What Happened in 2018

Significant Events

  • Mar 11 China's National People's Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life
  • Mar 22 US President Donald Trump imposes $60 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports
  • May 9 Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, defeating Prime Minister Najib Razak and ending 61 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional coalition
  • Jun 12 Summit in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump
  • Jun 17 "The Incredibles 2" sets a box-office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend
  • Aug 2 Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value
  • Sep 23 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches "Modicare", free heathcare for 500 million, world's biggest healthcare program
More Historical Events

2018 in Film & TV

  • Apr 18 “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened
  • May 5 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim
  • Jun 17 "The Incredibles 2" sets a box-office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend

2018 in Music

  • Apr 24 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI
  • May 5 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim
  • May 28 South Korean boy band BTS are the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 with their album "Love Yourself: Tear"
  • Jul 3 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • Jul 10 Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"

2018 in Sport

  • Jan 23 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone
  • Jan 24 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison
  • Feb 6 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro
  • Feb 25 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country
  • Mar 24 Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is caught on camera rubbing match ball with an object during 3rd Cricket Test in Cape Town, resulting in an infamous ball tampering scandal

Did You Know?

New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"

On May 2, 2018


World Leaders in 2018

Famous People Born in 2018

  • Apr 23 Prince Louis of Cambridge, English son of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, born in London

Would You Believe?

All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in "Nature"

On February 7, 2018

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 3 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner
  • Jan 8 Singer Ricky Martin reveals he has married Jwan Yosef
  • Jan 9 Swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte weds model Kayla Rae Reid in Florida
  • Feb 3 Actor John Stamos (Full House) weds model Caitlin Mchugh at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California
  • Feb 14 Comedian Amy Schumer weds chef Chris Fischer in Malibu
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