It's 2020! We are 2 decades into the 21st century, and it has been an incredible 20 years so far. One can only wonder about what 2020 will bring to us. In the wake of multiple horrific events and incidents these past 20 years, one can only hope that this year will be great and wonderful for mankind. Speaking of which, here are the top 5 events of 2020 that we feel you should look out for. Mark them in your bullet journal and hold on tight, because this decade is going to be a wild ride.
1. 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo
2020 Summer Olympics will begin on Friday 24 July and ends on Sunday 9 August. This time it's in Tokyo! Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 September 2013. This will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being in 1964. It is also the first city in Asia to host the Summer Olympic Games twice, and overall the fourth Olympics to be held in Japan, which also hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 (Sapporo) and 1998 (Nagano). The 2020 Games will be the second of three consecutive Olympics to be held in East Asia, the first being the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, and the next being the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
These Games will see the introduction of new and additional competitions at the Summer Olympics, including 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events. Under new IOC policies that allow the host organizing committee to add sports to the Olympic programme to augment the permanent core Olympic events, these Games will see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts. There will also be the return of baseball and softball, both removed from the summer programme after 2008. Since it's in the summer, get ready for a festive Olympics!
2. New/Upcoming Movies
If watching other people running around and being athletic is too taxing for you, rest assured it will be another eventful year at the box office. Do you like superhero deep cuts? Boom: "Wonder Woman 1984." "Black Widow." Franchises that refuse to die? Rev up for "Fast and Furious 9" and a new "Fantastic Beasts" movie. Franchises you thought weren't franchises because it's been so long but — surprise — now they are apparently? "Top Gun: Maverick" will look great on you. The remake train continues at full speed as well, making stops at the "West Side Story" junction and "Mulan" city. Oh, and don't forget about "Sonic the Hedgehog!"
3. The Mars 2020 mission
Fans of Star Trek, Martian Manhunter & John Carter will love this! You can now hitch a ride on the new rover headed for Mars in late July or early August. The Mars 2020 rover will join the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet, which hopefully means Curiosity will have a friend to sing Happy Birthday with instead of doing it all alone. Any time scientists get to be rock stars is a time worth celebrating, and the Mars 2020 rover is fully tricked out and ready to roll. It has 23 cameras and two microphones to capture the sounds of the rover landing as well as the haunting, desolate Martian winds that follow.
4. Full Eclipse
Remember how fun the Great American Eclipse was in 2017? Well, there's a Great South American Eclipse coming next year, and eclipse watchers are making plans to congregate in Argentina and stare up at the cosmic spectacle (while safely bespectacled, of course). The solar eclipse will shade the region in brief darkness on December 14, but there are other fun space things happening right around the same time. The Geminid meteor shower will spangle the sky the night before, and a special alignment of Jupiter and Saturn a week later will complete a rare space nerd trifecta.
5. It's a leap year
Every four years a leap year occurs, which means we get an extra calendar day in the form of Feb. 29. 2020 happens to be a leap year, which is exciting, especially for people with birthdays or half birthdays on the twenty-ninth day of February.
So these are just a handful of things to look forward to 2020. There’s definitely plenty more, but we hope you can be excited and plan out for these events in the days and months to come!