2020: Year in Review

COVID-19 loomed large over everything this year: our health and mortality, the economy, politics, education, sports, entertainment … well, everything. But within each of those categories, there are amazing stories of triumph and sorrow, of the human will to survive and carry on. Here we recap the major stories that shaped our lives in 2020, for better and for worse.

2020: Year in Review
    2020: Year in Coronavirus

    2020: Year in Coronavirus

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    No event was as significant this year as COVID-19, the first pandemic in a century. Millions worldwide have been infected and hundreds of thousands have died, but there is hope as several vaccines could...

    2020: Year in White House Race

    2020: Year in White House Race

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    If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the presidential election would have likely been the biggest news story of 2020. The year started off hot with the impeachment trial of President Trump; he was acquitted...

    2020: Year in Black Lives Matter

    2020: Year in Black Lives Matter

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    George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Rayshard Brooks. These are some of the Black Americans who were killed by the police and whose deaths spurred the U.S. to look at its racial history. Learn...

    2020: Year in Climate Change

    2020: Year in Climate Change

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    Record-smashing heatwaves, wildfires, hurricanes, Arctic deterioration and more: This is what climate change looks like. Scientists and advocacy groups warn that unprecedented measures are needed to cut...

    2020: Year in Politics

    2020: Year in Politics

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    Like rubberneckers on a highway, it was nearly impossible at times to take our eyes off the presidential election this year. But much else happened in politics: Lawmakers collided over coronavirus relief,...

    2020: Year in Tech

    2020: Year in Tech

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    Facing antitrust lawsuits, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google spent 2020 responding to regulators and Congress about anticompetitive practices, alleged conservative bias, election misinformation and changes...

    2020: Year in Business

    2020: Year in Business

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    2020 has been a tale of two economies. On Dec. 4, the stock markets hit all-time highs even as the government reported stagnant job growth and an unemployment rate of 6.7%. Investors continued to see returns...

    2020: Year in Sports

    2020: Year in Sports

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    COVID-19 gave us one of the strangest sports years ever, with empty stadiums, sequestered athletes and canceled events. The Tokyo Olympics and March Madness were scrapped, but sports worked hard to provide...

    2020: Year in Entertainment

    2020: Year in Entertainment

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    It all started so well. "Parasite" made history at the Oscars and 2020 was to be Marvel packed. And then, COVID-19: It hit Hollywood almost immediately, with cancellations, cinema closures, and studios...

    2020: Year in Goodbyes

    2020: Year in Goodbyes

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    Remembering those we've lost as we reach the end of a uniquely arduous year — the civil rights leaders, the lives cut short by injustice, the stars who brought us inspiration and comfort, and more.

    2020: Year in Forgotten Stories

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    Before COVID-19, another story was expected to dominate the headlines throughout 2020: the impeachment of President Trump. But only a few weeks after his February acquittal, most of us quickly forgot a...

    2020: Year in Good News

    2020: Year in Good News

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    Yeah, we know: It was a spectacularly awful year. But dare we look on the bright side? Some good things still happened. On a micro level, babies were born, couples got married, anniversaries were celebrated....

    2020: Year in Celebrity

    2020: Year in Celebrity

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    Many people didn’t take COVID-19 seriously till Tom Hanks got it. Since then, it’s been a weird year in celeb land, with stars trying to connect with their fans (not like that, Gal Gadot!) and becoming...

    2020: Year in Food

    2020: Year in Food

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    Banana bread and sourdough characterized the early part of the pandemic as we found ourselves with more time at home than we could fill. Flour became a hot commodity while the virus inflamed America's...

    2020: Year in Music & Culture

    2020: Year in Music & Culture

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    The fact that Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” during the plague was a rallying cry for creatives during the pandemic. Irritating? Yes, but we did see newness in 2020, including music from Taylor Swift, B’s...

    2020: Year in Shopping

    2020: Year in Shopping

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    Brick-and-mortar stores were in danger before the pandemic changed our world. For a time, almost all shopping migrated online, which could become a permanent trend. We explore the factors that shaped year...