Happy New Year, and thank goodness that's over! Just when the world thought 2016 - 2019 couldn't be topped, 2020 arrived and said "hold my beer".
The Australian bush fires raged on from the year prior, destroying 72,000 square miles of land, over 9,000 buildings and killing 3 billion animals and hundreds of people. On the subject of natural disasters, the Taal Volanco in the Philippines erupted again, for the first time since 1977, leading to a mass evacuation and 39 deaths. The Hong Kong protests continued on, too - and all of this was just in January!
Then, the world entered the ongoing Covid-19 era. The outbreak of the virus lead to a global pandemic, resulting in over 1.8 million deaths, national lockdowns, severe social disruption and a damaging economic recession.
To top it all off, there were some sudden and tragic inclusions to memoriam lists: Kobe Bryant, Eddie Van Halen, Chadwick Boseman and Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee/Luke Harper, to name a few.
However, where there is dark, there is light. A vaccine wasn't the only thing achieved that year. There were more than a few moments in sport and television as well as acts of charity and gestures to make the world smile again.