World events scheduled for January
January 1, 2020 - January 31, 2020 - The World Agenda gives a preview of world events scheduled in January. Events include Boeing’s suspension of 737 MAX production, Britain’s exit from the EU, and presidential elections in Taiwan. Alejandro Giammattei is sworn in as president of Guatemala, Ethiopia and Egypt hold talks about sharing Nile River water and world leaders mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. China’s Year of the Rat begins, and CBS launches the new “Star Trek: Picard” series.
Jan 2, U.S.: Boeing is to suspend production of its 737 MAX jet, its biggest assembly-line halt in more than 20 years, as fallout from two fatal crashes drags into 2020. The stoppage is likely to affect suppliers and the wider economy
Jan 14, Guatemala: Alejandro Giammattei (right) is sworn in as president. He pledged to grow the economy and reduce unemployment so that Guatemalans are not forced to attempt to migrate to the U.S.
Jan 15, U.S.: Talks between the foreign ministers of Ethiopia and Egypt in Washington DC aim to agree on how Nile River water will be shared once the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is functional
Jan 22, Taiwan: Tsai Ing-wen, who takes a hard line against China, is bidding for a second term as president. Her support for the protests in Hong Kong and Beijing’s overt efforts to thwart her bid have boosted her standing in pre-election polls
Jan 22, U.S.: Patrick Stewart reprises his Star Trek role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new CBS series. Star Trek: Picard chronicles the next chapter of the retired Starfleet admiral’s life
Jan 25, China: The Year of the Rat, the first of 12 animals on the Chinese zodiac, begins. People born under the Rat sign are said to be quick-witted and resourceful
Jan 27, Poland: Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1945, and world leaders are expected to attend 75th anniversary commemorations both here and in Israel
Jan 31, UK: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s clear election majority handed him the mandate he needs to ratify his Brexit deal and take Britain out of the European Union on this date