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January2021-01-03The 117th Congress is officially sworn in. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is reelected as HoThe 117th Congress is officially sworn in. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is reelected as House Speaker.
January2021-01-03President Donald Trump pushes Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger toPresident Donald Trump pushes Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" votes to overturn the election results after his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, according to an audio recording of a phone call obtained by CNN and first reported by the Washington Post.
January2021-01-05The Louisville Police Department fires two detectives, Myles Cosgrove and JoshuThe Louisville Police Department fires two detectives, Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes, connected to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
January2021-01-05Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely announces Rusten Sheskey willKenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely announces Rusten Sheskey will not face charges in the shooting of Jacob Blake. Sheskey, a White officer, shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven times while responding to a domestic incident on August 23, 2020. Blake survived the shooting but was
January2021-01-06One day after US Senate runoffs in Georgia take place on January 5, CNN projectOne day after US Senate runoffs in Georgia take place on January 5, CNN projects the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will be the first Black senator from Georgia, defeating Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Later in the day, CNN projects Jon Ossoff will
January2021-01-06Following Trump's rally and speech at the White House Ellipse, pro-Trump rioterFollowing Trump's rally and speech at the White House Ellipse, pro-Trump rioters storm the US Capitol as members of Congress meet to certify the Electoral College results of the 2020 presidential election. A total of five people die, including a Capitol Police officer the next day.
January2021-01-06Facebook and Twitter temporarily lock Trump's accounts on their platforms afterFacebook and Twitter temporarily lock Trump's accounts on their platforms after his supporters stormed the Capitol building to protest the election results. On January 8, Twitter announces Trump's account is suspended permanently.
January2021-01-07Congress formally affirms Biden's 2020 victory, completing a final step in theCongress formally affirms Biden's 2020 victory, completing a final step in the electoral process after a mob incited by Trump breached the US Capitol on January 6 and forced lawmakers to evacuate both the House and Senate chambers.
January2021-01-07Biden nominates Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general.Biden nominates Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general.
January2021-01-07Two of Trump's Cabinet secretaries -- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao andTwo of Trump's Cabinet secretaries -- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos-- announce their resignations, citing the riot at the US Capitol.
January2021-01-08Trump announces he will not be attending Biden's inauguration on January 20.Trump announces he will not be attending Biden's inauguration on January 20.
January2021-01-09Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 - a Boeing 737-500 - crashes into the ocean minutes afSriwijaya Air Flight 182 - a Boeing 737-500 - crashes into the ocean minutes after takeoff, killing all 62 people on board.
January2021-01-11House Democrats formally introduce articles of impeachment, charging Trump withHouse Democrats formally introduce articles of impeachment, charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection."
January2021-01-13The House votes to impeach Trump for a second time following the president's roThe House votes to impeach Trump for a second time following the president's role inciting last week's riot at the US Capitol. The House votes 232 to 197 to impeach.
January2021-01-13Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announces he is running foFormer Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announces he is running for mayor of New York City.
January2021-01-17A vocal critic of the Kremlin, Alexey Navalny, is detained by police in Russia,A vocal critic of the Kremlin, Alexey Navalny, is detained by police in Russia, moments after his return to the country and five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. He is ordered to remain in custody for 30 days during a surprise hearing in Russia.
January2021-01-19Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's secretary of state, certifies the results of theBrad Raffensperger, Georgia's secretary of state, certifies the results of the two US Senate runoff results.
January2021-01-20In the final hours of his presidency, Trump issues 73 pardons and 70 commutatioIn the final hours of his presidency, Trump issues 73 pardons and 70 commutations, including Steve Bannon.
January2021-01-20Biden is sworn in as the 46th president and Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49Biden is sworn in as the 46th president and Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th vice president.
January2021-01-20Harris formally swears in three new Democratic senators, Warnock, Ossoff and AlHarris formally swears in three new Democratic senators, Warnock, Ossoff and Alex Padilla. Padilla is California's first Latino senator.
January2021-01-20At least 32 people are killed and over 100 are injured in a double suicide bombAt least 32 people are killed and over 100 are injured in a double suicide bombing in Baghdad, the first suicide attack to strike Baghdad in nearly two years. ISIS later claims responsibility.
January2021-01-25The House impeachment managers formally trigger the start of Trump's second impThe House impeachment managers formally trigger the start of Trump's second impeachment trial after they deliver the charge against Trump to the Senate. He is the first president in history to be impeached twice.
January2021-01-25Biden signs an executive order to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender AmBiden signs an executive order to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military.
February2021-02-01Myanmar's military takes control of the country in a coup and declares a stateMyanmar's military takes control of the country in a coup and declares a state of emergency, following the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government leaders.
February2021-02-02In its fourth-quarter 2020 earnings report, Amazon announces that Jeff Bezos wiIn its fourth-quarter 2020 earnings report, Amazon announces that Jeff Bezos will step down from his role as chief executive in the third quarter of 2021. He will transition to the role of executive chair, and Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy will become chief executive officer.
February2021-02-02A Moscow court sentences Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to prison forA Moscow court sentences Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to prison for more than two and a half years, prompting protests across the county. The sentence takes into account the 11 months Navalny spent under house arrest.
February2021-02-04Voting technology company Smartmatic files a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox NVoting technology company Smartmatic files a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, some of the network's star hosts, including Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro, and pro-Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, alleging the parties worked in concert to wage a "disinformation cam
February2021-02-04Johnson & Johnson officially asks the US Food and Drug Administration for an emJohnson & Johnson officially asks the US Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine.
February2021-02-09Trump's second impeachment trial begins with a four-hour debate on the constituTrump's second impeachment trial begins with a four-hour debate on the constitutionality of the proceeding. On February 13, the Senate votes to acquit Trump, voting that Trump was not guilty of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. The final vote is 57 guilty to 43 not guilty, with
February2021-02-09The United Arab Emirates' first mission to Mars, known as the Hope Probe, arrivThe United Arab Emirates' first mission to Mars, known as the Hope Probe, arrives at the red planet and successfully enters orbit on its first attempt. The Hope Probe marks the UAE as only the fifth country in history to reach Mars and a first for the Arab world.
February2021-02-10After traveling through space for seven months, China's Tianwen-1 probe successAfter traveling through space for seven months, China's Tianwen-1 probe successfully reaches Mars and enters the planet's orbit.
February2021-02-12The Senate approves legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to CapitolThe Senate approves legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who became a national hero for his actions defending the Senate during the siege of the Capitol on January 6.
February2021-02-12Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori steps down after sexist remarks he madeTokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori steps down after sexist remarks he made about women are leaked to Japanese media.
February2021-02-15Winter storms and freezing temperatures wreak havoc across Texas. On February 1Winter storms and freezing temperatures wreak havoc across Texas. On February 17, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is photographed boarding a flight to Cancun, Mexico, as millions in his home state are without power or water. He returns home the following day after facing fierce criticism on social media.
February2021-02-18Perseverance, NASA's rover, lands on the surface of Mars. The rover has been trPerseverance, NASA's rover, lands on the surface of Mars. The rover has been traveling through space since launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at the end of July 2020.
February2021-02-22The US surpasses 500,000 coronavirus deaths. Biden speaks at a candle lightingThe US surpasses 500,000 coronavirus deaths. Biden speaks at a candle lighting ceremony to mark the grim milestone.
February2021-02-22The Supreme Court clears the way for New York prosecutors to obtain Trump's taxThe Supreme Court clears the way for New York prosecutors to obtain Trump's tax returns, dealing a massive loss to the former president, who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors. The documents will be subject to grand jury secrecy rules that restrict their public rele
February2021-02-23Golfer Tiger Woods suffers serious injuries to both his legs after a single-vehGolfer Tiger Woods suffers serious injuries to both his legs after a single-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday morning in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
February2021-02-23A grand jury votes not to indict any officers in the death of Daniel Prude, a BA grand jury votes not to indict any officers in the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March of last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James announces.
February2021-02-26Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisers vote to recommend tCenters for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisers vote to recommend the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine for the US, and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky almost immediately signs off on the recommendation. It is the first of the three authorized Covid-19 vaccines that come in a single
February2021-02-26The US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is released to theThe US intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is released to the public. The report finds that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill the Saudi journalist. "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an op
March2021-03-01A French court sentences former President Nicolas Sarkozy to three years in priA French court sentences former President Nicolas Sarkozy to three years in prison for corruption and influence peddling, but suspends two years of the sentence. The judge says Sarkozy can serve the sentence by wearing an electronic bracelet at home. Sarkozy's lawyer says he will appeal the ruling.
March2021-03-05Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad, Iraq, for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nPope Francis arrives in Baghdad, Iraq, for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he meets with members of the country's Christian community. The trip is the first-ever papal visit to Iraq.
March2021-03-07Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry's highly anticipated sit-down interMeghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry's highly anticipated sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey airs. Over the course of the two-hour special, the couple is critical of the way Britain's royal institution treated them, and say they had no option but to leave royal life.
March2021-03-11Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 economic reliefBiden signs the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 economic relief package.
March2021-03-12The city of Minneapolis will pay the estate of George Floyd $27 million after tThe city of Minneapolis will pay the estate of George Floyd $27 million after the city council unanimously votes to settle a lawsuit with his family.
March2021-03-15Germany, Italy, Spain and France temporarily halt the rollout of the Oxford-AstGermany, Italy, Spain and France temporarily halt the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over a small number of blood clot concerns. Plans to resume the rollout are announced three days later.
March2021-03-16Eight people, including six Asian women, are shot, and killed at three Atlanta-Eight people, including six Asian women, are shot, and killed at three Atlanta-area spas. The 21-year-old suspect, Robert Aaron Long, is arrested in Crisp County, 150 miles south of Atlanta.
March2021-03-17The Internal Revenue Service delays this year's tax filing deadline by roughlyThe Internal Revenue Service delays this year's tax filing deadline by roughly one month, to May 17.
March2021-03-19Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan is sworn in as the country's firstTanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan is sworn in as the country's first female president, two days after the death of President John Magufuli, one of Africa's most prominent Covid-19 skeptics, was announced.
March2021-03-22Ten people, including a Boulder police officer, are killed in a mass shooting aTen people, including a Boulder police officer, are killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the 21-year-old suspect, faces 10 counts of murder in the first degree.
March2021-03-23The Ever Given, a 224,000-ton vessel, runs aground in the Suez Canal. The resulThe Ever Given, a 224,000-ton vessel, runs aground in the Suez Canal. The resulting traffic jam hinders global oil supplies. The vessel is fully dislodged on March 29.
March2021-03-25Republicans in Georgia pass a sweeping election bill, making it the first presiRepublicans in Georgia pass a sweeping election bill, making it the first presidential battleground state to impose new voting restrictions following Biden's victory. The new law imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local election
March2021-03-30The World Health Organization releases a 120-page report saying the novel coronThe World Health Organization releases a 120-page report saying the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 probably spread to people through an animal, and probably started spreading among humans no more than a month or two before it was noticed in December 2019. A joint statement released by the U
April2021-04-02Major League Baseball announces that this season's All-Star Game and draft willMajor League Baseball announces that this season's All-Star Game and draft will not be held in Atlanta in response to Georgia's recently passed voting laws. On April 6, it is announced the All-Star Game will take place at Coors Field in Denver.
April2021-04-08Biden announces he is directing his administration to tighten restrictions on sBiden announces he is directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns and pistol stabilizing braces that allow the weapons to be used more accurately. The steps - which include nominating a gun control advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explos
April2021-04-09Buckingham Palace announces Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, hBuckingham Palace announces Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 99.
April2021-04-09The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupts.The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupts.
April2021-04-1120-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, is fatally shot by Officer Kim Potter d20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, is fatally shot by Officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. On December 23, Potter is found guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter.
April2021-04-13The CDC and FDA announce they are recommending that the United States pause theThe CDC and FDA announce they are recommending that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over six reported US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot.
April2021-04-15A former employee shoots and kills eight people and wounds several others at aA former employee shoots and kills eight people and wounds several others at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport.
April2021-04-20A jury finds former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all threA jury finds former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges against him in the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin is convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
April2021-04-30The Biden administration announces the United States will restrict travel fromThe Biden administration announces the United States will restrict travel from India starting May 4 in response to the surge of coronavirus cases and variants being observed in the country.
April2021-04-30A stampede breaks out at Israel's Mount Meron, killing at least 45 people and iA stampede breaks out at Israel's Mount Meron, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 150. Worshipers were gathering at the mountain to mark the Lag Ba'Omer holiday, an annual event where participants sing, dance and light fires in homage to second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at
May2021-05-02SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule returns from space and makes a parachute landing iSpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule returns from space and makes a parachute landing in the Gulf of Mexico, returning four astronauts from a record-setting mission to the International Space Station. The astronauts' safe return marks the end to NASA and SpaceX's landmark mission, dubbed Crew-1, which set
May2021-05-03An overpass carrying a subway train collapses in Mexico City, killing at leastAn overpass carrying a subway train collapses in Mexico City, killing at least 26 people, including children, according to local government officials. At least 79 people are hospitalized.
May2021-05-05Facebook's Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension from using its platform.Facebook's Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension from using its platform. The landmark move affirms the company's decision to suspend Trump in January after the US Capitol riots. The decision also applies to Facebook-owned Instagram where he has an account. The board says Facebook must review
May2021-05-07One of the largest US fuel pipelines is paralyzed after a ransomware cyberattacOne of the largest US fuel pipelines is paralyzed after a ransomware cyberattack forces a temporary shutdown of all operations. Colonial Pipeline pays the hacking group that carried out the cyberattack.
May2021-05-08At least 90 people are killed, and more than 150 are injured in an explosion neAt least 90 people are killed, and more than 150 are injured in an explosion near a high school for girls in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The explosion was caused by a car bomb followed by two IED explosions.
May2021-05-10The FDA expands the emergency use authorization for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine tThe FDA expands the emergency use authorization for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine to include people ages 12 to 15. This is the first Covid-19 vaccine in the United States authorized to use in younger teens and adolescents.
May2021-05-12House Republicans vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post after sHouse Republicans vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post after she publicly rejected for months Trump's lie that he won the 2020 presidential election. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is elected as her replacement on May 14.
May2021-05-18New York Attorney General Letitia James' office announces James is joining theNew York Attorney General Letitia James' office announces James is joining the Manhattan district attorney's office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization. Her office's investigation into the Trump Organization, which has been underway since 2019, will also continue as a civil probe.
May2021-05-19The House votes to approve legislation to establish an independent commission tThe House votes to approve legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate the violent insurrection on January 6 at the US Capitol, with 35 Republicans breaking with their party to support the bill.
May2021-05-20Biden signs a bill into law aimed to counter a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes dBiden signs a bill into law aimed to counter a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the coronavirus pandemic.
May2021-05-20The Justice Department confirms the Trump administration secretly sought and obThe Justice Department confirms the Trump administration secretly sought and obtained the 2017 phone and email records of CNN correspondent Barbara Starr, the latest instance where federal prosecutors have taken aggressive steps targeting journalists in leak investigations.
May2021-05-20Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas agree to a ceasefire after moreIsrael and the Palestinian militant group Hamas agree to a ceasefire after more than a week of conflict left hundreds dead. Over 11 days, the Israel Defense Forces carried out a devastating aerial bombardment of Gaza, while the Palestinian military group Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel
May2021-05-23The Wall Street Journal reports on US intelligence report findings that three rThe Wall Street Journal reports on US intelligence report findings that three researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 and were hospitalized, a new detail about the severity of their symptoms that could fuel further debate about the origins of the coronavirus pan
May2021-05-23Ryanair Flight 4978 traveling from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania, is divRyanair Flight 4978 traveling from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania, is diverted shortly before touchdown by Belarusian air traffic control to the capital Minsk over a supposed security alert. Roman Pratasevich, a Belarus opposition activist and passenger on the plane, is arrested as soon as th
May2021-05-25The Senate confirms (51-48) Kristen Clarke as the first woman, and the first woThe Senate confirms (51-48) Kristen Clarke as the first woman, and the first woman of color, to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights division.
May2021-05-26Amazon announces it has made a deal to acquire MGM, the home of James Bond andAmazon announces it has made a deal to acquire MGM, the home of James Bond and one of the most iconic movie studios in Hollywood. The deal, which is valued at $8.45 billion, gives Amazon an extensive library of film and TV shows that is can use to fill out its Prime Video content offerings.
May2021-05-26A gunman opens fire at a public transit rail yard in San Jose, California, killA gunman opens fire at a public transit rail yard in San Jose, California, killing nine Valley Transportation Authority employees before killing himself.
May2021-05-28The Senate fails to advance a bill to create an independent inquiry to investigThe Senate fails to advance a bill to create an independent inquiry to investigate the deadly January 6 Capitol Hill riot. Only six GOP senators vote in support of the bill.
May2021-05-29UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson marries fiancée Carrie Symonds in a secret weddUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson marries fiancée Carrie Symonds in a secret wedding at Westminster Cathedral in London.
May2021-05-31The Chinese government will now allow couples to have three children, accordingThe Chinese government will now allow couples to have three children, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua.
June2021-06-03The Biden administration announces a plan to share the first 25 million Covid-1The Biden administration announces a plan to share the first 25 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world and an overall framework of distributing at least 80 million doses by the end of June. At least 75% of these donated vaccines will be shared with the global vaccination program
June2021-06-04Duchess Meghan gives birth to the couple's second child, a daughter weighing 7Duchess Meghan gives birth to the couple's second child, a daughter weighing 7 lbs., 11 oz. The baby is named Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
June2021-06-13Benjamin Netanyahu loses office for the first time in 12 years after rival NaftBenjamin Netanyahu loses office for the first time in 12 years after rival Naftali Bennett wins a parliamentary vote to form a government.
June2021-06-17Biden signs legislation establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National IndependencBiden signs legislation establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
June2021-06-17China successfully launches three astronauts into space from the Jiuquan SatellChina successfully launches three astronauts into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert. The mission sent the crew to the core module of the planned space station, called Tiangong or "Heavenly Palace," which is still under construction in a low-Earth orbit.
June2021-06-19Ebrahim Raisi wins the presidential election in Iran, securing almost 18 millioEbrahim Raisi wins the presidential election in Iran, securing almost 18 million of the nearly 29 million ballots cast. Overall voter turnout was only 48.8%, the lowest in any presidential election since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
June2021-06-21The Supreme Court rules (9-0) against the NCAA, saying that student athletes caThe Supreme Court rules (9-0) against the NCAA, saying that student athletes can receive education-related payments, in a case that could reshape college sports by allowing more money from a billion-dollar industry to go to players.
June2021-06-21Carl Nassib, a defensive lineman with the Las Vegas Raiders, becomes the firstCarl Nassib, a defensive lineman with the Las Vegas Raiders, becomes the first active NFL player in league history to announce that he is gay.
June2021-06-24A 13-story residential building partially collapses in the South Florida communA 13-story residential building partially collapses in the South Florida community of Surfside, killing 98 people.
June2021-06-24Rudy Giuliani, the former personal lawyer for Trump, is suspended from practiciRudy Giuliani, the former personal lawyer for Trump, is suspended from practicing law in New York by an appellate court that found he made "demonstrably false and misleading statements" about the 2020 election.
June2021-06-25Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street inChauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street in 2020, is sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in prison. Under Minnesota law, Chauvin must serve two-thirds of his sentence, or 15 years -- and then will be eligible for supervised release for the remaining time.
June2021-06-28US cities in the Pacific Northwest, including Portland and Seattle, report theiUS cities in the Pacific Northwest, including Portland and Seattle, report their hottest temperatures on record.
June2021-06-30Bill Cosby is released from prison after Pennsylvania's highest court overturnsBill Cosby is released from prison after Pennsylvania's highest court overturns his 2018 sexual assault conviction, saying the disgraced actor's due process rights were violated.
July2021-07-01New York prosecutors charge the Trump Organization and Trump Payroll CorporatioNew York prosecutors charge the Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corporation with 10 felony counts and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg with 15 felony counts in connection with an alleged tax scheme stretching back to 2005.
July2021-07-02US defense officials report that the last US troops have left Bagram Air Base,US defense officials report that the last US troops have left Bagram Air Base, marking the end of the American presence at the sprawling compound that became the center of military power in Afghanistan.
July2021-07-07Giuliani's law license is suspended in Washington, DC, after he temporarily losGiuliani's law license is suspended in Washington, DC, after he temporarily lost his license in New York for pushing election lies.
July2021-07-08Zaila Avant-garde, 14, becomes the first African American to win the Scripps NaZaila Avant-garde, 14, becomes the first African American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
July2021-07-08Officials announce the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not have spectators, after JapaOfficials announce the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not have spectators, after Japan declares a new state of emergency in Tokyo due to Covid-19.
July2021-07-11Richard Branson becomes the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket heRichard Branson becomes the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket he helped fund. Also on board the supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic, are employees Beth Moses, Colin Bennett and Sirisha Bandla, as well as pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci.
July2021-07-1415 - Catastrophic flooding in western Europe brings two months' worth of rain in15 - Catastrophic flooding in western Europe brings two months' worth of rain in a day. More than 220 people are killed.
July2021-07-20Jeff Bezos goes to space and back on an 11-minute ride aboard the rocket and caJeff Bezos goes to space and back on an 11-minute ride aboard the rocket and capsule system developed by his space company, Blue Origin. Also onboard is Bezos' brother, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pilot and one of the "Mercury 13" women who trained to go to space in the 20th century but
July2021-07-27The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the United States CapitolThe House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol kicks off its first hearing with harrowing testimony from officers who experienced firsthand the violent events of that day at the hands of a pro-Trump mob.
July2021-07-28Simone Biles withdraws from the individual all-around competition at the 2020 TSimone Biles withdraws from the individual all-around competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health, USA Gymnastics announces.
August2021-08-03New York Attorney General Letitia James releases a report that finds New York'sNew York Attorney General Letitia James releases a report that finds New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women and created a "hostile" work environment. On August 10, Cuomo announces he will resign.
August2021-08-09The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases tThe United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the most comprehensive and conclusive report on the "state of the science" on the climate crisis. UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls the report "a code red for humanity," noting that "global heating is affecting
August2021-08-12Twenty-two-year-old Jake Davison shoots and kills five people in the English ciTwenty-two-year-old Jake Davison shoots and kills five people in the English city of Plymouth. It is the deadliest incident of its kind in the area since 2010, when a shooting spree in Cumbria, in northern England, claimed 12 lives.
August2021-08-14A 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti. At least 2,246 people are killed andA 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti. At least 2,246 people are killed and more than 12,763 are injured.
August2021-08-15The Taliban takes control of Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, almost two decaThe Taliban takes control of Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, almost two decades since they were driven out by US troops.
August2021-08-18US health officials and medical experts announce that booster doses of the CoviUS health officials and medical experts announce that booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be offered this fall, subject to authorization from the FDA and sign off from the CDC.
August2021-08-23The FDA grants full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for peopleThe FDA grants full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older, making it the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA.
August2021-08-24Kathy Hochul is sworn in as New York's first female governor, replacing Cuomo,Kathy Hochul is sworn in as New York's first female governor, replacing Cuomo, who resigned amid multiple scandals.
August2021-08-26An explosion takes place outside the Kabul airport as the United States and othAn explosion takes place outside the Kabul airport as the United States and other countries try to evacuate their citizens and Afghans at risk from the Taliban. Thirteen US service members and dozens of Afghan citizens are killed.
August2021-08-29Hurricane Ida makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana. The stormHurricane Ida makes landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana. The storm claims the lives of at least 34 people across Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, destroying businesses and neighborhoods and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands. On August 31, what's left of Ida makes its way to
August2021-08-30General Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, announces the lastGeneral Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, announces the last US military planes have left Afghanistan. The departure marks the end of a fraught, chaotic and bloody exit from the United States' longest war.
September2021-09-01A controversial Texas law that bans abortions at six weeks goes into effect aftA controversial Texas law that bans abortions at six weeks goes into effect after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court fail to rule on pending emergency requests brought by abortion providers.
September2021-09-03An ISIS supporter is killed by New Zealand police after stabbing seven people iAn ISIS supporter is killed by New Zealand police after stabbing seven people in a supermarket in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn.
September2021-09-07Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously rules that penalizing abortion is unconstituMexico's Supreme Court unanimously rules that penalizing abortion is unconstitutional, in a decision expected to set a precedent for the legal status of abortion nationwide.
September2021-09-13North Korea claims it successfully test-fired new long-range cruise missiles, aNorth Korea claims it successfully test-fired new long-range cruise missiles, according to the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
September2021-09-17A United States military investigation into an August drone strike in Kabul finA United States military investigation into an August drone strike in Kabul finds that it killed 10 civilians, and the driver of the vehicle targeted was likely not a threat associated with ISIS-K, McKenzie announces at the Pentagon.
September2021-09-22The FDA announces it has granted authorization for emergency use of a booster dThe FDA announces it has granted authorization for emergency use of a booster dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine in people ages 65 and older, people at high risk of severe disease and people whose jobs put them at risk of infection.
September2021-09-26Germany's left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) narrowly wins the largestGermany's left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) narrowly wins the largest share of parliamentary seats following the federal election. Both the SPD and the conservative Christian Democratic Union with its coalition partner, the Christian Social Union, have said they want to begin coalition neg
September2021-09-27A jury finds R&B singer R. Kelly guilty on a total of nine counts - one count oA jury finds R&B singer R. Kelly guilty on a total of nine counts - one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that include sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and sex trafficking charges, and also eight additional counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law.
October2021-10-03The identity of the Facebook whistleblower who released tens of thousands of paThe identity of the Facebook whistleblower who released tens of thousands of pages of internal research and documents indicating the company was aware of various problems caused by its apps, is revealed on "60 Minutes" as Frances Haugen. On October 5, Haugen testifies before a Senate subcommittee.
October2021-10-04Fumio Kishida takes office as the new prime minister of Japan.Fumio Kishida takes office as the new prime minister of Japan.
October2021-10-07The Senate Judiciary Committee releases a sweeping report about how Trump and aThe Senate Judiciary Committee releases a sweeping report about how Trump and a top lawyer in the Justice Department attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
October2021-10-13Ninety-year-old William Shatner, who gained fame portraying Captain Kirk on theNinety-year-old William Shatner, who gained fame portraying Captain Kirk on the original "Star Trek," grazes the edge of outer space onboard the New Shepard spacecraft, developed by Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin. He is the oldest person to go to space. With him are three crewmates.
October2021-10-13Five people are killed and three are injured in a bow and arrow attack in the NFive people are killed and three are injured in a bow and arrow attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg. A 37-year-old Danish citizen is arrested and charged.
October2021-10-14Vaccine advisers to the FDA vote unanimously to recommend emergency use authoriVaccine advisers to the FDA vote unanimously to recommend emergency use authorization of a booster dose of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine.
October2021-10-15The White House announces that foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated againsThe White House announces that foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel to the United States starting on November 8.
October2021-10-15Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration vote unanimously to recVaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration vote unanimously to recommend people receive a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine at least two months after their first dose.
October2021-10-16Seventeen missionaries from the United States and Canada, some of them minors,Seventeen missionaries from the United States and Canada, some of them minors, are kidnapped in Haiti, according to the organization Christian Aid Ministries. On October 19, a top Haitian official tells CNN that the gang that kidnapped the missionaries is asking for $1 million each for their releas
October2021-10-28A criminal complaint alleging forcible touching, a sex crime, is filed againstA criminal complaint alleging forcible touching, a sex crime, is filed against Cuomo in Albany, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by CNN.
October2021-10-28Mark Zuckerberg announces that Facebook will change its corporate name to Meta,Mark Zuckerberg announces that Facebook will change its corporate name to Meta, effectively demoting Facebook's namesake service to being one of the company's subsidiaries, alongside Instagram and WhatsApp, rather than the overarching brand.
October2021-10-29The US Food and Drug Administration issues emergency use authorization for PfizThe US Food and Drug Administration issues emergency use authorization for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11. This is the first Covid-19 vaccine authorized in the United States for younger children. On November 2, Walensky announces she is endorsing a recommendation to vaccinate childr
November2021-11-05Congress passes a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill after months ofCongress passes a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill after months of internal deliberations. On November 15, Biden signs the bill into law.
November2021-11-08The United States reopens its borders to vaccinated international travelers, enThe United States reopens its borders to vaccinated international travelers, ending a 20-month travel ban. Fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries -- including the United Kingdom and much of Europe -- can now enter without needing to quarantine, provided they have proof of vaccination and a ne
November2021-11-08Four astronauts splash down off the coast of Florida aboard the SpaceX Crew DraFour astronauts splash down off the coast of Florida aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, capping off their six-month stay in space.
November2021-11-10A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts launches atop a Falcon 9A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying four astronauts launches atop a Falcon 9 rocket, marking the kickoff of SpaceX's fifth crewed mission to orbit. This mission, called Crew-3, is the fourth mission in a partnership between SpaceX and NASA to make routine trips to the ISS in order to keep the 21-
November2021-11-12A Los Angeles judge terminates Britney Spears' 13-year conservatorship.A Los Angeles judge terminates Britney Spears' 13-year conservatorship.
November2021-11-18Two men convicted of the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, Muhammad A. Aziz andTwo men convicted of the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, Muhammad A. Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, are exonerated after more than half a century. A 22-month investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and attorneys for the men found that evidence of their innocence, including FBI d
November2021-11-19Biden temporarily transfers power to Harris while he is under anesthesia for aBiden temporarily transfers power to Harris while he is under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy. Harris becomes the first woman to hold presidential power.
November2021-11-19Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and shot another during unKyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and shot another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is acquitted of first-degree intentional homicide and four other felony charges.
November2021-11-21Six people are killed and more than 60 are injured when an SUV plows into a ChrSix people are killed and more than 60 are injured when an SUV plows into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Police later identify the suspect as Darrell E. Brooks Jr.
November2021-11-24Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan Jr. are all found guiltyTravis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan Jr. are all found guilty of murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
November2021-11-24Three German political parties seal a deal for a new government, with left-leanThree German political parties seal a deal for a new government, with left-leaning Olaf Scholz set to become the next chancellor, following lengthy coalition negotiations and a historic election that sees Angela Merkel stepping down after 16 years at the helm.
November2021-11-30Ethan Crumbley, 15, allegedly opens fire, killing four students and injuring seEthan Crumbley, 15, allegedly opens fire, killing four students and injuring seven others at Oxford High School in Michigan. Crumbley is charged as an adult with terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts
December2021-12-01The United States' first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant is iThe United States' first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant is identified in California.
December2021-12-04At least 14 people are dead and hundreds are displaced after Mount Semeru, a voAt least 14 people are dead and hundreds are displaced after Mount Semeru, a volcano in Indonesia's East Java province, erupts.
December2021-12-06Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi is sentenced to four years in prisonMyanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi is sentenced to four years in prison on charges of incitement and breaking Covid-19 rules, in the first verdict against the Nobel Peace Prize winner since the military seized power in February. Her sentence is then reduced to two years by the country's mili
December2021-12-1011 - More than 100 people are feared dead after a series of tornadoes rips throu11 - More than 100 people are feared dead after a series of tornadoes rips through several states in the Midwest and South.
December2021-12-15The United States surpasses 800,000 Covid-19 deaths.The United States surpasses 800,000 Covid-19 deaths.
December2021-12-16Super Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, makes landfall in the Philippines,Super Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, makes landfall in the Philippines, killing at least 389 people.
December2021-12-29A jury in a New York federal court finds Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of siA jury in a New York federal court finds Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004.