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December 2018 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Violent demonstrations in Paris, France, by yellow-vest movement with 36,000 protesting nationwide
  • Dec 1 Syrian shadow puppetry added to UN list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Dec 2 Andrés Manuel López Obrador is sworn in as President of Mexico

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

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

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Dec 2 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari denies he has died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor after ill health

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • Dec 3 Dutch court in Arnhem rejects man's request to legally be recognised 20 years younger

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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

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

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

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 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
  • 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"

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 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

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

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 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 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

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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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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 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 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
  • 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

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

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
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

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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

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 US military confirms it has killed 62 fighters from Islamist group al-Shabab in air strikes in Somalia
  • 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 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 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 22 Partial shutdown of US federal government begins

Krakatoa: The World’s Mightiest ExplosionKrakatoa: 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

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Anak Krakatau – the “Child of Krakatoa” – erupts in December, 2018, causing more than 400 deaths
Anak Krakatau – the “Child of Krakatoa” – erupts in December, 2018, causing more than 400 deaths
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  • Dec 26 American Colin O'Brady is the first person to cross Antarctica solo and unassisted after 54 days at the Ross Ice Shelf
  • 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 31 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wins third term in Bangladesh elections with 17 people killed in violent clashes

Deaths in History

  • 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 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 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 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), dies at 77
  • Dec 18 David Austin, English rose breeder (Austin roses), dies at 92
  • 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 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 28 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), dies at 108
  • Dec 28 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 93