New year, new uncertainty: the big events due in 2021 – The Guardian


It can’t be as bad as 2020, can it? A new year brings fresh promise and fresh uncertainty. Here are some of the principal events expected in 2021.

1 January

4 January

A judge at the Old Bailey hands down her ruling in the extradition case against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who is wanted by the US on charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

5 January

14 January

20 January

January (undated)

1 February

  • MH17 trial begins in the Netherlands of four people accused of shooting down an airliner over Ukraine, killing 298.

Anthony Watson dives to the ground
England’s Anthony Watson scores against Wales in the 2020 Six Nations. The 2021 tournament kicks off on 6 February. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters

6 February

  • The men’s Six Nations rugby championship kicks off for England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales (until 20 March).

7 February

11 February

  • Berlin film festival becomes first to define its performance prizes in a gender-neutral manner, eliminating the categories of best actor and best actress.

21 February

28 February

A Chinese rocket blasts off for Mars
The Chinese Tianwen-1 mission to Mars blasted off on 23 July. It is due to land a probe on the planet in February. Photograph: China News Service/Getty Images

February (undated)

2 March

5 March

  • The UK marks one year since the first confirmed coronavirus death in the country and the beginning of the UK’s first lockdown (24 March).

  • Pope Francis is due to make his first international visit in 15 months, becoming the first pontiff to visit Iraq (5-8 March).

12 March

17 March

21 March

27 March

2 April

11 April

21 April

25 April

Bound copies of the Manchester Guardian
The Guardian reaches its 200th anniversary on 5 May. Photograph: David Sillitoe/The Guardian

5 May

6 May

15 May

  • FA Cup final.

18 May

22 May

6 June

10 June

11 June

18 June

Tadej Pogačar wearing yellow
The 2020 Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogačar. The 2021 race sets off from Brittany on 26 June. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

26 June

June (undated)

  • UK hosts G7 summit.

1 July

  • Slovenia assumes presidency of the council of the EU.

  • On what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, unveil a statue in her honour at Kensington Palace.

  • 100th anniversary of founding of Chinese Communist party.

23 July

17 August

Soviet tanks
Tanks in Red Square during an abortive coup against the Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, on 19 August 1991. Photograph: Dima Tanin/AFP/Getty Images

19 August

24 August

5 September

  • Hong Kong holds delayed polls for its legislative council, the first since Beijing imposed its new restrictive national security law on the territory.

11 September

21 September

  • UN general assembly opens.

  • Ryder Cup begins in Wisconsin, US (until 26 September).

26 September

September (undated)

1 October

28 October

October (undated)

  • Japan’s parliamentary elections.

  • T20 cricket World Cup, India.

  • Nobel prizes are announced.

1 November

26 December

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