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Year Recap: 20 Firsts Of 2020

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The year 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride. The year was punctuated with tragic blows, glorious highs, heartaches and many lessons.

However, there are some moments we are proud to be associated with them in some way or the other. So, here’s the mashup of both moments in the unpredictable year.

January

Thailand recorded the first case of COVID-19 outside China.

India reported its first case of COVID-19 in Kerala, a returnee from Wuhan.

February

Parasite became the first non-English language film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

March

PM Narendra Modi announced the first phase of nationwide lockdown.

April

Indian auto industry recorded zero domestic sales for the first time.

May

Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first private company to launch humans into orbit.

June

India and China engaged in their first deadly conflict in at least 45 years in the Galwan River Valley in eastern Ladakh.

Scientists captured the first direct image of another solar system that closely resembles our own.

July

Hajj began without international pilgrims for the first time.

For the first time in history, Indian Railways claimed 100% punctuality rate on July 1 for 201 trains.

August

Russia launched the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, the Sputnik V.

Apple became the first publicly traded US company to be worth $2 trillion.

September

Reliance Industries became the first Indian company to surpass $200 billion in market capitalisation.

October

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna became the first two women to ever jointly win the Nobel Prize in
Chemistry.

Chennai Super Kings failed to make the playoffs for the first time in IPL history.

Pope Francis became the first pope to endorse same-sex civil unions.

November

India entered ‘technical recession’ for the first time in its history.

Kamala Harris became the first Black and Asian-American woman to be the US vice-president-elect.

Delhi Crime became the first Indianweb series to win an International Emmy.

December

Margaret Keenan became the first person to receive a COVID vaccine approved for the general public.

Gitanjali Rao, the 15-year-old inventor and scientist, became Time magazine’s first Kid of the Year.

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