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2020: Major events that shaped the world

By Guardian Exclusive
30 December 2020   |   10:50 am
There is no simple way, to sum up this year. Tumultuous, terrifying, wearisome, Resilient, heroic, hopeful? Apart from been a leap year starting on a Wednesday, the year 2020 is the most devastating year ever experienced starting from a deadly pandemic to a global movement for racial justice and several world-shifting events. Here is a timeline of the major events that shaped this year.

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19 May
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4 Jun
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19 May
British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, piling pressure on finance minister Rishi Sunak to step up his help for households facing a worsening cost-of-living crisis.
21 May
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24 May
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29 May
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