The Biggest Trends of TikTok 2020

It’s been well over two years since TikTok arrived in the United States in August 2018, offering a rejoinder to anyone who thought social media had lost its way. The app had everything: social commentary, comedy, crafting, memes, challenges, makeup tutorials and, of course, dances. Even those who weren’t totally sold on it couldn’t avoid the videos, which proliferated across platforms like Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

By April 2020, TikTok had been downloaded more than 2 billion times; in the fall, it had an estimated 850 million monthly active users.

Despite its growth in size and scope, the uninitiated still

Yemen Airport Is Attacked as New Government Arrives

The Houthis control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sana.

The government has been based in Aden, a port city in the south, but has largely operated in exile in Saudi Arabia. The government side splintered last year between Saudi-backed forces and southern separatists sponsored by the Emirates, causing clashes in the south and hampering efforts to negotiate a political settlement to end the war.

The separatists seized control of Aden last year.

Saudi Arabia, in fits and starts, has pushed the Yemenis to mend the broken government alliance against the Houthis. A new unity government that the kingdom’s …

74 of Our Favorite Facts for 2020

Each day, our editors collect the most interesting, striking or delightful facts to appear in articles throughout the paper. Here are 74 from the past year that were the most revealing.

Dec. 30, 2020

1. Japan’s legal system has a 99 percent conviction rate.
Carlos Ghosn, at Home but Waiting for the Next Move

2. Fishing remains the United States’ second most dangerous profession, after logging.
Overtaken by Frigid Seas, Hours From Help, There Was Little Chance of Survival

3. McSorley’s Old Ale House, established in 1854 in the East Village,