It’s only May, but 2020 has already felt like a year to some. With life drastically changing in a matter of weeks because of the coronavirus, the near past feels distant as people anxiously wait for the pandemic to end. The year kicked off with an eventful first quarter even before a pandemic was declared.

Here are seven things you probably forgot occurred in 2020 so far.

Australian Bushfires

Although the bushfires started in 2019, they were still burning in 2020. On Jan. 2, a third state of emergency was called in New South Wales, Australia. The fires caused cities to evacuate and killed people and acres of wildlife. Some fires are still burning.

US Kills Iranian General Qasem Soleimani

On Jan. 2,, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was killed by a drone strike under the orders of President Donald Trump.

“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

On Jan. 8, Iran launched missiles at two military bases in Iraq that housed U.S. soldiers. The attack was believed to be in retaliation for Soleimani’s killing.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they are stepping down from their senior roles in the royal British family.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in an Instagram post Jan. 8.

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