March 13, 2020. The day our lives changed forever — give or take a few days. It has officially been over three years since the outbreak of COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Three years since normalcy. Three years of wearing masks, social distancing, and going to school on a computer. While life is back to normal now at Penn State, this isn’t necessarily the case for other places around the world. We still haven’t seen the end of COVID-19. In the three years since the pandemic started, our world has drastically changed. Here are some of the biggest events within the past 36 months:
March 11, 2020
COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The start of the downfall.
May 25, 2020
George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, MN, which sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
November 7, 2020
Four days after election day, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected as President and Vice President of the United States. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, and first woman of color, to become Vice President.
January 6, 2021
The January 6 Insurrection occurred when hundreds of pro-Trump protesters stormed the capital in an attempt to stop the certification of the previous years’ election.
February 7, 2021
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off in Superbowl LV, resulting in a win for the Buccaneers.
July 23-August 8, 2021
The Olympics in Tokyo took place, ending in 39 gold medals for team USA.
February 4-20, 2022
The Winter Olympics took place in Beijing, China. Team USA took home 25 medals, eight of which were gold.
February 24, 2022
Russia invaded Ukraine in what has now turned into a yearlong war.
March 27, 2022.
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars after Rock took a dig at Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
June 24, 2022
The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision.
September 28, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96.
November 15, 2022
The world population surpassed 8 billion.
While nothing big has yet to happen in 2023, we’re not even half-way through. Only time will tell what will happen in the coming months.
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