The presidential elections in the United States and Belarus, the Knesset elections, the G7 summit, the abnormal amount of solar eclipses... These are just a few of the important events that the coming 2020 will bring to the world.
2020 primary color
The Pantone Color Institute experts named the color to become the most popular, essential and highly-demanded in 2020. It became the classic blue (Pantone 19–4052), which resembles a huge and boundless evening sky.
It is defined as a calm and elegant in its simplicity color. The Institute notes that entering a new decade we need reliability and stability, and the classic blue reflects this desire.
2020 most anticipated TV series
HBO has published a video with short teasers of series that will be released in 2020.
Specifically, new seasons of such series as “Westworld”, “Euphoria”, “Barry”, “High Maintenance”, “Room 104”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “The New Pope”, etc.
Other much-awaited TV-series are “The Outsider” based on the novel by American author Stephen King, published on May 22, 2018 by Scribner, “Avenue 5” with Hugh Laurie, “Country of Lovecraft” by Jordan Peel, the mini-series “The Undoing” with Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman and others. And a feature film “Bad Education” with Hugh Jackman is on it's way.
A popular WhatsApp messenger will stop working on millions of smartphones around the world. So, from February 1, iPhones running iOS 8 or an older version will not support Android devices running version 2.3. 7 or older.
Users of these operating systems will not be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts on WhatsApp.
In addition, the application will cease functioning on all smartphones running Windows Mobile from January 1, 2020 - at the same time that Microsoft is no longer supporting its Windows 10 Mobile OS.
The company explained that WhatsApp is no longer developing updates for these operating systems, as it plans to focus on "mobile platforms used by the vast majority of people."
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 9, 2020. Traditionally it will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood (Los Angeles, California).
It is already known that the shortlist includes the Ukrainian-Czech-Slovak-Polish film of Vaclav Marhoul “The Painted Bird”, nominated by the applicant from the Czech Republic.
At the same time, Ukrainian Nariman Aliev’s drama drama "Homeward" was dropped out of the list of applicants for the award.
Elections in Israel
In March, the Knesset election, the third in a row, will be held in Israel, as no political force was able to form a coalition government. The deadline for MPs to form a coalition expired at midnight on December 12, 2019.
At the same time, Benjamin Netanyahu, who headed the transitional government for almost a year, remains the country's Prime Minister. He will be forced to run his campaign under conditions where he should be charged with bribery and fraud and breach of confidence in three separate criminal investigations.
In Israel, in 2019, early elections to the Knesset were held twice - the first time on April 9, the second time on September 17. In both cases, none of the political forces managed to form a coalition.
US President Donald Trump will host the G7 Summit in 2020 at his residence in Camp David. According to the American leader, the residence is located near the US capital Washington, Maryland, so this place will be convenient for media access.
Prior to this Mike Mulvaney, Acting White House Chief of Staff since 2019, announced that the summit will be held on June 10 - 12. In 2019, it was held in France in Biarritz on August 24 - 26.
Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.
The official mascots will be figures in the style of Japanese anime with a blue and pink checkered pattern.
Elections in Belarus
Presidential elections in Belarus will be held on August 30.
Current Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has already declared his intention to run for the upcoming elections.
“I’ll certainly propose my candidacy, and people will make a choice,” Lukashenko said, adding that he wouldn’t "hold on to his presidency like grim death" and “he won’t be offended if he isn’t supported.”
Americans will elect a new president on November 3. The current head of state, Donald Trump, said at the inauguration in 2017 that he would definitely run for president.
Among his possible opponents are: former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and 16 others.
The fall in US shares
Morgan Stanley, an American banking conglomerate that owns the largest brokerage business in the world, predicts the fall of US stocks and corporate organizations in 2020. But the nearest competitors of the United States, on the contrary, will do better.
In addition, experts believe that the price of high-quality Brent oil will drop to $ 60 per barrel (as of November 2019 - $ 63). According to forecasts, in 2020 the price of gold will average $ 1,511 thousand per ounce, the current price is $ 1,458.
The trial of suspects in MH17 tragedy
On March 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. a trial of suspects in the tragedy of flight MH17 will begin in Hague.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777, flying on the MH17 flight from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was shot down in the sky in Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board, all of them died.
New feature for iPhone
In 2020, Apple will add a half-screen split function to its smartphones. This is due to the upcoming introduction of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which will be the largest phone of all that the company has previously released.
Thanks to the new function, it will be possible to simultaneously open several applications at once, for example, users will have the opportunity to simultaneously chat in the messenger and watch videos on YouTube.
Anomalous amount of eclipses
In 2020, there will be 6 eclipses, and this is more than usual.
All the inhabitants of the planet will celebrate New Year in the corridor of eclipses. On December 26 at 7:18 a.m. (Kyiv time), a ring-shaped solar eclipse will take place, and on January 10 at 9:21 p.m. a monthly shadow eclipse will take place.
The next corridor of eclipses will take place from June 5 to July 5, but the most significant day will be June 21 - the day of the summer solstice.