A harrowing global pandemic that upended life as we know it, a divisive U.S. election, and racial unrest made 2020 a year unlike any other. ABC News photo editors selected some of the most dramatic images from an unforgettable year.

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside-down, a sign of distress, in front of a burning building, May 28, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody, broke out in Minneapolis and spread across the country in solidarity against racial injustice.
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