2020 Current Events Study Guide

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The Masked Singer was in a May 2019 clue and on this year's Eastern test. Here is who has been exposed on Season 3 so far including tonight's 3/11 unmasking:
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Robot: Lil Wayne
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Miss Monster: Chaka Khan
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Add March Madness to the list of events claimed by the coronavirus. Damnit.

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-baske ... oronavirus
The NCAA has called off its men's and women's basketball tournaments as part of a complete cancellation of all remaining spring and winter championships.

"This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," the NCAA said in a statement Thursday.

The announcement is an abrupt end to a basketball season that had less than a month to go before champions were to be crowned.

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Coronavirus has also taken out Disneyland, closing for only the fourth time in history
https://news.avclub.com/disneyland-has- ... 1842299264
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According to multiple sources, Tom Brady is expected to be the new quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL season.

He will be leaving the New England Patriots, for whom he has played his entire 20 year career thus far, and has won 6 Super Bowls in 9 appearances, both records.
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Not all sports have been cancelled:
Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on Wednesday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alas ... SKBN2151IL

(I mean, yeah, they'll probably ask about this, but nothing more difficult than "Iditarod"...just feel like I had to throw something on the embers...)
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Volante wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:32 am
Not all sports have been cancelled:
Norwegian musher Thomas Waerner won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early on Wednesday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alas ... SKBN2151IL

(I mean, yeah, they'll probably ask about this, but nothing more difficult than "Iditarod"...just feel like I had to throw something on the embers...)
Bull riding still happened to an empty arena
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They won't ask what I want them to ask on this, but hope springs eternal:

https://gizmodo.com/fossil-reveals-wond ... 1842395362
“We report a new crown bird from the Late Cretaceous of Belgium,” the authors declare in the new study. “The fossil is between 66.8 and 66.7 million years old—making it the oldest unambiguous crown bird fossil yet discovered—and provides important insight into the extent of Mesozoic neornithine diversification before the end-Cretaceous mass-extinction event, 66.02 million years ago.”

The researchers who analyzed the fossil, a team led by paleontologist Daniel Field from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, have dubbed it “Wonderchicken,”
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"Here are 20 titles to pass the time while you are social distancing" by Barbara VanDenburgh: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-galler ... 075269002/

It's worth a look as the J! writers will hit upon some of these at some point. Several already have mentions in this thread.

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Kenny Rogers (the singer, not the baseball player) has died at the age of 81.

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Canada becomes the first major country to pull out of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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The Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021. (according to one IOC member)
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Peachbox wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:38 pm
The Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed until 2021.
Note that this is just a statement from a single IOC member (and Dick Pound seems to always make his opinion known on contentious issues like these). Although the most recent official statements from the IOC and TOCOG (the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee) have begun to acknowledge the possibility of a postponement, both bodies have said that any definitive decision on the matter would be made about four weeks from now.
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True, Pound is...opinionated. Original post amended.

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An official joint statement by the IOC and TOCOG was released this morning. Tokyo 2020 will be postponed.

https://www.olympic.org/news/joint-stat ... -committee
In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.
Whenever the Games happen, they will still be called "Tokyo 2020".
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Playwright Terrence McNally has died at 81 due to complications from COVID-19. McNally won 4 Tony awards - two for books for musicals, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993) and “Ragtime” (1998), and two for plays, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (1995) and “Master Class” (1996)

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We may need a whole thread on renowned Covid-19 deaths, sadly enough.

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After exhaustive research, the mystery of the Triscuit name has been solved. Nope, that one Final Jeopardy was wrong.
It means Electricity Biscuit

https://thetakeout.com/twitter-solves-t ... 1842509936

Cabin fever levels are also reaching unprecedented highs.
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Tiger King on Netflix and Zoom for video conferencing were unknown to me earlier this month while in the past week they've pinged my radar many times. Be ready.

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Colorado is changing Columbus Day to Cabrini Day, honoring Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.
In addition, this is the first paid state holiday in the US honoring a woman

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/us/color ... index.html
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The new dates for Tokyo 2020 have been announced. The opening ceremony will be July 23, 2021, and the closing ceremony August 8. (The original dates were July 24-August 9, 2020). The Paralympics will run August 24-September 5, 2021.

Among other events, the World Athletics Championships, originally scheduled for 2021, will move to 2022. (Other major sporting events still yet unconfirmed but likely to move are the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships.)

https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stori ... -revealed/
https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles ... -new-dates
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