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Friday, January 24, 2020, 17:52
Year of the Pig major events in cartoons
By Zhang Zhouxiang and Yang Ran
Friday, January 24, 2020, 17:52 By Zhang Zhouxiang and Yang Ran

The Year of the Pig has come to an end, and China Daily summarizes the major events that happened in each month and presents them in cartoon.


  • On Feb 5, The Wandering Earth was released, marking the start of China's science fiction film industry.

  • On Feb 19, the Beijing Film Academy canceled actor Zhai Tianlin's PhD.


  • On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight crashed six minutes after takeoff, which killed all 157 people on board.

  • On March 15, a gunman attacked two Christchurch mosques killing 50 people and injuring 50.


  • On April 10, the first ever photo of a black hole was published.

  • On April 16, Notre Dame was gutted by fire.


  • On May 1, the new Japanese Emperor took over from his father.

  • On May 24, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation.


  • On June 6, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology officially issued a commercial license for 5G technology

  • On June 30, US president Donald Trump stepped into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.


  • On July 13, the peony was selected as China's national flower via a popular vote.

  • On July 18, Brendt Christensen, who was accused of having killed visiting Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying in the US, was sentenced to life imprisonment without any chance of parole.


  • On Aug 9, domestic telecommunication giant Huawei released its own operating system Harmony.

  • On Aug 31, the animated movie Ne Zha reached No 2 on China's all-time box office list.


  • On Sept 24, China's high-speed railway network was reported to have exceeded 30,000 kilometers in length, making it world champion.

  •  On Sept 29, the Chinese national volleyball team won the world cup for the 11 successive time.


  • On Oct 1, a parade was held in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.


  • On Nov 11, the business volume of Single's Day reached 10 billion yuan (US$1.45 billion) within 96 seconds.

  • On Nov 27, Canadian-Chinese actor Godfrey Gao died from heart attack while filming a reality TV show, which prompted nationwide awareness about first-aid.


  • On Dec 8, Li Ziqi, a livestreamer of traditional Chines food culture with 27 million followers globally aroused much discussion about cultural exports.

  • Starting on Dec 30, some pneumonia cases were found in Wuhan, which was later confirmed to be caused by a new coronavirus.

January 2020

  • On Jan 3, the US killed Iranian general Qassam Soleimani, which led to heightened bilateral tensions.

  • On Jan 14, China and the US signed an initial economic and trade pact.

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