On this day December 13-19, 2020 (week 51) infographic
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On this day December 13-19, 2020 (week 51)

December 13, 2020 - December 19, 2020 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the world’s coral reefs, the World Trade Centre in New York City, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Arab Spring, deep mining in Europe, and the Japanese Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

December 13, 2000: Maritime experts predicted that up to 70% of the world’s coral reefs could be destroyed by 2050 due to global warming, pollution, fishing and coastal development

December 14, 1970: The first tenants moved into the newly constructed twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. At that time they were the tallest buildings in the world

December 15, 2000: The last reactor at Chernobyl was officially shut down, almost 15 years after an explosion spread a radioactive cloud over Europe in the world’s worst nuclear disaster

December 16, 1990: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a Catholic priest, won a decisive victory in Haiti’s first democratic presidential election in 200 years of independence

December 17, 2010: A Tunisian street vendor set fire to himself in protest at official harassment. His act became a catalyst for revolution in Tunisia and the wider Arab Spring

December 18, 2015: The closure of Kellingley Colliery ended centuries of deep coal mining in Britain. At its height it employed 2,000 people and was the biggest deep mine in Europe

December 19, 960: Japan began reconstructing the Imperial Palace in Kyoto after it was damaged by fire. The present day structure is a near-replica of the palace from this period

PUBLISHED: 01/12/2020; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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