Historical Events in December 2018

Music Premiere

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

  • 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

Film Premiere

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

  • Dec 1 Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged for "inciting debauchery" after wearing see-through dress to Cairo film festival
  • Dec 1 Syrian shadow puppetry added to UN list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving
  • Dec 1 Violent demonstrations in Paris, France, by yellow-vest movement with 36,000 protesting nationwide
  • Dec 1 World's first super-high definition 8K television channel by Japanese broadcaster NHK launches
  • 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Dec 2 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies he has died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor after ill health

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 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

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 4 Attempts to establish mob council in Sicily thwarted when 46 members of the mafia arrested including Settimio Mineo
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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"
  • 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
  • Dec 4 Scottish artist Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with film shot on her iPhone

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

  • Dec 5 Arrest of Huawei Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou for possible violation of Iran sanctions in Canada
  • 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

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

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 Wisconsin Republican senate passes bills restricting power of new Democratic governor Tony Evers
  • Dec 6 Luxembourg is the first country to make all public transport free
  • 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 6 Senegal's new Museum of Black Civilisations is opened in Dakar by President Macky Sall
  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • Dec 7 Brazilian spiritual healer João Teixeira de Faria accused of sexual abuse by four women, over 200 more come forward in next week

Film & TV History

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

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

  • 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
  • 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 84th Heisman Trophy Award: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 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 9 Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wins a snap election with 70.4% of the vote
  • 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

NFL Record

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 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 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 10 Emmanuel Macron announces in TV address rise in minimum wage and tax concessions after weeks of civil unrest
  • Dec 10 Russia's most prolific mass murderer Mikhail Popkov sentenced to second life sentence for total of 56 murders
  • Dec 10 Theresa May cancels UK parliament vote on Brexit bill in face of certain defeat
  • 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 Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 is "the Guardians" journalists targeted for their work, including Jamal Khashoggi

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 American Media Inc. publisher of "National Enquirer" admits paying hush money to mistresses of US President Donald Trump
  • Dec 12 British Prime Minister Theresa May survives 200-117 no-confidence vote from own Conservative Party
  • 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 Michael Cohen, former lawyer for US President Donald Trump sentenced to three years in prison for campaign-finance violations and tax fraud
  • Dec 12 Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev compete complex spacewalk to fix hole in Soyuz spacecraft
  • Dec 12 Seven mass graves in former Islamic State area discovered containing hundreds of bodies, some tortured, near Albu Kamal, eastern Syria
  • 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 Apple announces new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas and expansion in other US cities
  • Dec 13 Cease-fire in port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, by Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition announced by the UN
  • 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 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 14 Report by Reuters US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson knew for decades their talc was contaminated with asbestos
  • Dec 15 Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare') ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas; later reversed by US Supreme Court
  • 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 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 Astronomers identify furtherest object in the solar system as 2018 VG18 (nicknamed Farout), 120 x further from the sun than earth
  • Dec 17 Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned 67th Miss Universe
  • Dec 17 CBS announces former Chief Executive Les Moonves will not receive his $120 million exit payout
  • Dec 17 Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's word of the year is "justice"
  • Dec 17 Malaysia files criminal charges against US bank Goldman Sachs for it role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal
  • 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 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 18 Fire destroys 600 stilt homes in Manaus, northwestern Brazil
  • 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 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 18 Nevada becomes the first US state with a female-majority legislature with new appointments taking it to 51%
  • Dec 19 Drones flying over Gatwick airport, England, causes delays and cancellations for 800 flights and 110,000 people
  • Dec 19 First use of a drone to deliver vaccines - to island of Erromango, Vanuatu, by Unicef
  • 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 19 US President Donald Trump announces victory over the Islamic State and planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria
  • 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 20 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis announces his resignation after disagreements with President Donald Trump
  • 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

  • Dec 31 Houston guard James Harden scores 43 points in Rockets' 113-101 win over Memphis Grizzlies; 4th straight NBA game with 40+ points and 8th straight with 35+; joins Oscar Robertson as only player with at least 35 points & 5 assists in 8 straight games
  • Dec 31 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wins third term in Bangladesh elections with 17 people killed in violent clashes