Records of all kinds were smashed across the board in 2020. Meteorologists recorded a temperature of 54.4 degrees Celsius in California’s Death Valley in August—likely the hottest ever measured on the planet. Antarctica saw a high of 20.75°C , the first time to break the 20°C barrier.
South Korean boyband BTS made history with first non-English song to top the US Billboard chart. The most expensive racing pigeon was sold for $1.9 million in China. Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei broke the 10,000m track world record in October with a time of 26 mins 11 seconds. In August, he had shattered the much-vaunted 5,000m world record that had stood for 16 years.
Half of the planet was locked down in March after the Covid-19 virus was detected, but the longest lockdown took place in Buenos Aires, with 234 days. In the UK, John Griffin climbed 8,850 vertical meters — the height of Mount Everest — on the stairs of his three-story home while in lockdown over a period of just four days. The craziest climb was intended to raise money for charity.