January ‘Free Harry and Meg!’ Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia on Jan. 2. Thousands of tourists fled Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south. (Robert Oerlemans/AP) Kobe Bryant, who was an 18-time all-star during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26. (Mark J. Terrill/AP) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tears up her advanced copy of President Trump's State of the Union address Feb. 4. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) February ‘A dozen people could spark thousands of infections’ People wearing masks attend a Feb. 7 vigil in Hong Kong for Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who was reprimanded for warning about the outbreak of the coronavirus. (Kin Cheung/AP) Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman throws to first base on Aug. 19. The Astros were punished by Major League Baseball this year for sign-stealing. (David Zalubowski/AP) March ‘Too little and too late’ Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks to voters at East Los Angeles College on March 2. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Jodi Beder plays music on her cello from her front porch in Mount Rainier on March 25.
(Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) In March, Sam Creighton, 27, was laid off after nearly three years at a company that helps travelers get visas to China. (Philip Cheung for The Washington Post) April ‘This virus is relentless and unforgiving’ A man leans out the window on Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy and bangs together pot lids to show his support for those in the front lines fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. (Mark Lennihan/AP) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives with his family after winning the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post) Mourners light candles at a May 15 vigil to commemorate a protestor who died last year during a rally against the controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) Protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post) June ‘I’m weeping tears of joy’ Protesters march on Pennsylvania Avenue NW toward the White House as part of a Black Lives Matter demonstration on June 6. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Joseph Fons holding a pride flag, runs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 15, after the court ruled that a federal law banning workplace discrimination also covers sexual orientation.
(Tom Brenner/Reuters) July ‘Make good trouble into law’ Eleanor Mire, right, at the home of Mary Van Der Zee her great, great, great grandmother who was enslaved in Coxsackie, N.Y. Mire, a direct descendant of enslaved people from upstate New York came to Coxsackie to do further research on her ancestors.
(Nicky Woo for The Washington Post) Former president Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/AP) August ‘COVID didn’t get her, but the isolation did’ Joe Biden introduces Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his presidential running mate on Aug. 12. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Dena Ducane, and her mother, Rhoda Dobrovich, look through a photo album in Ducane's home in Santa Fe on July 2. Dobrovich, who struggles with Alzheimers disease, was living in a facility in Santa Fe before Ducane saw that her mother's health was rapidly deteriorating because of the home's distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mary Mathis for The Washington Post) September ‘Godspeed, Justice Ginsburg’ Demonstrators gather at the U.S. Department of Justice on Sept. 23 before marching to the White House in a call for justice for Breonna Taylor, who was killed by a member of the Louisville Police Department during a middle-of-the-night raid of Taylor's apartment. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state at the Capitol on September 25. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) October ‘Perhaps there is good coming out of this nightmare’ President Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2 en route to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, after testing positive for the coronavirus. (Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post) This 2015 photo shows George Floyd, second from right, with friends in Houston. (Nijalon Dunn/Resurrection Houston) Thurmond Guess bumps elbows with another voter outside of the Richland County Voter Registration and Elections Office on the first day of in-person absentee voting on Oct. 5 in Columbia, S.C. (Sean Rayford for The Washington Post) Herman the 12-foot skeleton stands quite tall among his fellow skeletons in Middletown, Md. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) November ‘Spontaneous joy and exuberance!’ People celebrate Joe Biden being named president-elect at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Nov. 7. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Trump is seen in the lower press office after finishing speaking to reporters in the briefing room of the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) December ‘Maybe, the tide is starting to turn’ Arriving patients are evaluated on Dec. 14 in what had been the Emergency Department lobby at St. Mary Medical Center
in Apple Valley, Calif.
(Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Biden introduces his cabinet member nominees, including Antony Blinken for secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, Alejandro Mayorkas for homeland security secretary, Avril Haines for director of national intelligence, John Kerry as special presidential envoy for climate, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post) Police escort a UPS truck carrying Moderna's coronavirus vaccine as it arrives in Louisville on Dec. 20. (Michael Clevenger) Explore previous years in comments: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 Editing by Tessa Muggeridge and Ryan Kellett. Copy editing by Missy Khamvongsa. Photo editing by Dee Swann. Design and development by Leo Dominguez.