Welcome to the year 2018! (Updated December 30, 2018)
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2018. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
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Printables for 2018:
Or bundle them…
2018 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):
Minimum Wage~ Highest: $12.50 in Washington D.C. & Lowest: $5.15 in Wyoming & Georgia (ncsl.org)
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $2.92 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $1.76 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.27 (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 50 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (Industry Average)~ $36,270 (Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.62 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $9.18 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house in November~ $326,800 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $62,262 (estimate based on 2.4% increase from 2015 to 2016, Census.gov. Data collected during the year 2018 and final number reported September 2019.)
2018 World Leaders:
Donald Trump, President of the United States
Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito, Emporer of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Emmanuel Macron, President of France
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2018 Top Televisions:
2018 Top Smart phones:
2018 Top Wearable Technology:
2018 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch FHD Notebook
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop Gaming PC
Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab A
iPad 9.7 inch (2018)
2018 Top Online Social Communities:
2018 Top Gaming systems:
2018 Top Tech Gadgets:
Electric, hybrid, and self-driving cars –
2018 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Chip and Joanna Gaines
Sterling K. Brown
2018 Top Athletes:
USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team (Olympic Gold)
Justify & Mike Smith
2018 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots 41-33
Daytona 500: Austin Dillon
The Kentucky Derby: Justify under jockey, Mike Smith win the Derby. They also go on to win the Belmont and Preakness races to claim the Triple Crown.
The Masters: Patrick Reed
Stanley Cup: Washington Capitals
NBA Championship: Golden State Warriors
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Novak Djokovic
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Angelique Kerber
FIFA World Cup: France
Women’s World Cup: next in 2019
World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1
Winter Olympics in South Korea: (Medal Count) Norway 39 medals, Germany 31 medals, Canada 29 medals, USA 23 medals
2018 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100)
Perfect~ Ed Sheeran–number 1 in January
God’s Plan~ Drake —number 1 in February
God’s Plan~ Drake —number 1 in March
God’s Plan~ Drake –number 1 in April
This Is America~ Childish Gambino —number 1 in May
Nice For What~ Drake —number 1 in June
Nice For What~ Drake —number 1 in July
In My Feelings~ Drake —number 1 in August
In My Feelings~ Drake —number 1 in September
Girls Like You~ Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B —number 1 in October
Thank U, Next~ Ariana Grande —number 1 in November
Thank U, Next~ Ariana Grande –number 1 in December
Other Popular Songs in 2018:
Havana~ Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
Rockstar~ Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
Thunder~ Imagine Dragons
Finesse~ Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
Meant To Be~ Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Delicate~ Taylor Swift
Heaven~ Kane Brown
Lucid Dreams~ Juice WRLD
Girls Like You~ Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
Mercy~ Brett Young
Tequila~ Dan + Shay
The Middle~ Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey
2018 Top Television Shows:
(thrillist.com & rottentomatoes.com)
Westworld (season 2)
Atlanta (season 2)
This Is Us (season 2 & 3)
Roseanne (season 10)
The Handmaid’s Tale (season 2)
The Good Fight (season 2)
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (season 2)
Babylon Berlin (season 1 & 2)
Silicon Valley (season 5)
Counterpart (season 1)
The Chi (season 1)
Billions (season 3)
Baskets (season 3)
The Americans (season 6)
2018 Top Movies:
Insidious 4 –number 1 in January
Black Panther –number 1 in February
Ready Player One –number 1 in March
A Quiet Place —number 1 in April
Deadpool 2 —number 1 in May
Incredibles 2 —number 1 in June
Ant Man and the Wasp —number 1 in July
Crazy Rich Asians —number 1 in August
The Nun —number 1 in September
Venom (2018) —number 1 in October
The Grinch (2018) —number 1 in November
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —number 1 in December
Other popular movies…
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim Uprising
Fifty Shades Freed
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Avengers: Infinity War
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Hotel Transylvania 3
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Star Is Born (2018)
2018 Top Books:
–Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ~ Michael Wolff
–A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership ~ James Comey
–12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos ~ Jordan B. Peterson
–A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) ~ Madeleine L’Engle
–The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life ~ Mark Manson
–You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life ~ Jen Sincero
–The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts ~ Gary Chapman
–Little Fires Everywhere ~ Celeste Ng
2018 Top Children’s Books:
–Love, Mama ~ Jeanette Bradley
–The Trials of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze ~ Rick Riordan
–Steam Train, Dream Train. Board Book ~ Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld
–There’s A Bear On My Chair ~ Ross Collins
–Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ~ Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo, EG (Gerald Kelley) Keller (Illustrator)
–Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) ~ Dav Pilkey
–Ready Player One: A Novel ~ Ernest Cline
2018 Top Fashion and Trends:
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Athletic inspired pieces
Women’s mule shoes
Boho skirts and dresses
Mid-drift baring tops
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
High-waisted pants and shorts for women
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse
Cole Haan Zerogrand dress shoes for men
Beards on men
Lumberjack look for men
2018 World Population:
7,540,337,420 and counting…
2018 Top News and Major Events:
January 20–22 – The United States government enters a federal government shutdown as a result of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
February 9–25 – The 2018 Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are followed by the Paralympics from March 9–18.
February 10 – Kay Goldsworthy becomes the first female archbishop in the Anglican Communion on her installation in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.
February 14 –
-Jacob Zuma resigns as President of South Africa, after nine years in power.
-A school shooting occurs at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17.
March 9 – President of the United States Donald Trump accepts an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a meeting in May to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea.
March 11 – China’s government approves a constitutional change that removes term limits for its leaders, granting Xi Jinping the status of “President for Life”. Xi is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (paramount leader).
March 18 – In the Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin is elected for a fourth term, winning approximately 75% of the vote.
March 24 – In over 800 cities internationally, people participate in student-led demonstrations against gun violence and mass shootings, calling for stronger gun control in the “March for Our Lives”.
March 28 – North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un meets Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping, leaving the country for the first time since assuming office in 2011.
April 4–15 – The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
April 6 – A semi-truck collides with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey junior team in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 and injuring 13 people.
April 8 – At least 70 people are reported to have died, with hundreds suffering injuries, after a sarin chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.
April 9 – The F.B.I. raids the office of Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film actress.
April 11 – Facebook’s Chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, faces members of Congress at Capitol Hill after detailed personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users ended up in the hands of a voter-profiling company called Cambridge Analytica during the 2017 elections.
April 13 – The United States, the United Kingdom and France order the bombing of Syrian military bases, in response to the Sarin attack allegedly by the Bashar al-Assad regime on civilians in Ghouta.
April 19 – Miguel Díaz-Canel is sworn in as President of Cuba, marking the first time since 1959 that neither Castro brother is leading Cuba.
April 27 – Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in, becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the Demilitarized Zone since its creation in 1953.
May 3 – The 2018 lower Puna eruption causes destruction of structures and forces many citizens of Hawaii to evacuate as lava floods the land.
May 8 – U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement. In a statement, former U.S. President Barack Obama calls the move “a serious mistake”.
May 25 – The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, imposing strict privacy controls for European citizens worldwide.
May 31 – The U.S. announces that it will extend its tariffs on imported steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) to include the EU, Mexico and Canada, starting at midnight.
June 3 – At least 109 people are killed and hundreds wounded by the eruption of Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala’s deadliest volcano for over a century.
June 8–9 – The 44th G7 summit is held in Canada. President Trump pushes for the reinstatement of the G8 (to include Russia). He also proposes the elimination of tariffs.
June 12 – The 2018 North Korea–United States summit is held in Singapore. It is the first summit between a United States President and the North Korean leader.
June 19 – The United States announces it will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
July 5 – The 2018 North American heat wave takes place, killing 33 people in the Canadian province of Quebec.
July 6 – U.S. tariffs on US$ 34 billion of Chinese goods come into effect, as President Trump suggests the final total could reach $550bn. China accuses the U.S. of starting the “largest trade war in economic history” and announces immediate retaliatory tariffs.
July 10 – Twelve boys and their football coach are successfully rescued from the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, following a 17-day ordeal that gained worldwide attention.
July 17 – The EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is signed, the world’s largest bilateral free trade deal, creating an open trade zone covering nearly one-third of global GDP.
July 26 – Heavy wildfires in Greece leave 87 dead and more than a hundred buildings destroyed.
July 26 – The share price of Facebook drops by almost 20 percent after the company warns investors that user growth has slowed following the data leak scandal. Over $109bn is wiped from its market value, the largest single day loss in corporate history.
August 2 – Apple Inc. becomes the world’s first public company to achieve a market capitalization of $1 trillion.
August 2 – Pope Frances declares the death penalty unacceptable in all cases, reversing church teachings and adding to Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.
August 4 – President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela survives an assassination attempt by drone, live on TV.
August 7 – Mendocino Fire becomes the largest recorded fire in California’s history at 290,600 acres, overtaking 2017 Thomas Fire.
August 7 – The United States reimposes sanctions on Iran.
August 14 – Part of the Morandi Bridge collapses after a violent storm in Genoa, Italy, causing 38 fatalities. Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and transport minister Danilo Toninelli blame private company Autostrade per l’Italia.
August 16 – Pope Francis and the Vatican issues statement in support of the 300 victims of “predator priests” in Pennsylvania.
August 21 – Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at direction of Trump to women Trump had affairs with.
August 25 – Beloved Senator and war hero, John McCain, died at the age of 81.
September 2 – A fire destroys the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.
September 4 – Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, Jebi hits Tokushima prefecture, swamping Kansai airport and killing at least 11.
September 6 – The Supreme Court of India decriminalises homosexuality.
September 14 – Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a category 1 hurricane.
September 25 – Comedian Bill Cosby is sentenced 3 to 10 years in state prison for sexual assault.
September 28 – A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia, causing a tsunami that kills at least 2,010 people and injures more than 10,679 others.
October 1 – The United States, Mexico and Canada agree a new trade deal to replace NAFTA.
October 6 – After weeks of sexual assault accusations against him, Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
October 8 – The IPCC releases its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, warning that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are needed to ensure that global warming is kept below 1.5°C.
October 10 – Hurricane Michael makes landfall at Mexico Beach, Florida, with winds of 155 mph and a minimum pressure of 919 mbar. It is the most intense hurricane to hit the mainland United States since Camille in 1969.
October 15 – U.S. Treasury Department reports that U.S. deficit rose 17% since last year, the highest it has been since 2012.
October 20 – 700,000 people march through central London demanding a second referendum on the final Brexit deal.
October 27– Michael D. Higgins is officially declared President of Ireland after receiving 822,566 first preference votes.
November 6 – U.S. midterm elections saw a record number of voters. The Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives and made gains at the state level while the Republican Party expanded its majority in the Senate.
November 8 – The Camp Fire ignites in Butte County, California. It becomes California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, with 88 deaths and 18,804 buildings destroyed.
December 1–8 – France experiences its worst civil unrest since the protests of 1968 due to the yellow vests movement.
December 12 – Michael Cohen, ex-attorney of President Donald Trump, is sentenced to 3 years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal Trump’s alleged sexual affairs.
December 21 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 22,445 after its worst week since 2008.
December 22 – The United States federal government shuts down because neither legislation appropriating funds for the upcoming fiscal year, specifically funding for the U.S.- Mexico border wall, nor a temporary continuing resolution was enacted in time.
2018 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com, People.com, Onthisday.com)
January 2 – Chip and Joanna Gaines, from TV show ‘Fixer Upper’, announce they are expecting their fifth child.
January 7 – Oprah Winfrey receives the Cecil B. de Mille award at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Her acceptance speech sparks rumors of a presidential candidacy.
January 16 – 24 – Former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, is sentenced for the sexual abuse of more than 150 girls and women. In the week long hearing, many of the victims spoke out against Nassar for the abuse they experienced. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.
January 16 – Reality star, Kim Kardashian West and rapper husband, Kanye West welcome their third child via surrogate. They named their new baby girl, Chicago West.
February 1 – After months of public speculation, American television reality star, Kylie Jenner and rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott welcome daughter Stormi. She officially announces her pregnancy and daughter’s arrival via social media on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th.
February 4 – Television series ‘This Is Us’ airs episode after the Super Bowl finally revealing how Jack dies. Mass Crockpot paranoia begins after episode aired.
February 15 – American actress, Jennifer Aniston and actor husband, Justin Theroux announce their separation after two and a half years of marriage.
February 21 – Beloved American evangelist, Billy Graham dies at the age of 99.
March 4 – ‘Shape of Water’ receives Oscar for ‘Best Picture’ at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.
March 14 – English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, dies at the age of 76.
April 2 – American actor, Channing Tatum, and Jenna Dewan announce their split after nine years of marriage.
April 12 – American television reality star, Khloe Kardashian and her NBA player boyfriend, Tristan Thompson welcome daughter True Thompson.
April 14 – American icon, Beyonce, breaks YouTube record with Coachella performance. She reunites on stage with fellow Destiny’s Child members, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland and sends fans into a frenzy.
April 17 – 41st First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush, dies at the age of 92.
April 18 – Cinemas opened in Saudi Arabia after 35 years, with Black Panther as the first movie.
April 20 – Popular musician, Avicii (Tim Bergling) dies at the age of 28.
May 19 – The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George’s Chapel, England, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion.
May 29 – Popular television series Roseanne is cancelled after actress Roseanne Barr posts a racist tweet.
June 5 – American designer, Kate Spade dies at the age of 55.
June 8 – Anthony Bourdain, a highly influential American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian, dies at the age of 61.
June 14 – July 15 – The 2018 FIFA World Cup is held in Russia.
June 19 – Canada becomes the first major industrialised country to legalise cannabis for recreational use. The bill which legalises cannabis will take effect on October 17.
June 21 – Chip and Joanna Gaines, from popular tv show Fixer Upper, welcome fifth child. They named their new son, Crew.
June 24 – Saudi Arabia allows women to drive.
July 24 – American singer, Demi Lovato is hospitalized after apparent drug overdose after being sober for years.
August 13 – American professional wrestler, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart died at the age of 63.
August 16 – American icon, singer & songwriter Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76.
September 1 – Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologises for groping Ariana Grande during Aretha Franklin’s funeral service.
September 4 – Amazon becomes America’s second trillion dollar company.
September 5 – Anonymous senior White house official opinion piece “I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration” published by the New York Times.
September 8 – US Open Women’s Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match.
September 10 – John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice win Emmys for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, making them all EGOT winners. John Legend is the first black male winner.
September 23 – Tiger Woods fires final round 71 to beat Billy Horschel by 2 and win the Tour Championship at East Lake GC in Atlanta: Woods’ 80th PGA Tour win; first in 5 years; Justin Rose wins FedEx Cup crown, $10m bonus.
September 23 – 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws 17 yard pass to Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre’s record of 6,300 completions; Saints beat Falcons 43-37.
September 25 – US fashion company Michael Kors buys Italian brand Versace for $2.1 billion.
September 25 – Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign from Instagram and parent company Facebook.
September 27 – US Securities and Exchange Commission files lawsuit accusing Elon Musk of securities fraud for a series of false and misleading tweets about a potential transaction to take Tesla private.
September 28 – Up to 50 million Facebook accounts hacked due to a code weakness.
October 3 – 259 people have died taking selfies since 2011 according to study in “Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care”.
October 15 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announce that they are pregnant with their first child.
November 30 – George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, dies at the age of 94.
December 7 – The U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union reports that, by the end of 2018, more than half – a full 51.2 percent – of the world’s population are now using the Internet.
December 13 – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo launches and is successful in making it to space. This success is an important milestone to Branson’s dream of space tourism.
(Wikipedia.com, livescience.com, iflscience.com, onthisday.com)
January 24 – Scientists in China report in the journal Cell the creation of the first monkey clones using somatic cell nuclear transfer, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua.
January 31 – A total lunar eclipse takes place. The Moon appears as supermoon, with perigee being on January 30. It is also the first blue moon eclipse since 1983. It was also referred to as the super blue blood moon.
February 6 – SpaceX successfully conducts its maiden flight of its most powerful rocket to date, the Falcon Heavy, from LC39A at John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
March 9 – NASA medical researchers report that human spaceflight may alter gene expression in astronauts, based on twin studies where one astronaut twin, Scott Kelly, spent nearly one year in space while the other, Mark Kelly, remained on Earth.
April 27 – Stephen Hawking’s final paper – A smooth exit from eternal inflation? – is published in the Journal of High-Energy Physics.
May 5 – NASA’s unmanned spaceprobe InSight is launched. It is expected to land on Mars in November and use a drill to conduct geological science.
June 8 – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveils Summit as the world’s most powerful supercomputer, with a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops.
July 25 – Scientists report the presence of a subglacial lake on Mars, 1.5 km below the southern polar ice cap and extending sideways about 20 km, the first known body of water on the planet.
July 27 – The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century occurs and Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since 2003.
August 12 – NASA launches the unmanned Parker Solar Probe to study the Sun at close range and the solar wind.
September 23 – Japan’s space agency is the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid – Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft.
September 27 – Half of all orca could die through pollution involving polychlorinated biphenyls in the ocean, according to study published in “Science”.
October 3 – First exomoon, moon outside the solar system, discovered 8,000 years away (size of Neptune) by astronomers at Columbia University.
November 26 – NASA’s InSight probe successfully lands on the surface of Mars.
December 3 – NASA reports the arrival of the OSIRIS-REx probe at Bennu, the agency’s first sample-return mission to an asteroid.