Top 5 events that happened during the summer of 2020

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By Leslie Najera-Rivas and Isabela Casimiro

Summer was filled with many sudden changes in daily habits. Many of these sudden turn of events will be written down in the history books. Here are some of the major events that made the summer of 2020 one to remember. 

 

  1. COVID-19 hit over 20 million infected people

In August, the month that the United States hit 20 million COVID-19 cases, various stores and restaurants had already opened. Cases increased with rapid speed with states such as California, Texas, and Florida with the highest number of infected people. As of Sept. 27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S reported 49,871 new cases. 

 

  1. Black Lives Matter protests take a toll on the U.S.

On May 26, 46-year-old African-American George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin. Peaceful and violent protests began in Minneapolis and spread like wildfire across the nation. Black Lives Matter is a movement that was created in order to stop racism and violence against the African-American community. Although this movement is not new, the #blacklivesmatter began to trend this year after the death of Floyd brought light to hundreds of other peoples’ names that were also victims of violence against African-Americans. 

 

  1. Joe Biden choosing California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Aug. 11 became a date to remember when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his pick for vice president. With the social unrest present on the streets, it was expected that Biden would be choosing a woman of color as his vice president and Harris has always been the top contender. Harris is now the first African-American woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated for vice president of a major party. At the beginning of this year, Harris ran for president and even competed against Biden during the Democratic presidential debates. 

 

  1. Wildfires in the West threaten peoples’ lives

Wildfires raging in the West have been an ongoing issue as the fires have caused damage to over 3 million acres of land. The cause for one of the wildfires has been tracked down to a pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party. More than 21,000 people had to evacuate from their homes and at least 10 have died as a result of the fires. Researchers at Stanford University estimate that over 1,200 people over the age of 65 have died from wildfire smoke. President Trump blames the wildfires for inadequate forest management and continues to claim that California is responsible for the damage.

 

  1. Trump downplaying COVID

Since the first reported case of COVID in the United States, President Trump has downplayed the virus claiming that it’ll go away with the summer heat. Summer came and COVID cases had only begun to climb the charts. Trump faced criticism for his mishandling of the pandemic and reopened the nation despite the rise in cases. However, when a book published Sept. 15 by Bob Woodward revealed that Trump knew the gravity of the pandemic, Trump chose to continue to lie to the American people about the virus.