A look back in our rear-view mirror: The stories that mattered most in the past 12 months

Read all 10 Top Ten in our print edition of December 31, 2020


Page One of Caprock Courier, April 9, 2020

Page One of Caprock Courier, April 9, 2020

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Last December, no thoughts of plagues or murder hornets had entered our collective consciousness. The shock of losing basektball great Kobe Bryant and his daughter in a tragic plane crash was still fresh by the time JLo performed at the Super Bowl. Then actor Tom Hanks announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The month of March seemed to last years on its own. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency for all Texas counties. Covid-19 infections exploded worldwide, and Australia and California caught fire. John Lewis, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Alex Trebeck died. 

American astronauts arrived at the space station, carbon dioxide emissions declined, and Taco Bell got rid of the Quesarito. Drive-in theaters and board games made a comeback across the U.S. and in July Disney released Broadway’s interesting take on Alexander Hamilton. The 2020 Toilet Paper Shortage was met with bidet advertisements on every social media platform.

The UK officially left the European Union, and the US held a Census and an election in a time of racial unrest and lockdown protests. Kanye West ran for president and New Kids on the Block made a new dance video.

After a year like 2020, the New Year’s Eve toast may never be the same. Nevertheless, it is a time to reflect on the events that led to this moment of renewal. 

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