A Look Back at 2018

Here we are at the end of 2018. This year seemed to go by so quickly. I thought it would be fun to look back at things that happened in 2018, many of which we probably have forgotten about already!

Here are some of the top stories on 2018…

January 12th – News of the alleged Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump liaison breaks.

January 24th – A former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

February 4th – Super Bowl 52: The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33.

March 15th – Toys ‘R’ Us announced they were going to liquidate all of their stores and cease operations.

April 10th – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress and apologized for his company’s shortcomings and failure to protect users’ information.

April 17th – Former First Lady Barbara Bush died at the age 92.

May 19th – The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

June 7th – The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-games-to-1 to win the NHL’s Stanley Cup.

June 8th – The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in 4 games to win the NBA championship.

July 15th – France beat Croatia to win soccer’s World Cup.

August 16th – The “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, passed away at the age of 76.

August 25th – Senator John McCain died just days shy of his 82nd birthday.

September 14th – Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina shore. The drenching rain continued for days and caused billions in damage and more than 50 deaths.

September 25th – Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault.

October 10th – Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle with 155-mile-per-hour winds. It was the third strongest storm ever to make landfall in the U.S. A total of 60 people died in the storm.

October 23rd – An anonymous person in South Carolina won the $1.537 billion Megamillions jackpot. It was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

October 28th – The Boston Red Sox defeated the L.A. Dodgers 4-games-to-1 to win Baseball’s World Series.

November 6th – Michigan voters decided to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use by a comfortable 56-44 percent margin.

November 25th – In Northern California, The Camp Fire was finally contained after destroying 18,793 structures and killing 88 people.

November 30th – Former President George H.W. Bush passes away at age 94.

December 22nd – The government was partially shut down after the House and Senate failed to pass a spending bill. President Donald Trump insisted he would not sign any spending bill that did not include $5 billion for a border wall.


People we lost in 2018…

January 19th – Olivia Cole, 75, Emmy-winning star of the mini-series Roots.
January 23rd – Joel Taylor, 38, a star of the Discovery Channel reality show Storm Chasers.
February 4th – John Mahoney, 77, actor who starred in Frasier and Moonstruck.
February 7th – Mickey Jones, 76, actor who starred in Total Recall and Sling Blade.
February 21st – Vic Damone, 99, singer best known for “You’re Breaking My Heart.”
March 3rd – David Ogden Stiers, 75, actor who played Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H.
March 13th – Stephen Hawking, 76, disabled British physicist.
April 1st – Steven Bochco, 74, creator and producer of Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue and Doogie Howser, M.D.
April 4th – Johnny Valiant, 71, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler.
April 2nd – Susan Anspach, 75, actress best known for Five Easy Pieces and Play It Again, Sam.
April 11th – Mitzi Shore, 87, founder and owner of The Comedy Store, mother of Pauly Shore.
April 13th – Art Bell, 72, syndicated radio host of Coast to Coast AM.
April 13th – Milos Forman, 86, Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus.
April 15th – R. Lee Ermey, 74, actor best known for Full Metal Jacket.
April 16th – Harry Anderson, 65, actor best known for Night Court.
April 17th – Barbara Bush, 92, former First Lady.
April 18th – Bruno Sammartino, 82, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler.
April 21st – Verne Troyer, 49, actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films.
April 27th – Paul Junger Witt, 77, producer of The Golden Girls and Soap.
May 13th – Margot Kidder, 69, actress who played Lois Lane in the original Superman movies.
May 24th – Jerry Maren, 98, the last surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz.
June 5th – Kate Spade, 55, fashion designer.
June 8th – Anthony Bourdain, 61, celebrity chef, author and host of CNN’s No Reservations.
June 27th – Joe Jackson, 89, music manager and father of Michael and Janet Jackson.
June 29th – Steve Ditko, 90, legendary comic book artist who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee.
July 8th – Tab Hunter, 86, actor best known for Damn Yankees.
August 5th – Charlotte Rae, 92, star of Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.
August 16th – Aretha Franklin, 76, legendary singer.
August 25th – John McCain, 81, war hero, senator and Republican presidential candidate.
August 26th – Neil Simon, 91, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
September 4th – Bill Daily, 91, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show)
September 6th – Burt Reynolds, 82, star of such movies as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights.
October 15th – Paul Allen, 65, co-founder of Microsoft.
November 12th – Stan Lee, 95, comic book legend who co-created Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The X-Men, among many other famous characters.
November 16th – William Goldman, 87, Oscar-winning screenwriter for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men.
November 26th – Stephen Hillenburg, 57, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants.
November 30th – George H.W. Bush, 94, 41st President of the United States.
December 1st – Ken Berry, 85, actor who starred in “F Troop”, “Mayberry R.F.D.”, and “Mama’s Family”.
December 17th – Penny Marshall, 75, actress and director who played Laverne on TV’s “Laverne & Shirley”.

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