Our list of the top 10 things that happened this year besides the obvious COVID.

by Jeff Thomas

10.  LSU’s Championship run

Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, Clyde Edwards Elaire, Patrick Queen led one of the greatest football teams in college history. The championship game victory made this the best played football season of any college team ever.

9. Kobe Bryant killed

Taking a helicopter ride with his daughter and others, Kobe Bryant died after the copter crashed into a mountain on a foggy morning.  One of the greatest basketball players ever, Bryant had just embarked upon a life outside of sports.


8 Murder of Ahmad Arbery coming to light

White supremacists decided a black man should not e allowed to jog in their neighborhood.  They chased him down and executed him in cold blood on the street.  Their crimes went uninvestigated for months.  This sparked even greater outrage. 

 7 Death of George Floyd

We all saw George Floyd’s murder.  Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck and suffocated him without mercy.  Floyd’s death spared worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.

6. Death of Breonna Taylor

Louisville police shot Taylor while executing a no knock warrant.  These warrants are almost solely used in Black neighborhoods. They provide the police cover when they shoot occupants of the homes they invade. 

5. Trump ignoring evidence of the COVID risks

President Donald Trump knew of the risks of the oncoming pandemic.  Trump ignored these dire warnings and put Americans’ lives at risk.  Since then millions of people have been infected. Hundreds of thousands have died. 

4. Democratic primary challengers

The most diverse group of real contenders battled to become the Democratic Party nominee for president. The group proffered a chorus of new ideas to improve the country. The diversity of thought helped eventual nominee Joe Biden develop a comprehensive plan to defeat Trump. 

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 13: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attends a post-midterm election meeting of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in the Kennedy Caucus Room at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Politicians believed to be considering a run for the 2020 Democratic party nomination, including Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), addressed the network meeting as well as House members vying for leadership positions. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

3. Kamala Harris named VP nominee – then winning

A woman who identifies as African American and has served as a state Attorney General and US Senator not only became the VP on a major ticket in American politics, but actually helped push the ticket to victory.  The US now has its’ first woman VP who also happens to be African American.

2. The challenges of virtual learning and work

During the latest pandemic in history, Americans have shifted to online distance learning and work.  The challenges to educational systems is unparalleled and completely unknown.  Many children simply do not have the bandwidth (literally and figuratively) to successfully navigate the new world.  Businesses also face the challenges going virtual.  Some are able to adapt while others are forced to close permanently.

1. Cedric Richmond named a senior advisor to the President

Louisiana has a native son in one of the most powerful positions in the country. In Congress Republicans blocked the Democrat Richmond. Now he can parlay his influence into meaningful legislation that benefits all Americans and New Orleanians. 

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