Historical Events in 2018

  • Jan 1 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says recent unrest "is nothing" after 30 people killed in 5 days of anti government demonstrations
  • Jan 1 California becomes largest US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use
  • Jan 1 Initiative of 300 Hollywood women called "Time's Up" announced to fight sexual harassment
  • Jan 1 Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement
  • Jan 2 Bus crash in Pasamayo, Peru, kills 51 on notorious "Devil's Curve" road
  • Jan 2 WHO reveals it will classify gaming addiction as mental health condition in its next Classification of Diseases
  • Jan 2 Storm Eleanor forms near Ireland then sweeps across the UK and Western Europe in next few days
  • Jan 3 Security expert reveal two security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre which affect most microprocessors
  • Jan 3 Lawyers of US President Trump try to stop the publication of book on Trump's administration "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff
  • Jan 3 Previously unknown ancient Beringians group of people unearthed in Alaska, earliest known Native Americans at 11,500 years old
  • Jan 3 First bionic hand with a sense of touch, for use outside a lab unveiled in Rome
  • Jan 3 Landslide and flooding caused by heavy rains in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, kills at least 37
  • Jan 4 Truck hits a train near Kroonstad city, South Africa killing 19 passengers
  • Jan 4 'Bomb Cyclone' hits US Northeast prompting flooding and snow in New York subway system
  • Jan 4 Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah wins African Football Player of the Year
  • Jan 5 North Korea accepts South Korean invitation for high-level talks
  • Jan 5 Kitwe in Zambia bans shaking hands and the sale of fresh food in attempt to prevent a cholera outbreak
  • Jan 5 "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff is published by Henry Holt and Company
  • Jan 6 Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so
  • Jan 6 Oil tanker Sanchi collides with a freighter off the coast of Shanghai with 32 probable deaths

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 7 75th Golden Globes: "Ladybird", "The Handmaid's Tale", Elizabeth Moss, Sterling K. Brown among the winners, Oprah Winfrey accepts Lifetime award with powerful speech

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jan 7 Sydney, Australia has its hottest day for 80 years as Penrith reaches 47.3 degrees
  • Jan 7 It snows in the Sahara desert - 15 inches reported in Aïn Séfra, Northwest Algeria
  • Jan 8 US record year for cost of natural disasters announced - $306 billion in 2017
  • Jan 8 Self-declared republic of Somaliland passes its first ever law against rape
  • Jan 9 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart News after his criticism of the White House in "Fire and the Fury" book
  • Jan 9 The first same-sex marriages take place in Australia after legislation passed a month ago
  • Jan 9 President Trump cancels program allowing 200,000 San Salvadoreans temporary status to live in the US
  • Jan 9 Mudslides sweep away 100 houses in Montecito, California, killing at least 20, on land stripped bare by recent fires
  • Jan 10 Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hits $106 billion due to Amazon shares rise

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul
  • Jan 11 In China's first significant #MeToo moment Beihang University in Beijing fires a professor for sexual misconduct
  • Jan 11 US President Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries "shitholes" during immigration meeting
  • Jan 13 Early-morning ballistic missile alert sent across Hawaii in error, revoked after 38 minutes
  • Jan 13 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5m reshoot fee "All the Money in the World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams only paid $1000
  • Jan 13 Chelsea Manning, former soldier responsible for Wikileaks announces her bid to run for US Senate
  • Jan 15 Fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber are suspended from magazines including Vogue, after allegations of sexual harassment in "The New York Times"
  • Jan 15 Protests against the current government turn violent in Tunis, Tunisia marking the seventh anniversary of the revolution
  • Jan 15 US Gynmnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar
  • Jan 15 Operation in El Junquito, Venezuela, to capture terrorist group including Oscar Pérez, accused of mounting a coup, ends in 4 deaths
  • Jan 15 Romanian Social Democrat (PSD) Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigns after 7 months in office
  • Jan 15 Pope Francis arrives in Chile for a three-day visit amid child sexual abuse claims against church clergy
  • Jan 18 First drone rescue of swimmers by lifeguards in New South Wales, Australia
  • Jan 22 US government ends three-day shutdown after an agreement in Congress to extend funding
  • Jan 23 Singer Neil Diamond retires after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease
  • Jan 23 Twelve camels disqualified from the King Abdulaziz Camel beauty contest, Saudi Arabia after their owners used botox on their lips
  • Jan 23 Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep
  • Jan 24 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison
  • Jan 24 UK charity Presidents Club forced to close after revelations of sexual harassment at event revealed by the "Financial Times"
  • Jan 25 Doomsday clock moved by 30 seconds to 2 minutes to midnight by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, closest since 1950s
  • Jan 25 Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?" in controversial French interview

  • Jan 26 Residents left without heat in -27C in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after boiler breaks in main power station
  • Jan 27 Bomb in an ambulance kills over 100 people in Kabul, Taliban claim responsibility
  • Jan 27 106th Women's Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki defeats Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam
  • Jan 28 60th Grammy Awards: Bruno Mars wins Best Song "That's What I Like," and Best Album "24K Magic"
  • Jan 28 106th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marin Čili 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 to win his 20th Grand Slam
  • Jan 28 Seven survivors from missing Kiribati ferry carrying 100 people rescued after week at sea
  • Jan 29 F.B.I deputy director Andrew G. McCabe steps down from office
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Indians announce they will remove Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019
  • Jan 29 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Miami
  • Jan 29 Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles
  • Feb 1 The Indian government announces plan to give 500 million people free healthcare
  • Feb 1 Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million
  • Feb 2 All 955 miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom town, South Africa, after 2 days underground
  • Feb 3 Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees
  • Feb 4 Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots 41-33 for their first Super Bowl victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
  • Feb 5 A share market sell off starts on Wall Street with Dow Jones sinking 4.6%, spreads around the globe
  • Feb 6 Elon Musk's company SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket
  • Feb 6 Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares state of emergency ordering arrest of two judges
  • Feb 6 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro
  • Feb 6 UN calls for ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area by Syrian government troops after 40 people reportedly killed
  • Feb 6 Polish president Andrzej Duda signs controversial Holocaust law, outlaws accusing Poles of complicity under Nazis
  • Feb 6 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Hualien County, Taiwan, leaving 10 dead and over 50 missing
  • Feb 7 Armed groups release 300 child soldiers from Yambio, South Sudan according to UN
  • Feb 7 "The Los Angeles Times" is bought by LA doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong from Tronc for $500 million
  • Feb 7 Missing Nigerian painting masterpiece of Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi by Ben Enwonwu announced rediscovered in London
  • Feb 7 DNA analysis of Chedder Man, UK's oldest complete skeleton shows he had dark skin and blue eyes
  • Feb 7 White House aide Rob Porter resigns in wake of physical abuse allegations by ex-wives
  • Feb 7 All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in "Nature"
  • Feb 7 Angel Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party reaches a coalition deal with Social Democrats after four months
  • Feb 8 Twitter reports its first quarterly profit as a public company
  • Feb 8 Bangladesh court sentences former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to 5 years in prison for corruption
  • Feb 9 XXIII Olympic Winter Games opens in PyeongChang, South Korea
  • Feb 11 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board
  • Feb 12 Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage
  • Feb 12 Oxfam deputy director resigns over charity's failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad
  • Feb 13 South African President Jacob Zuma is ordered to step down by the A.N.C.
  • Feb 13 South Africa declares a three-year drought a National Disaster, though pushes Cap Town's "Day Zero" to June 4
  • Feb 13 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges
  • Feb 14 South African President Jacob Zuma resigns from office
  • Feb 14 Ex-student Nikolas Cruz guns down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, before being captured
  • Feb 15 Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as South African President, replacing Jacob Zuma
  • Feb 15 First known case of transgender woman breastfeeding reported in "Transgender Health Journal" in US
  • Feb 15 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns in a surprise move
  • Feb 16 More than 100,00 orangutans killed in Borneo since 1999 according to study published in "Current Biology"
  • Feb 16 National state of emergency declared in Ethiopia in wake of anti-government protests
  • Feb 17 3 suicide bombers kill 18 in Konduga, north-east Nigeria
  • Feb 18 Aseman Airlines flight crashes in the Zagros mountains, Iran, killing all 66 on board
  • Feb 19 Syrian government forces bombard Gouta in deadliest day in 3 years, killing over 100 civilians
  • Feb 19 At least 17 killed when a garbage mound collapses in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Feb 20 Queen of England, Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance at London fashion week
  • Feb 20 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis
  • Feb 21 Indian film star Kamal Haasan launches a new political party - Makkal Needhi Mayyam in Tamil Nadu state