Plaza, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington

Football legend Diego Maradona died aged 60

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

People light flares as they gather under a mural depicting football legend Diego Maradona, in Naples, Italy. November 25, 2020

Astronauts were carried to the ISS by a privately-owned company for the first time

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

Two astronauts leave on the SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. May 30, 2020.

In pictures: Major 2020 events that were not about COVID-19

NASA astronauts on their way to the launchpad for the SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. November 15, 2020

Source: Euronews

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