On This Day

What Happened in December 2018

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 British boxer Tyson Fury dominates much of the fight but survives 2 knockdowns to force a split decision draw with defending WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Dec 1 Violent demonstrations in Paris, France, by yellow-vest movement with 36,000 protesting nationwide
  • Dec 1 Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged for "inciting debauchery" after wearing see-through dress to Cairo film festival

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

  • Dec 1 World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches
  • Dec 1 Syrian shadow puppetry added to UN list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving

Film Premiere

Dec 1 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)

Agreement of Interest

Dec 2 Trade war truce agreed between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at G-20 meeting in Argentina

  • Dec 2 Andrés Manuel López Obrador is sworn in as President of Mexico

Historic Event

Dec 2 Israeli police recommend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife be charged with fraud and bribery

Historic Event

Dec 2 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies he has died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor after ill health

Summit of Interest

Dec 3 David Attenborough warns collapse of civilisation and the natural world on the horizon at UN climate summit in Poland

  • Dec 3 Dutch court in Arnhem rejects man's request to legally be recognised 20 years younger
  • Dec 3 7-year old Ryan of Ryan Toysreview is the year's highest-paid YouTube star earning $22 million

Football Awards

Dec 3 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win award; Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women's winner

  • Dec 4 Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena

Historic Event

Dec 4 Theresa May's UK government suffers three parliamentary defeats in one day, also found in contempt of parliament for failing to publish report in full on Brexit

Historic Event

Dec 4 French President Emmanuel Macron drops controversial rise in fuel tax after three weeks of mass protests

  • Dec 4 Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo
  • Dec 4 Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone
  • Dec 4 First successful birth resulting from uterus transplant from a deceased donor in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 4 French couture house Chanel ends its use of fur and exotic skins following bans by other companies
  • Dec 4 Native Americans had just one migration from Siberia to the New World, at most 23,000 years ago, in research published in "Nature" and "Science"

Historic Event

Dec 5 National day of mourning for former US President George H. W. Bush as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda, Washington

  • Dec 5 US state funeral for former president George H. W. Bush, eulogy by George W. Bush, attended by President Donald Trump predecessors Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter
  • Dec 5 CO2 emissions reach all-time high (up 2.7%) driven by coal use in China and consumption of oil, in Global Carbon Project report
  • Dec 5 Wisconsin Republican senate passes bills restricting power of new Democratic governor Tony Evers

Historic Event

Dec 5 Letter by Albert Einstein from 1954 on concept of religion sells for $2.9 million at Christie's in New York

  • Dec 5 Arrest of Huawei Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou for possible violation of Iran sanctions in Canada
  • Dec 6 Senegal's new Museum of Black Civilisations is opened in Dakar by President Macky Sall
  • Dec 6 Luxembourg is the first country to make all public transport free
  • Dec 6 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry explodes for franchise-record 238 yards & 4 touchdowns in 30-9 win v Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville; 99-yard TD run ties Dallas Cowboys HOF RB Tony Dorsett's longest run in NFL history
  • Dec 6 Oldest-known plague sample found in 4,900-year-old remains of 20-year old woman in Gökhem, southern Sweden published in "Cell"
  • Dec 7 Former Italy national football coach Cesare Prandelli is appointed manager of Serie A club Genoa CFC replacing Ivan Juric; first time in history all 20 Serie A managers are all Italian

Election of Interest

Dec 7 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is elected the new leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union party, replacing Angela Merkel

Historic Event

Dec 7 Court filings by US federal prosecutors and Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Michael Cohen appear to implicate President Donald Trump on campaign fraud and Russian dealings

Film & TV History

Dec 7 Comedian Kevin Hart steps down as 2019 Oscars host after his history of homophobic statements is revealed

  • Dec 7 Brazilian spiritual healer João Teixeira de Faria accused of sexual abuse by four women, over 200 more come forward in next week
  • Dec 7 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: US ends Europe's 8-year run with an 11-9 win; MVP: Skyler Woodward (USA)
  • Dec 8 US President Donald Trump announces John Kelly will be stepping down as White House Chief of Staff at the end of the year
  • Dec 8 84th Heisman Trophy Award: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB)
  • Dec 9 Copa Libertadores Final, Madrid: River Plate beats Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra time (aggregate 5-3); Juan Quintero's stunning extra-time strike helps River come from a goal down to record historic victory over 10-man Boca
  • Dec 9 Tens of thousands march on Delhi, India, to demand Hindi temple be built on contentious religious site in Ayodhya
  • Dec 9 Winter storm hits US south east killing three, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, cancelling over 1,000 flights
  • Dec 9 Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wins a snap election with 70.4% of the vote

Sports History

Dec 9 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season

  • Dec 9 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady's NFL record with his 359th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368
  • Dec 10 Theresa May cancels UK parliament vote on Brexit bill in face of certain defeat
  • Dec 10 Russia's most prolific mass murderer Mikhail Popkov sentenced to second life sentence for total of 56 murders
  • Dec 10 Emmanuel Macron announces in TV address rise in minimum wage and tax concessions after weeks of civil unrest

Historic Event

Dec 11 Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 is "the Guardians" journalists targeted for their work, including Jamal Khashoggi

  • Dec 11 The Arctic is experiencing "unprecedented warmth" caused by human-caused climate change, according to US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report

Historic Event

Dec 11 US President Donald Trump says he would be "proud" to shut down the government in contentious meeting at The White House with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

  • Dec 12 Michael Cohen, former lawyer for US President Donald Trump sentenced to three years in prison for campaign-finance violations and tax fraud
  • Dec 12 China built 88 out of world's 143 skyscrapers in 2018 more than any country ever (buildings over 200 meters/656 ft)
  • Dec 12 American Media Inc. publisher of "National Enquirer" admits paying hush money to mistresses of US President Donald Trump
  • Dec 12 Seven mass graves in former Islamic State area discovered containing hundreds of bodies, some tortured, near Albu Kamal, eastern Syria
  • Dec 12 Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev compete complex spacewalk to fix hole in Soyuz spacecraft
  • Dec 12 British Prime Minister Theresa May survives 200-117 no-confidence vote from own Conservative Party
  • Dec 13 Actress Eliza Dushku revealed received $9.5 million settlement from CBS after sexual harassment on set of "Bull" from actor Michael Weatherley
  • Dec 13 Cease-fire in port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, by Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition announced by the UN
  • Dec 13 Passenger train collides with maintenance locomotive in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least 9 and injuring 47
  • Dec 13 US Senate passes non-binding "war powers resolution" against long-term ally Saudi Arabia
  • Dec 13 Apple announces new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas and expansion in other US cities
  • Dec 13 German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki takes the court for his record 21st NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the LA Lakers
  • Dec 14 Report by Reuters US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson knew for decades their talc was contaminated with asbestos
  • Dec 15 Diplomats from 200 countries agree to a set of rules to implement the UN Paris Climate Agreement in Katowice, Poland
  • Dec 15 Egyptian Archaeologists announce discovery of 4,400 year old tomb of Fifth Dynasty priest in Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo

Historic Event

Dec 15 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announces establishment of independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, splitting from Russian Orthodox

  • Dec 15 Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare') ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas; later reversed by US Supreme Court
  • Dec 16 Huge explosion and fire in a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan injures 42
  • Dec 16 Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn back into office two months after being removed by President Sirisena
  • Dec 17 CBS announces former Chief Executive Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million exit payout
  • Dec 17 US military confirms it has killed 62 fighters from Islamist group al-Shabab in air strikes in Somalia
  • Dec 17 US poacher sentenced to watch the film "Bambi" repeatedly during year in prison, for killing hundreds of deer in Missouri
  • Dec 17 Malaysia files criminal charges against US bank Goldman Sachs for it role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal
  • Dec 17 Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's word of the year is "justice"
  • Dec 17 Astronomers identify furtherest object in the solar system as 2018 VG18 (nicknamed Farout), 120 x further from the sun than earth
  • Dec 17 New reports to US Senate say Russian propaganda efforts on social media much more extensive than thought, including targeting African Americans
  • Dec 17 Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned 67th Miss Universe
  • Dec 18 Manchester United sacks high profile Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho; United in 6th place in EPL, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer new caretaker manager
  • Dec 18 Nevada becomes the first US state with a female-majority legislature with new appointments taking it to 51%
  • Dec 18 Fire destroys 600 stilt homes in Manaus, northwestern Brazil
  • Dec 18 Meteor explodes in huge fireball over the Bering Sea with 10 times the energy of Hiroshima atomic bomb, 2nd largest in last 30 yrs
  • Dec 19 First use of a drone to deliver vaccines - to island of Erromango, Vanuatu, by Unicef
  • Dec 19 Drones flying over Gatwick airport, England, causes delays and cancellations for 800 flights and 110,000 people
  • Dec 19 US President Donald Trump announces victory over the Islamic State and planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria
  • Dec 19 Houston Rockets set NBA single-game record with 26 three-pointers in 136-118 victory over Washington Wizards; 8 players hit from deep as Rockets shoot 26-of-55 (47.3%); James Harden leads charge, shooting 6-of-11 on 3s
  • Dec 20 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis announces his resignation after disagreements with President Donald Trump
  • Dec 20 New figures show average US male weighs 198 pounds and stands 5 feet 9 inches, women 171 pounds and 5 feet 4 inches
  • Dec 21 Tennis Australia announces a 10-point tie break to be implemented in Australian Open when deciding set reaches 6-6; takes place of 2-game advantage final sets
  • Dec 22 Partial shutdown of US federal government begins

Krakatoa: The World’s Mightiest Explosion

Dec 22 Tsunami hits Indonesia's Sunda Strait killing over 400 after part of the Anak Krakatoa volcano slips into the sea

  • Dec 26 American Colin O'Brady is the first person to cross Antarctica solo and unassisted after 54 days at the Ross Ice Shelf

Knighthood

Dec 28 British New Year's honours list include Knights for author Philip Pullman and comedian Michael Palin, a Dame for Twiggy and a Order of the Companions of Honour for Margaret Atwood

  • Dec 28 UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes of Brazil moves up in weight and KOs dominant featherweight Cris "Cyborg" Justino just 51 seconds into the opening round at the Forum, Inglewood, CA; first female to win UFC titles in multiple weight classes
  • Dec 29 40 militants killed in Giza and El-Arish by Egyptian police after attack on a tourist bus the day before killed four
  • Dec 29 85th Orange Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #4 Oklahoma, 45-34
  • Dec 29 Record lowest temperature of -111C registered by American satellite Noaa-20 in the western Pacific at top of large storm [1]

Sports History

Dec 30 Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs' 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson


Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Dec 1 Singer Nick Jonas (26) and actress Priyanka Chopra (36) marry at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India

Wedding of Interest

Dec 23 American singer Miley Cyrus (26) weds Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (28) in Franklin, Tennessee; divorce in 2020


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), dies at 85
  • Dec 3 Philip Bosco, American actor (Trading Places, Lend Me a Tenor), dies at 88
  • Dec 3 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), dies at 75
  • Dec 6 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • Dec 6 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • Dec 7 Belisario Betancur, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (1982-86), dies at 95
  • Dec 8 Roger the ripped kangaroo, famous for crushing a metal bucket like a paper cup, dies at 12 in Alice Springs of old age
  • Dec 8 Rosanell Eaton, American voting rights advocate, dies at 97
  • Dec 8 Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian 'Grandmother of Russian Human Rights', dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Evelyn Berezin, American computer pioneer, invented first word processor, dies at 93
  • Dec 9 Riccardo Giacconi, Italian American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize for Physics 2002 for X-ray astronomy, dies at 87
  • Dec 12 Melvin Dummar, American claimant to the Howard Hughes estate, dies at 74
  • Dec 12 Meng Lang, Chinese poet and activist, dies at 57
  • Dec 13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist ("Feel Like Making Love"), dies at 81
  • Dec 14 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Dec 16 Colin Kroll, American co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, dies of a drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 16 Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, dies of cancer at 62
  • Dec 16 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), dies at 89
  • Dec 16 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), dies at 77
  • Dec 16 Robin Clark, New Zealand-born chemist (early transition metals and highly coordinated complexes) dies at 83

Penny Marshall

Dec 17 Penny Marshall, American actress (The Odd Couple; Laverne & Shirley), and director (Big; Awakenings; A League of Their Own), and producer (Cinderella Man), dies of diabetes complications at 75

  • Dec 17 Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, dies at 83
  • Dec 18 David Austin, English rose breeder (Austin roses), dies at 92
  • Dec 20 Donald Moffat, British actor (Logan's Run), dies at 87
  • Dec 22 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), dies of bladder cancer at 77
  • Dec 22 Roberto Suazo Córdova, President of Honduras (1982-86), dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Honey Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', dies at 93
  • Dec 26 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, dies at 88
  • Dec 26 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer and actress, dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), dies at 83
  • Dec 28 June Whitfield, English comedian and actress (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous), dies at 93
  • Dec 28 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), dies at 108
  • Dec 28 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 93
  • Dec 28 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), dies at 81
  • Dec 28 Christine McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 92
  • Dec 29 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American concert cellist and educator (Yale School of Music, 1958-2018). dies at 100
  • Dec 30 Mrinal Sen, Bengali film director (In Search of Famine), dies at 95
  • Dec 30 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), dies from complications relating to Parkinson's disease at 72 [1]
  • Dec 31 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), dies at 92