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  • Hindsight is 2020, and here  are ten photos that capture it

  • Residents of Lake Tabourie, Australia looked on  

  • as flames burned through bush  four days into the new year.  

  • Exacerbated by climate change, the fires claimed  over two dozen lives and 27 million acres of land

  • Celebrations of when Britain  officially quit the EU on January 31st  

  • featured plenty of Union Jack finery. And then  the real work began to hammer out the terms

  • Mid-February, doctors in the Chinese city of  Wuhan were examining the first waves of patients  

  • infected with a new coronavirus that  would soon become a global pandemic.  

  • Over 1.5 million people would  die from it by the year's end

  • As if one plague weren't enough, 2020 took yet  another page right out of the Old Testament.  

  • This photo was taken in Kipsing, Kenya. The  desert locust invasion across the Horn of Africa  

  • was the worst in 25 years and caused an  unprecedented threat to food insecurity

  • Protests against police brutality erupted  following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis  

  • after Floyd, a black man, died in police custody

  • On June 30th, China passed a wideranging security law for Hong Kong,  

  • making it easier to punish protesters  and reducing the city's overall autonomy

  • A pair of explosions at the Port of Beirut sent  supersonic blasts through the Lebanese capital:  

  • killing at least 154 people, wounding 5,000 moreand causing widespread destruction. The cause?  

  • A neglected stockpile of ammonium nitrate. Belarusian opposition supporters staged a  

  • flower protestcontinuing the push for the  resignation of the nation's authoritarian leader,  

  • President Alexander Lukashenko. There were  additional pro-democracy demonstrations  

  • in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Kyrgyzstan. While it took days to count all of the votes,  

  • Kamala Harris, would go on to win the title of  first female Vice President of the United States,  

  • as well as the first ever to hold that  office with Black or Asian ancestry.  

  • In the Indian village of Thulasendrapuramwhere Harris' maternal grandfather was born,  

  • residents showed their  support even at the bus stop

  • On November 9th, BioNTech and Pfizer  announced they'd created a Covid-19  

  • vaccine that was more than 90% effectiveDr. Ozlem Tureci and her husband, Ugur Sahin,  

  • who founded BioNTech both have parents who  moved to Germany from Turkey. The German  

  • husband-and-wife team have been celebrated for  showing what immigrants and their children can do.

Hindsight is 2020, and here  are ten photos that capture it

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