Year In Malta - 2020

Year In Malta - 2020

A lot happened in Malta in 2020

These are the stories that got us talking throughout the year.

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January

Danita Camilleri (@onechickandayorkie) gives birth to a baby boy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their plan to step back as senior members of the Royal Family

89.7 Bay is crowned Malta's number 1...again!

Robert Abela wins PL leadership election

Academy Awards nominations announced as Joker receives 11 nominations including 'Best Picture'

Robert Abela sworn in as Malta's new Prime Minister

Malta's new cabinet revealed

Police Commissioner resigns

PM's daughter reveals his nickname

President's Solidarity Fun Run draws in the crowds

Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Billie Eilish breaks records at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

UK formally withdraws from the EU on the 31st at midnight

February

Maltese actor George Micallef passes away

Malta leads the world for gay rights, according to ILGA Europe

Pete Buttigieg takes the lead in the first vote for the US candidacy

Eddie Izzard reaches Malta as part of massive global marathon challenge

Destiny wins X Factor as Malta rises in Eurovision odds

Parasite wins Best Picture & Best International Film, a first in Academy Award history

Pope Francis' visit to Malta is made official

Tamara Webb announces pregnancy!

Love Island host, Caroline Flack, dies

Our Ylenia meets the Jonas Brothers

Postal services from China are cancelled

Ben Camille & Xtina announce they are expecting their second child

Jake Vella wins SportMalta's People's Choice Award

Thermal screening for incoming flights from Italy is launched, following rise in cases

Bulk-buying mania hits Malta!

March

Pete Buttigieg announces that he is withdrawing from the race to the White House

Miriam Pace dies as her residence collapsed due to an accident at a construction site nearby

First COVID-19 case reported in Malta

Destiny's would-be Eurovision entry is released

Coachella is postponed for the first-time ever

The World Health Organisation officially declares the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic

Mega Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for sex crimes

Malta introduces more precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory quarantine and closure of educational institutions

Pfizer signs deal with BioNtech to work on a COVID-19 vaccine

UEFA postpones Euro 2020

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is cancelled, as is Glastonbury

Malta announces suspension of all inbound flights

€1.8bn financial aid package announced by Malta's government

Further measures announced in Malta as shops and outlets are ordered to close, and most start working from home

Pope Francis' Malta visit gets postponed

€10,000 fine for violation of self-isolation announced

All of Malta's Summer 2020 village festas are cancelled

Vulnerable persons are ordered to stay indoors

Wuhan, where COVID-19 started, gradually lifts its restrictive measures

Tamara Webb reveals she is having a baby girl!

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are postponed to 2021

Further measures announced - this time, about traveling to Gozo

April

Festivals Malta cancels Malta's Summer Carnival

England's Premier League is suspended indefinitely

"Ain't No Sunshine" legend, Bill Withers, dies

UK PM Boris Johnson hospitalised with COVID-19

First Maltese person, a 92-year old woman, dies of COVID-19

Mater Dei Hospital suspends visiting hours

YouTube's first-ever video turns 15

Worldwide COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000,000

One of Malta's oldest and most iconic toyshops, closes its Valletta shutters

Veteran broadcaster Joyce Guillaumier passes away

Malta extends flight suspension till the end of May

May

The return of the Bay Music Awards is announced

Easing of lockdown measures across Europe, including Malta, as commercial outlets reopen

UEFA announces Champions League provisional programme

Malta's coronavirus government spending package is ranked as the best by Columbia University

Disneyland reopens in Shanghai

Local catering entrepreneur Elia Borg Bonaci passes away

The winners of the 2020 BMAs are announced

Bundesliga in Germany resumes, becoming the first major sports league to continue after the COVID-19 "break"

End of an era, as Prof Charmaine Gauci brings her daily briefings to an end

Maltese doctor chosen as director for the World Health Organisation

Hair salons, nail technicians, pools and hotels are among the businesses which are allowed to reopen

Visiting hours at St Vincent de Paule and other homes for the elderly resume

Floriana FC are declared winners of the 2019/2020 BOV Premier League

George Floyd is murdered in the USA, sparking a series of protests in the US and across the world, as well as the start of the BLM movement

J.K. Rowling releases her first non-HP children's book 'The Ickabog'

Serie A announces 20th June return

Malta's COVID-19 efforts are praised by the Commonwealth's Secretary General on Bay Chats

June

The reopening of Malta's Airport is announced with flights from 19 countries allowed as from July

Malta announces lifting of final set of COVID-19 restrictive measures

Malta becomes the 2nd EU country to declare a "win" over coronavirus

Celine Dion's Malta concert is postponed to 2021

Restoration of Queen Elizabeth's former Malta home is announced

New Zealand declares itself COVID-19-free

Cabinet nominates Angelo Gafa for the post of Police Commissioner

Government announces €900m economic regeneration plan

English language schools announce reopening plans

The new PS5 is finally revealed

The Crowns' lead singer, Victorio, and his wife welcome their third child

Bayern Munich seal 8th consecutive Bundesliga title

UK Premier League returns

UEFA announces resuming of competitions in August

89.7 Bay is crowned Malta's number 1 radio station...again

Napoli win Coppa Italia 2019/2020

The voice of the war, Dame Vera Lynn, dies, aged 103

Trailer for Sette Giugno movie featuring Hollywood legends finally drops!

Neil Agius starts 95km swim from Sicily to Malta to raise awareness on sea pollution, for Wave of Change Malta

Liverpool are crowned Premier League champions, after 30 years

Ira Losco announces pregnancy, as Harry is set to be promoted to big brother

July

Malta reopens its airport for tourists

Maltese COVID-19 mural named as one of the best around the globe

Kanye West announces his intention to run for President of the United States of America

One of the world's biggest movie-soundtrack geniuses, Ennio Morricone, dies, aged 91

The first edition of Malta's Got Talent is announced

Dylan wins Liquorish 2020

Valletta salutes one of its iconic coffee shops

Malta is awarded the Cultural Getaway of the Year 2020

Manchester City's UEFA two-year ban is lifted by the Court of arbitration for sport

Glee star Naya Rivera's body is found at Lake Piru, California

FIFA confirms December final for Qatar's 2022 World Cup

Taryn launches Taryn's Travels!

Tina Turner makes a comeback at 80 years, collaborating with Kygo for 'What's Love Got to do with it"

Prof Charmaine Gauci awarded Gieh il-Mosta for her COVID-19 work

Akon names Malta as his favourite city

Sliema Aquatic Sports Club crowned Enemed Cup 2020 Champions

Nicki Minaj announces pregnancy

George Floyd protests continue across the United States

Melvin Theuma, state witness in the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination case, is urgently hospitalised, after being found in a pool of blood at his residence

Liverpool are presented with the Premier League trophy after playing their last home match

Juventus declared champions for the 9th year in a row

The Phantom of the Opera closes permanently on London's West End

Maltese MEP Alex Agius Saliba becomes a dad for the first time

New restrictive measures are announced by the Deputy Prime Minister following new rise in COVID-19 cases

Ellen DeGeneres addresses all the 'toxic workplace' accusations in a letter to all her staff

August

Malta MedAir makes it first flight

Massive explosions hit Beirut killing more than 130 people and injuring more than 5,000

"Loose Women" cast spotted in Malta

Neil Agius is awarded the 'Point of Light Award' by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

Malta launches bid to host EuroPride 2023

Ben Camille and Xtina welcome baby George

Vladimir Putin declares Russia as the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine

Malta announces COVID-19 testing on passengers landing at Malta International Airport

Lebanese chef based in Malta raises funds to help the residents of Beirut following massive explosions

New restrictive measures are announced

Malta introduces Amber List of countries

Double homicide in Sliema shocks the nation

Malta ranks third in the world, for its COVID-19 testing rate

RuPaul's Drag Race star ChiChi DeVayne, dies, aged 34

PBS pulls the plug on Xarabank after 23 years

Tamara Webb and her husband Ken, announce the birth of their daughter, Pixie Rose

Gianluca Bezzina and wife Vanessa welcome their second child, Paolo

Dynamite by BTS has the biggest YouTube debut ever!

Massive raid in Floriana leads to an arrest in relation to the Sliema double homicide

Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom welcome their first child

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies, aged 43

MGT judge Ray Attard & make-up queen Diane Nikolic tie the knot!

September

Ed Sheeran announces the birth of his daughter

90s Legend Erick Morillo, found dead, aged 49

Haley Bugeja debuts with Sassuolo Calcio in Italy and is instantly branded a phenomenon

The end of 'Keeping up with Kardashians' is announced

Bay Breakfast with Daniel & Ylenia celebrates three years

House of Nicholas Monsarrat in Gozo given Grade 2 protection status

Over €1 million collected in Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation telethon

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid announce the birth of their daughter

A brand new collection of Emojis for 2021 is announced

Schools in Malta postpone their opening dates

The Bay Breakfast Hide&Seek goes on air!

David Attenborough gives Prince George a shark tooth, which he had found when in Malta...and all hell breaks loose!

Malta announces even more restrictive measures

October

Chrissy Teigen opens up about miscarriage

Malta chooses its Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry

Donald and Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19

Malta wins bid to host EuroPride 2023

Apple changes the mask emoji to reflect the 2020 reality

Rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies, aged 65

Meghan Trainor announces pregnancy

89.7 Bay is officially Malta's Number 1 radio station...again!

Dr Clare Gerada becomes the first Maltese woman to ever be made a Dame by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, while Dr Ivan Muscat was also given an MBE

89.7 Bay rebrands - bringing a new way to radio for the Maltese Islands

The Wanted's Tom Parker reveals terminal tumour diagnosis

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Teatru Manoel reopens to socially-distanced audiences

John Cena gets married, in secret

Even more COVID-19 restrictions are announced

Miriam Dalli and Clyde Caruana co-opted in Parliament

Finance Minister announces the government's 2021 budget

Bars and Band Clubs are ordered to close down to curb COVID-19

Emily Ratajkowski announces pregnancy, saying that the child will get to choose its gender, at 18

Fabio Spiteri competes massive cycling challenge around Sicily

The original James Bond, Sean Connery dies, aged 90

November

Terror Attack leaves five dead in Vienna - Bay News spoke to the Maltese Ambassador in Vienna

With over 7 billion views, Baby Shark is crowned YouTube's most-viewed video of all time!

Johnny Depp leaves the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise

Joe Biden is the projected winner of the Presidential Elections of the United States of America

BTS win big at the MTV European Music Awards

Pfizer and BioNTech confirm that their COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be 90% effective in what was described as a 'great day for science and humanity'

Michael Mifsud plays his last international match with the Maltese national football team

Rupert Grint joins Instagram to announce birth of daughter

Roberta Metsola elected as First Vice-President of the European Parliament

Pastizzi debut in Japanese Anime Series

Mayor of Qormi Renald Falzon passes away following COVID-19 diagnosis

Ira Losco and Sean Gravina welcome their baby daughter, GiGi

Daniel and Ylenia inaugurate Marsa's latest flyover with Minister Ian Borg

The Bay Network launches Bay Xmas - Malta's first Christmas radio station

Moderna vaccine shown to be more effective than the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

"Six steps forward for Malta" - FIFA dedicates entire feature to the success of Malta's national football team

Oliver Friggieri, one of Malta's Literature giants, passes away

Malta mourns artist Ed Schembri, who died suddenly, aged 45

Roberta Metsola chairs the European Parliament plenary for the first time, and in Maltese

Meghan Markle reveals she suffered a miscarriage and opens up about it in an op-ed

Legal notice relating to the closure of bars and band clubs is extended, beyond the Christmas period

Diego Armando Maradona, dies, at the age of 60

Maltese engineer named one of 2020's TechWomen100

Alison Bezzina, is appointed as Malta's new Animal Welfare commissioner

Malta places 8th in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is found to be 94.1% effective

Malta's theatre community mourns Carmel S Aquilina

December

The United Kingdom approves Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine

PM Robert Abela reveals his favourite morning radio show...

Zabbar's Sanctuary Street us officially named the most beautiful street in Malta

Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announces Malta's COVID-19 strategy

Italian football legend, Paolo Rossi, dies, aged 64

EastEnders icon, Dame Barbara Windsor, passes away after a long battle with Alzheimer's, aged 83

Malta's Amber List of Countries is updated extensively with over 40 countries included

Professor Charmaine Gauci is among the key persons to be recognised by the State during the Republic Day Honours

Jomike & Lydon win the first edition of Malta's Got Talent

Jesy Nelson leaves Little Mix

European Medicines Agency moves vaccine approval meeting to the 21st December

Pete Buttigieg is nominated to serve as Transportation Secretary by US-President Elect Joe Biden

Maltese Film 'Luzzu' selected for Sundance Film Festival

The Maltese Ftira is officially included in UNESCO's intangible heritage list

27th December is announced as the day in which Malta will start vaccinating people against COVID-19

Malta suspends all incoming UK flights

European Medicines Agency approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

European Commission authorises the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for us within the EU Member States

Ariana Grande announces engagement

55 Maltese people will be taking the COVID-19 vaccine on the first V-Day

All the best for 2021!

Lee Aaron

Lee Aaron

Digital Co-ordinator

Noel Zarb

Noel Zarb

News Co-ordinator