50 photos of American life in 2020
It would be disingenuous to say 2020 started out like any other year.
In January, the U.S. was mired in impeachment proceedings of a sitting president. Tensions with Iran were on the rise, nine people including basketball star Kobe Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash, a U.S. military base was attacked near Baghdad, and, on Jan. 21, the first case of a mysterious virus was reported in the United States.
As the months unfolded and the coronavirus spread, businesses shuttered, the economy tanked, and the death toll around the world rose. By Oct. 19, cases had reached 8.19 million in the United States with more than 220,000 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. Virtually all parts of everyday life have changed, from how we socialize and study to how we shop and eat. A new normal has emerged; one featuring social distancing, facial coverings, and an ongoing sense of uncertainty about where we are headed.
To reflect on the utter transcendence of 2020, Stacker compiled 50 photos of American life this year. From hallowed moments to images of perseverance and celebration, keep reading to see just some of all that’s happened so far this year.
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Jan. 1: New Year’s Eve celebrations in Las Vegas
Fireworks illuminate the skyline over the Las Vegas Strip during "America's Party 2020," an eight-minute pyrotechnics show by Fireworks from Grucci. About 400,000 visitors gathered to watch more than 80,000 fireworks shoot from the rooftops of seven hotel-casinos to welcome the new year.
Jan. 18: Fourth Annual Women’s March
The Fourth Annual Women's March gathers at Columbus Circle in New York City. Marches were scheduled in more than 180 cities for the annual event.
Jan. 26: Grammy Awards
Billie Eilish performs onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jan. 28: Kobe Bryant memorial
A man places a hat at a makeshift memorial near the Staples Center in Los Angeles in memory of former NBA great Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The plane was en route to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was going to coach Gianna in a tournament game.
Feb. 2: Super Bowl LIV
Kansas City Chiefs Frank Clark, #55, and Patrick Mahomes, #15, celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers by 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
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Feb. 6: President Trump acquitted
President Donald Trump holds a copy of the Washington Post as he speaks in the East Room of the White House one day after the U.S. Senate acquitted on two articles of impeachment. After five months of congressional hearings and investigations about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the Senate formally acquitted the president of charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.
Feb. 25: Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Partying on Bourbon Street during the evening of Mardi Gras on Feb. 25 in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration the city of New Orleans hosts every year. The magnificent, costumed, beaded, and feathered party is laced with tradition and having a good time. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and culminate on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday and Lent).
Feb. 25: Democratic primary debates
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tom Steyer speak after the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven candidates qualified for the debate, hosted by CBS News and Congressional Black Caucus Institute, ahead of South Carolina’s primary four days following.
March 1: Selma’s Bloody Sunday Anniversary
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks to the crowd at the Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing reenactment marking the 55th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Lewis marched for civil rights across the bridge 55 years ago. Some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates attended the Selma bridge crossing jubilee ahead of Super Tuesday.
March 4: Tornado outbreak in Tennessee
Families sort through tornado debris to gather possessions in Cookeville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through the Nashville area early Tuesday morning which left Putnam County with 18 killed and 38 unaccounted for.
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