2018 in History

Events in History

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

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 11 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92