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Major World Events Canceled or Postponed due to Coronavirus

My great grandmother Millie was 104 years old when she passed. My paternal great grandmother was 100. My nanny was 95. I often asked them to tell me stories of how they lived their younger years. My grandma Millie told me stories about slavery and post-reconstruction, but I was too young to fully understand. As I grew older, moved, and began my life in a different state, I rarely visited grandma Millie. In my adult life, I wonder how things would be different if I had the forethought to capture those stories in her own words.

As a biomedical research scientist, one of my biggest fears was a global contagion. Many of my friends thought I was a conspiracy theorist. The scariest movies to me were those which depicted natural disasters, genetic mutations, radiation and microscopic organisms that lie dormant for thousands of years, coming back to take their place as a result of environmental triggers.

I never thought I would live to see the day when the entire world stopped. The Coronavirus has the entire globe held captive in order to cure nature, ensure species are no longer endangered, clean polluted airways, allow for the free flow of streams, among many others as a result of human greed.

Sports teams, big business, major celebrities, and governments stand defeated against the Coronavirus Pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally. Here is a list of the major events that have been canceled or postponed

Major Global Sporting Events

  • PGA tournaments in the U.S.—games will be played without fans
  • Masters Golf Tournament—postponed
  • Boston Marathon—postponed until Sept. 14
  • NBA season—remaining games suspended
  • NCAA ‘March Madness’ Division I men’s and women’s basketball—closed to spectators
  • Golden State Warriors v. Nets in San Francisco on March 12—closed to spectators
  • Indian Wells Masters (also known as the BNP Paribas Open) tennis tournament in Palm Springs, California—canceled
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo—remainder canceled
  • Asian Football Confederation and FIFA Asian World Cup qualifying matches in Qatar—postponed
  • Round 5 of the Guinness Six Nations Rugby in France—postponed
  • Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020—postponed
  • Tokyo Marathon—canceled
  • Chinese Grand Prix—postponed
  • The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour Series in China—canceled
  • World Athletics Indoor Championships—postponed until 2021
  • Grand Prix in Bahrain—closed to spectators
  • All sporting events in Italy, including the Serie A football—canceled or closed to spectators
  • All sporting events in Iran—canceled
  • All sporting events in Greece—closed to spectators
  • ATP Tour—suspended tournaments for six weeks

Major Festivals and Events

  • The Tribeca Film Festival April 15 to April 26—postponed
  • Disney Cruise Line—all new departures suspended starting March 14
  • Disneyland Paris Resort—closed starting March 15
  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida—closed starting March 15
  • Disneyland Park in California—closed starting March 13
  • Carnegie Hall concert venue—all events canceled between March 13 and March 31
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art—temporarily closed
  • CNN-Univision Democratic presidential debate March 15 in Arizona—moved to D.C. with no live audience
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) presidential campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10—canceled
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) music, tech, and film festival in Texas—canceled
  • Pearl Jam North American tour—postponed
  • Coachella music festival—postponed to October
  • Tucson Festival of Books—canceled
  • Ultra Music Festival in Miami—postponed
  • Annual TED 2020 conference in Vancouver—canceled
  • Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con—canceled
  • Prague Film Festival—canceled
  • London Book Fair—canceled
  • Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival in Belgium—canceled
  • Livre Paris Book Fair—canceled
  • National Book Critics Circle Award Ceremony in New York—postponed until fall 2020
  • St. Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland—canceled
  • Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival—canceled
  • Azalea Festival in Okinawa, Japan—canceled
  • Venice Carnival—canceled
  • The Dalai Lama has canceled all public events
  • Purim parades in Israel—canceled
  • Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia—closed
  • New York International Auto Show—postponed until late August
  • New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade—postponed

Movies and Productions

  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyerssuspended until March 30
  • Saturday Night Live—suspended until March 28
  • Peter Rabbit 2 release—postponed to August
  • James Bond film No Time to Die—release postponed until November
  • New York premiere of Superman: Red Son—canceled
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella musical—postponed until October
  • Riverdale production in Vancouver—suspended

Major U.S. Corporate Events and Conferences

  • The World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.—canceled, virtual conference only
  • Google I/O developer event in California—canceled
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s global health conference in Orlando, Florida—canceled
  • Adobe Summit in-person conference in Las Vegas—canceled, moved to online event
  • Aruba Networks Atmosphere 2020 conference in Las Vegas—canceled
  • HIMSS health and tech conference in Orlando, Florida—canceled
  • The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona—canceled
  • Workday internal sales conference in San Francisco—canceled, online only
  • ASEAN Summit in Las Vegas—postponed
  • Shopify annual developer conference ‘Unite’ in Toronto, Canada—canceled
  • Cisco Live in Melbourne, Australia—canceled
  • DEF CON China in Beijing—postponed
  • Dell World in Las Vegas—canceled, online only
  • EmTech Asia in Singapore—postponed
  • Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Jose—canceled
  • F5 Agility 2020 in Orlando, Florida—canceled, online only
  • Facebook Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco—canceled
  • Game Developers Conference in San Francisco—postponed to summer 2020
  • Google Cloud Next in San Francisco—canceled, online only
  • Google I/O in Mountain View, California—canceled
  • Google News Initiative Summit in Sunnyvale, California—canceled
  • Semicon conventions in Korea and China—canceled
  • Microsoft WSLConf in Redmond, Washington—canceled, online only
  • Microsoft MVP Global Summit in Redmond, Washington—canceled, online only
  • Paris Blockchain Week Summit—canceled
  • SAS Global Forum in Washington, D.C.—canceled
  • ACE Comic Con in Boston—canceled
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