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Seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and in some ways egged on by Donald Trump, a huge mob stormed the United States Capitol on 6 January. Five people reportedly died in the chaos while many more were injured.
As the year continues, more and more people are arrested over their involvement.
The third national lockdown continues in the UK as the rest of the world faces strict Covid restrictions
In January, with covid cases rising in the UK, prime minister Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown while other countries in the world faced similar restrictions.
In a bid to beat the virus and reduce the need for restrictions, countries started rolling out vaccines among the adult population and as the year went on more groups became eligible for the jab.
Elsewhere in March, the police were criticised for their heavy-handed response to women attending a vigil in Clapham Common, London to mark the tragic killing of Sarah Everard. At the time, gatherings were prohibited due to Covid rules and police flooded the bandstand in the park, encouraging people to disperse.
No picture told the story more than this image of one of the vigil’s attendees, Patsy Stevenson who was pinned down by police and given a £200 fine. She is taking legal action against the force for the arrest and the fine.
An independent investigation into the force’s decisions on the evening of the vigil, commissioned by home secretary Priti Patel said the police “acted appropriately” but a parliamentary inquiry later in the year said police breached “fundamental rights” at the vigil.
‘Kill the Bill’ protests turn violent
Also in March and April, people gathered to protest against the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill. The bill, which is still moving through parliament, is controversial as it will allow the police to place more conditions on peaceful protests and many public figures have condemned it.
The Queen sits alone during Prince Philip’s funeralGetty Images
In April, Prince Philip died aged 99. A photo of the Queen sitting alone at his funeral - due to coronavirus restrictions that were in the place at the time - tugged at the nations' heartstrings as we were reminded of all the people who had delayed or virtual funerals for their loved ones due to the pandemic.
Dominic Cummings savages the UK government as he gives evidence on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic
CCTV footage of Matt Hancock kissing his aide triggers his resignation
But it is safe to say things went from bad to worse for Hancock when the Sun published images then CCTV footage of him kissing his aide Gina Colandelago in May, at a time in which social distancing measures were in place.
Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi both win gold in the men’s high jump at the Tokyo Olympics
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Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi shared a gold medal with grace, after they both jumped 2.37m in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The summer games had been scheduled to take place in 2020 but were rescheduled because of... you know what.
Overall, the United States topped the medal count by both total golds (39) and total medals (113), and China finished second by both respects (38 and 88). Host nation Japan finished third, setting a record for the most gold medals and total medals ever won by their country at an Olympic Games with 27 and 58. Great Britain finished fourth, with a total of 22 gold and 65 medals,
People flee Kabul as Afghanistan falls to the Taliban
In August, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan after the Taliban stormed the capital Kabul and seized his palace. The Taliban took control of Jalalabad and seized every city in the country, creating fear about the kind of regime they would implement.
While Raducanu was smashing it at tennis, protests began in London, Manchester and Birmingham by a group called Insulate Britain who want the government to provide insulation for 29 million homes
The group sat down on roads and refused to budge to get their message across, but the controversial tactics didn’t exactly win hearts and minds given that they blocked people from getting to work, school and even ambulances.
Regardless, the protestors said they were acting for the greater good.
Richard Ratcliffe embarks on 21-day hunger strike to free his wife Nazanin
Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (Aaron Chown/PA)PA Wire
In October, husband of the detained British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe embarked on a 21-day hunger strike outside the Foreign Office to pressure the government to free his wife.
She was then sentenced to another year after her release earlier this year for “spreading propaganda against the regime” and while she has remained on parole at her parent’s home in Tehran, there are concerns that she could be sent back to prison as a result of this latest sentencing.
Ratcliffe’s strike attracted the support of politicians but he ended it fearing for his health.
Politicians pay their respects at David Amess’ funeral
It was reported that a man entered the room and stabbed him several times. A week later, Ali Harbi Ali, 25, was charged with murder as part of an investigation led by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command. He will stand trial next year.
During his funeral, fellow MPs and other public figures paid their respects to the politician.
World leaders meet in Glasgow for Cop26 climate summit
In November, world leaders attended Cop26 to make global progress with the fight against climate change.
While they came to some key agreements, the conference was overshadowed by images of world leaders appearing to fall asleep, cringey speeches and geography mishaps.
Never mind, there’s always Cop27.
People die crossing the Channel
In November, 27 people sadly died by drowning after a small boat capsized in the Channel on the way to Britain.
Two people were saved from the water and the French authorities arrested five suspected people traffickers in connection with the incident, while the regional prosecutor opened an investigation into aggravated manslaughter.
Numerous people called for the PM to resign and the Tory party and his personal ratings tumbles in the polls, though he insisted he broke no rules. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police said it would not be investigating the matter due to “a lack of evidence” and a policy stopping it from looking into past events.