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2018 in History (Part 8)

Events in History

Events 701 - 800 of 926

  • Oct 13 Oldest known human remains from Poland at 115,000 years from revealed to be Neanderthal child from Ciemna Cave eaten by a large bird

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Oct 13 Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops for alleged sexual abuse of minors

  • Oct 14 Flash floods in Aude region, France kill at least 10 people
  • Oct 15 Caravan of up to 4,000 Central American migrants that started in Honduras reaches Guatemala, heading for Mexico and the US
  • Oct 15 American retailer Sears files for bankruptcy
  • Oct 15 At least 180,000 migrants driven out of Anglo and back into the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Oct 15 Indian minister and editor MJ Akbar files a defamation case after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women in #MeToo case

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Oct 16 Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denies knowledge of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi according to President Trump

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
  • Oct 16 Man Booker Prize is won by Anna Burns' "Milkman", the first winner from Northern Ireland
  • Oct 16 Chairman of China's Xinjiang’s government defends its detention camps for Uighur Muslims saying they provided “vocational education and training”
  • Oct 17 India's junior foreign minister MJ Akbar is highest official to resign in #MeToo case after sexual harassment accusations by numerous women
  • Oct 17 Canada legalizes the sale of recreational cannabis, the second country after Uruguay
  • Oct 17 Australian state of Queensland decriminalizes abortion
  • Oct 17 Student shoots and detonates a bomb killing 20 with 40 injured at Kerch polytechnic college, Crimea
  • Oct 20 Australia's center-right coalition government loses its 1-seat majority by losing the Wentworth by-election
  • Oct 20 12,000 year old fossil called "Luzia", oldest known fossil in South America announced found mostly intact after devastating fire at Brazil's National Museum

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Oct 20 President Trump threatens to pull the US out of an arms control agreement with Russia because Russia has violated its terms

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Oct 21 Train derails in Yilan County, Taiwan, killing 18 and injuring 178
  • Oct 21 Sectarian fighting between Muslim and Christian youths kill 55 at Kasuwan Magani, Nigeria

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Oct 22 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes a public apology to victims of child sexual abuse in institutions

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • Oct 22 Cameroon's President Paul Biya wins seventh term in office, extending his 36 years in office, in election marred by intimidation and low turnout

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Oct 22 Pipe bomb sent to George Soros' New York home address, first Democrat to receive series of pipe bombs in US

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros
  • Oct 23 Microplastics found in human stools for the first time by Austrian scientists

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Oct 23 World's longest sea-crossing bridge, the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai bridge at 55km, opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 23 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects Saudi claim journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed accidentally, says it was premeditated murder

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Oct 23 World's oldest intact shipwreck, ancient Greek vessel 2,400 years old, found at bottom of the Black Sea by archaeologists
  • Oct 23 European Commission rejects Italy's budget, first country to be rejected
  • Oct 24 Largest jackpot in US history at $1.6 billion won by one person in South Carolina
  • Oct 24 Scientists confirm East Island in Hawaii, half a mile long, has been wiped out after contact with Hurricane Walaka
  • Oct 24 EU directive bans single-use plastics by 2021
  • Oct 25 First work of art produced by artificial intelligence "Edmond de Belamy" conceived by Obvious sells for $432,500 at Christie's in New York
  • Oct 25 Flash floods near the Red Sea in Jordan kill 17 as a school bus is washed away
  • Oct 25 Super Typhoon Yutu strikes the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian with winds of 180mph (290km/h)
  • Oct 25 Sahle-Work Zewde becomes Ethiopia's first female President and Africa's only female head of state after being elected by parliament
  • Oct 25 Google says it has fired 48 people for sexual harassment after New York Times reveals Android creator Andy Rubin got $90 package when let go for sexual harassment
  • Oct 26 Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc arrested for sending 14 pipe bombs to prominent US Democrats

  • Oct 26 Rhine River in drought with lowest levels since 1920s forces German government to release oil reserves after barge shipments disrupted
  • Oct 27 Gunman shoots and kills 11 people and injures six at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in an anti-Semitic attack
  • Oct 27 Australian 7-year old mare Winx wins unprecedented fourth consecutive Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne; her record 29th-straight win and her 22nd Group 1 racing success
  • Oct 28 Michael D. Higgins is re-elected Irish president
  • Oct 28 Political crisis in Sri Lanka after President Sirisena sacks Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the cabinet, suspends parliament for two weeks with one man killed in protests

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 29 Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil's presidential election defeating Fernando Haddad

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro

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Oct 29 New mega airport opened in Istanbul by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, planning to be world' busiest with 90 million passengers by 2021

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Oct 29 German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces she will not seek re-election in 2021 and step down as party leader

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Oct 29 Japanese Princess Ayako of Japan marries commoner Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, giving up her royal status
  • Oct 29 World Scrabble Championship won for the fourth time by New Zealand Malaysian Nigel Richards with the word "groutier" (bad-tempered)
  • Oct 29 New research says cacao tree first used in Ecuador by Mayo Chinchipe culture, 5000 years ago, not in central America as previously thought
  • Oct 29 Storms in Italy kill at least 11 with 75% of Venice flooded and two tornadoes striking Terracina
  • Oct 29 Lion Air flight JT 610 crashes into the sea just after takeoff near Jakarta, Indonesia, with the loss of all 189 on board
  • Oct 30 Boston organized crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger killed shortly after arriving at US Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, at 89
  • Oct 30 WWF conservation group says "exploding human consumption" has caused a 60% decline in all wildlife between 1970 and 2014
  • Oct 30 US Pentagon sends 5,200 troops to Mexican border in advance of migrant caravan from Central America
  • Oct 30 German ex-nurse Niels Högel admits in court to killing over 100 patients, making him one of the world's worst serial killers
  • Oct 31 In landmark verdict, Pakistani Supreme Court acquits Christian woman of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed after eight years on death row
  • Oct 31 US and Great Britain call for a cease-fire in Saudi-led war in Yemen, in 3-year war that has claimed over 10,000 lives and created famine conditions

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Oct 31 Worlds biggest statue, the Statue of Unity is unveiled of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at 182 meters in Gujarat state

Indian Freedom Fighter and Politician Sardar Patel
Indian Freedom Fighter and Politician
Sardar Patel
  • Nov 1 Palau becomes the first country to ban sunscreen and its chemicals which bleach coral reefs
  • Nov 1 Google employees stage mass walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment
  • Nov 1 Ground assault mounted on Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by Saudi-backed government forces
  • Nov 2 Tiger thought to have killed 13 people shot dead after month-long hunt near Pandharkawada, central India
  • Nov 3 Truck loses control hitting 31 cars and killing at least 15 people near a tollbooth in Lanzhou, China
  • Nov 4 Death toll from week-long storm in Italy rises to 29 with death of nine people in floods in Casteldaccia, Sicily
  • Nov 4 New York City Marathon: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia runs 2:05:59, 2nd fastest men's time in history; Kenya's Mary Keitany captures her 4th women's NYC crown in 2:22:48
  • Nov 5 Child suicide rate in Japan at 30-year high with 250 taking their lives 2016/17 according to Government Ministry
  • Nov 5 More than 80 students and teachers kidnapped from a boarding school in Bamenda, Cameroon
  • Nov 5 "Big Brother" reality show has its last episode in the UK on Channel 5, having run since 2000
  • Nov 5 Taskforce set up to identify and punish LGBT people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Nov 5 NASA's Voyager 2 probe leaves the solar system, becoming the second human-made object to reach interstellar space

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • Nov 6 More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of victims of ISIS discovered in former ISIS held areas according to UN report

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Nov 6 Great Britain's Prince Charles calls slavery "an indelible stain" but stops short of an apology in a speech in Accra, Ghana

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Nov 6 In US Midterm elections Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives after eight years, the Senate is held by Republicans
  • Nov 6 Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) are the first Muslim women to be elected to the US House of Representatives
  • Nov 6 Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Deb Haaland (New Mexico) are the first Native American women to be elected to the US House of Representatives
  • Nov 6 Colorado votes to abolish slavery as a form of punishment in state constitution
  • Nov 6 Colorado elects Jared Polis, the country's first openly male gay governor

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 6 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) is the youngest person ever elected to the US House of representatives at 29 years

US Congresswoman and Activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
US Congresswoman and Activist
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Nov 6 Human longevity less than 10% dependant on genetics according to study published in journal "Genetics" based on 400 million people from Ancestry
  • Nov 6 Record 19 black female judicial candidates all elected in Harris County, Texas, after campaigning together under "Black Girl Magic"
  • Nov 7 Ex-marine opens fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, shooting 12, including a police officer, and himself
  • Nov 7 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appoints Matthew Whitaker in his place as acting Attorney General
  • Nov 7 World's oldest figurative painting of a beast at least 40,000 years old identified in Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave, Indonesian Borneo
  • Nov 8 Mass grave of 200 people discovered on border of Somali and Oromia regions, Ethiopia, in investigation into atrocities by former regional president Abdi Mohammed
  • Nov 8 Virtual newsreader unveiled by China's state news agency Xinhua News, able to work 24 hours a day
  • Nov 8 Authorities report more than 150 people have been killed in week-long assault by government forces on port of Hudaydah in Yemen
  • Nov 8 Azerbaijan woman who spent £16m in Harrods granted bail in UK after being arrested for suspested embezzlement under new laws
  • Nov 8 Deadliest fire in Californian history, the Camp Fire starts at Plumas National Forest spreads in Butte County destroying town of Paradise, more than 13,000 buildings and killing at least 88
  • Nov 8 Woolsey Fire starts near Thousand Oaks, California with Malibu and Calabasas evacuated, kills three
  • Nov 8 Qatar delivers $15 million in cash to pay civil servants in Gaza after earlier sending fuel to increase electricity from 4 to 8 hours a day
  • Nov 9 Amid Californian forest fires US President Donald Trump accuses state forest management of "gross mismanagement", threatens to withhold funding
  • Nov 9 Mudslide after heavy rain in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil kills 10
  • Nov 9 Attacker stabs three, killing one in Melbourne, Australia, with homeless man hailed as hero for using shopping trolley to stop him
  • Nov 9 Three car bombs explode in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 52 people and injuring 100

Victory in BattleEnd of World War I

Nov 11 On centenary of WWI Armistice Day French President Macron urges world to reject Nationalism in speech to under Arc de Triomphe in Paris

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This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
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Nov 11 Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba sets new record for their Singles Day sale, $1 billion in 85 seconds, $30.8bn in 24 hours

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Nov 11 Democratic Republic of Congo announces its worst-ever outbreak of Ebola with 198 deaths
  • Nov 12 Israeli secret operation in Gaza kills eight including one Israeli and an Hamas Commander, igniting tensions with retaliatory rocket attack from Gaza

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 12 Former US First lady Michelle Obama publishes her memoir "Becoming"

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Nov 13 Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court blocks President Maithripala Sirisena from dissolving parliament

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Nov 13 Trial of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán begins in New York

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • Nov 13 Four members of a family arrested for the Rhoden family massacre where eight people were shot, south of Columbus, Ohio in 2016

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