|Centuries:||20th century – 21st century – 22nd century|
|Decades:||1990s 2000s 2010s – 2020s – 2030s 2040s 2050s|
|Years:||2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029|
The 2020s (pronounced "twenty-twenties" or "two thousand twenties") is the current decade that began on January 1, 2020 and will end on December 31, 2029. When the decade began, the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, causing many disruptions. In 2021, Kabul fell and the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. In 2022, Russia would launch an invasion of Ukraine.
Events[change | change source]
2020[change | change source]
- In 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union. This event was called Brexit.
- Starting in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading around the world. As of April 2022, over 500 million people have been infected, and more than 6 million people have died. Government responses to the pandemic caused many disputes. Business slowed down during the pandemic, which led to a recession.
- May 25 – George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed by a police officer in Minnesota. Over the next few months, there were many protests across the United States against police violence and racism.
- September 27 - November 10 – The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war was fought between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan won the war and gained land.
- November 3 – Joe Biden was elected as 46th President of the United States, defeating incumbent Donald Trump.
- November – The Tigray War, a civil war, began in Ethiopia between the Tigray Region and the government of Ethiopia.
2021[change | change source]
- During 2021, COVID-19 vaccines were given to large numbers of people around the world. By the end of the year, over 4 billion people had received at least one vaccine dose.
- January 6 – The United States Capitol is attacked and stormed by supporters of Donald Trump.
- January 21 – Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th President of the United States.
- The 2020 Summer Olympics happened in 2021 instead. They were moved a year later because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- July 7 – President of Haiti Jovenel Moïse is assassinated at his home, aged 53.
- August 31 – The War in Afghanistan ended as the United States military left Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the country.
2022[change | change source]
- February 24 – Russia launched an invasion on Ukraine. The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine is the largest war fought in Europe since World War II. In response, other countries brought economic sanctions, or penalties, against the Russian government.
- July 8 – Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is assassinated at aged 67.
Future predictions[change | change source]
- In 2004, then President of the United States George W. Bush said that people would try to fly to Mars some time in this decade.
- In 2022, the world population will reach 8 billion people.
- In 2023, India will become the country with the highest population, passing China.
- In 2027, the autopsy (study of a dead body to find out how that person died) of Elvis Presley will be published.
References[change | change source]
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- "Next Africa: What Does Tigray Want From Ethiopian Civil War?". Bloomberg News. 2021-08-20.
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- "Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic". The Guardian. March 24, 2020. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
- McKee, Maggie (9 January 2004). "Bush to announce manned mission to Mars". New Scientist. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
- Nocera, Kate (July 11, 2022). "India will surpass China in population next year, UN projects". Axios.
- Mejia, Paula (January 8, 2015). "On His 80th Birthday, Revisiting the Conspiracies That Have Kept Elvis Presley Alive". Newsweek. Retrieved May 11, 2020.