2018 in History

Events in History

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Jan 1 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says recent unrest "is nothing" after 30 people killed in 5 days of anti government demonstrations

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • Jan 1 California becomes largest US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use
  • 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 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 Oil tanker Sanchi collides with a freighter off the coast of Shanghai with 32 probable deaths
  • 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

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Jan 10 Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hits $106 billion due to Amazon shares rise

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 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 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

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Jan 15 US Gynmnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles
  • 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 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 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 28 Seven survivors from missing Kiribati ferry carrying 100 people rescued after week at sea
  • Jan 28 French drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win their 6th Monte Carlo Rally in an M-Sport Ford WRT
  • Jan 29 F.B.I deputy director Andrew G. McCabe steps down from office
  • Jan 29 Toronto police arrest landscaper Bruce McArthur for murder after remains of at least 5 people found in potted plants
  • 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 5 A share market sell off starts on Wall Street with Dow Jones sinking 4.6%, spreads around the globe

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Feb 6 Elon Musk's company SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Feb 6 Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares state of emergency ordering arrest of two judges
  • 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 11 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board

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Feb 11 MOMA opens a major solo exhibition for Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral in New York

  • 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

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Feb 13 Israeli Police report recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach-of-trust charges

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 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 18 Syrian government forces begin a new offensive on Eastern Ghouta in Syria's civil war
  • 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 19 Nigeria says 110 girls missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state

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Feb 20 Queen of England, Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 20 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis
  • Feb 22 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stirs up controversy by declaring he prefers quinoa to rice, the national dish
  • Feb 23 Study suggests earliest European Palaeolithic artwork in Spain made by Neanderthals not humans in "Science Journal"
  • Feb 24 UN Security Council passes resolution for 30 day ceasefire in Syria
  • Feb 25 China briefly bans the letter 'N' as part of widespread censorship efforts
  • Feb 26 Cold weather nicknamed "the Beast from the East" hits Europe, killing 7 and covering Pompeii in snow
  • Feb 26 Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, receives its 1 millionth seed on 10 year anniversary
  • Feb 26 Global Seed Vault opens in Svalbard, Norway, to help preserve diversity and loss from other genebanks
  • Feb 26 7.5 magnitude earthquake in central Papa New Guinea kills at least 100

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Feb 27 Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump, has his top-secret security clearance at the White House downgraded

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner
  • Feb 28 700 illegal churches closed in Rwanda for being too noisy and lacking building permits

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Mar 1 Vladimir Putin in his annual state address claims Russia has an "invincible” intercontinental cruise missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Jan 2 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 90
  • Jan 5 John Young, American astronaut and 9th person to walk on the Moon (Gemini 3 & 10, Apollo 10 & 16, STS 1 & 9), dies of pneumonia complications at 87
  • Jan 7 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, dies from a heart attack at 97
  • Jan 9 Odvar Nordli, 21st Prime Minister of Norway (Labour: 1976-81), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Doreen Tracey, British-born American performer (Mickey Mouse Club-Mouseketeer), dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • Jan 15 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jan 18 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies at 89
  • Jan 20 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), dies of Parkinson's disease at 91
  • Jan 20 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, dies of chronic leukemia at 78
  • Jan 22 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Stansfield Turner, American admiral and CIA director (1977-81), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Wyatt Tee Walker, African-American pastor, civil rights leader, chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. and cultural historian, dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), dies at 103
  • Jan 24 Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), dies of cancer at 71

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

Jan 27 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), dies at 91

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad
  • Feb 2 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), dies of brain cancer at 63
  • Feb 14 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), dies at 78
  • Feb 17 Arno Motulsky, German-born founder of medical genetics, known as the "father of pharmacogenomics," dies at 94

Person of interestBilly Graham

Feb 21 Billy Graham, American Baptist evangelist (Crusades) described as 1 of the 20th century's most influential Christian leaders, dies at 99

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • Feb 25 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, dies of cardiogenic shock at 90
  • Mar 1 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), dies at 37
  • Mar 1 Orin C Smith, American businessman and CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), dies of pancreatic cancer 75
  • Mar 1 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-born American chess Grandmaster (1968), dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Javed Abidi, Indian disability rights activist, director (NCPEDP), and founder of the Disability Rights Group, dies of a chest infection at 53
  • Mar 5 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80
  • Mar 5 Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), dies at 90
  • Mar 5 Hayden White, American "literary criticism" historian (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe), dies at 89
  • Mar 6 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • Mar 6 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), dies of stomach cancer at 75
  • Mar 7 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), dies of a hip fracture and heart failure at 90
  • Mar 7 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, dies at 108
  • Mar 8 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), dies of respiratory failure at 89
  • Mar 8 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), dies of natural causes at 96
  • Mar 8 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 9 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, dies from complications of colon and liver cancer at 69
  • Mar 10 Count Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn's LBD) and founder of Givenchy (1952), dies at 91

Person of interestStephen Hawking

Mar 14 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), dies at 76

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • Mar 14 Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist, assassinated at 38
  • Mar 14 Adrián Lamo, American threat analyst and hacker (NYT, Yahoo!, Microsoft) who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI, dies at 37
  • Mar 14 Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist (Birds of September, A Cat’s Diary), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Michael Getler, American journalist and 1st ombudsman appointed by a US broadcasting network (PBS), dies of bile duct cancer at 82
  • Mar 15 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, dies of heart failure at 78
  • Mar 22 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, dies at 107
  • Mar 29 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), dies of cancer at 71

Person of interestEfraín Ríos Montt

Apr 1 Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemalan general and dictator (1982-83) convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, dies of a heart attack at 91

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt

Person of interestWinnie Mandela

Apr 2 Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, dies of a long illness at 81

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • Apr 3 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, dies of complications of surgery at 90
  • Apr 11 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, dies at 88
  • Apr 13 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), dies at 86

Person of interestBarbara Bush

Apr 17 Barbara Bush, First Lady of the US (1989-93) and wife of George H. W. Bush, dies following long illness at 92

US First Lady Barbara Bush
US First Lady
Barbara Bush
  • Apr 21 Nabi Tajima, Japanese supercentenarian and the last living person certified to have been born in the 19th century, dies at 117