View from Indiana: A Timeline, January 1 through March 22, 2020

By Michelle Railey

1 January – Happy New Year.

Five Things to Know for January 2 (CNN)

An aerial view shows the completed site of the Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Feb 2, 2020. The construction of the 1,000-bed temporary field hospital, which began on 24 January 2020 to house novel coronavirus patients, was announced completed on Feb 2, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE (Straits-Times)

6 January – Australia continues to burn. 

Trump’s Dangerous Iran Tweets, Briefly Explained (Vox)

7 January – Iran bombs U.S. military bases in Iraq.

Iran Plane Crash: What we know about flight PS752 (BBC)

A rescue worker searches the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Three U.S. Airports to Check Passengers for a Deadly Chinese Coronavirus (The New York Times)

25 January – Lunar New Year. Year of the Rat. Impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump continues (coincidence?).

Trump Impeachment: Republicans aim to block witnesses as key vote approaches (The Guardian)

Five Things to Know for January 30: Impeachment, Iraq, coronavirus, 2020 Dems, Tanzania (CNN)

Goodbye, Europe. After years of Brexit turmoil, Britain finally leaves the E.U. (NBC)

2 February – Super Bowl LIV. President Trump tweets and deletes congrats to the, um, state of Kansas. So there’s that.

Via The Kansas City Star

3 February – Iowa caucus day. Results are delayed and delayed and delayed. And delayed.

4 February – State of the Union address. Manipulative, misleading, factually incoherent, exploitative, cheap, tawdry, insulting. 

FactChecking the State of the Union (

5 February – Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both impeachment charges.

7 February –  Iowa results still close to call. Virtual tie between Buttigieg and Sanders.

8 February – A little snow. 

9 February – Costco with parents. Bought a huge pack of TP and a rotisserie chicken. Joked with my dad “You gotta buy TP every time you go to Costco because, in the apocalypse, TP is currency.” 

11 February – New Hampshire primary: Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Warren.

14 February – Valentine’s Day.

Five Things to Know for February 17: Coronavirus, Dems 2020, Barr, Afghanistan, France scam (CNN)

22 February – Nevada Caucuses.

25 February – Mardi Gras.

26 February – VP Pence named coronavirus czar in U.S. Snow.

Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria, Raising Fears of Escalation (The New York Times)

29 February – Leap Day. South Carolina primary (Biden wins).

What shoppers are panic-buying to prepare for coronavirus (Business Insider)

3 March – Super Tuesday.

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities with Increased Surveillance (The New York Times)

11 March – COVID-19 is confirmed by WHO as a pandemic. Everything is cancelled. Trump announced travel ban from Europe (but not UK or Ireland). Financial assistance for small businesses. US is positioned for total crisis. Stock market tanking.

Here’s why people are panic buying and stockpiling toilet paper to cope with coronavirus fears (CNBC)

12 March – Husband loses all jobs for the indeterminate future. Definitely through April 15. If this keeps going, I will lose my income too. The US is going to have to give financial assistance to all the people. I just hope they don’t wait until it’s too late. 

War in Syria: Carnage, Flouting of Rights and International Law Must Stop– Guterres (UN News)

Shoppers fill the stores, and emptying shelves, stocking up on supplies in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in Toronto on Friday March 13, 2020. Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

Moms having trouble finding formula, infant Tylenol during COVID-19 (Toronto Sun)

14 March – One of the most beautiful snowfalls I’ve ever seen. Huge, soft, feathery, soapy flakes. 24 hours ago it was over 55 degrees (F).

16 March – All bars, restaurants closed (except for carry out). All parks, theatres, museums closed until at least April 1st. Walt Disney World closed.

17 March – Husband’s rear window of car shot out in driveway by what Greenwood police are calling “The BB Bandits”.

A Timeline of the Coronavirus (The New York Times)

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic (Politico)

How many medical supplies does the US have left to fight the coronavirus? FEMA can’t say. (Vox)

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