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2018 ( MMXVIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 18th year of the Anno Domini 3rd millennium, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2010s decade.
2018 was designated as the third International Year of the Reef by the
International Coral Reef Initiative. 
January 13 - The killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake encounter staged by the police officer Rao Anwar in Karachi, Pakistan sparked countrywide protests against extrajudicial killings. The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (Pashtun Protection Movement), led by Manzoor Pashteen, launched a campaign to seek justice for Mehsud. 
January 20 - Turkey, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, announces the beginning of a military offensive to capture a portion of northern Syria from Kurdish forces, amidst the ongoing Kurdish-Turkish conflict.  
January 20- 22 - The US government enters a federal government shutdown as a result of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 
January 24 - Scientists in China report in the journal the creation of the first Cell monkey clones using somatic cell nuclear transfer, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua.     January 31 - A total lunar eclipse takes place, the 49th eclipse of Lunar Saros 124. This was referred to by the media as a 'super blue blood moon' as it was close to a supermoon, with perigee being on January 30, and a blue moon eclipse, the first since 1982.
March 4 - Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, are poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, England. UK  counter-terrorism police investigate amid speculation the Kremlin was behind the incident. 
March 6 - 2018 Russian Air Force Antonov An-26 crash: An Antonov An-26 transport aircraft operated by the Russian Air Force crashes on approach to Khmeimim air base in Syria, killing all 39 people on board. All of them were servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces, including Major-General Vladimir Yeremeyev. 
March 9- 18 - The 2018 Winter Paralympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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 denuclearisation 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 12 - Flight BS211 crashes and bursts into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal, killing 51 of the 71 people aboard. The 20 surviving passengers were seriously injured from the impact and the fire. 
March 14 - In response to gun violence in the United States, and particularly triggered by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, thousands of high school students across the country participate in an organized protest they called the National School Walkout. 
March 18 - In the Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin is elected for a fourth term. 
March 19 - The world's last male northern white rhinoceros dies in Kenya, making the subspecies functionally extinct.  
March 23 - An Islamic terrorist attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes, France, kills five people, including the perpetrator. 
March 24 - In over 900 cities internationally, people participate in demonstrations against gun violence and mass shootings, calling for stronger gun control in the " March for Our Lives".
April 4- 15 - The 2018 Commonwealth Games are held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
April 5 - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is given an arrest warrant after a vote by the Supreme Court voted 6-5 in favor of denying his , due to corruption and other scandals. habeas corpus
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 7 - A man drives a van into people seated outside restaurants in a pedestrianised square in the old part of the German city of Münster, in the 2018 Münster attack.
April 8 - Syrian Civil War: At least 70 people are reported to have died and hundreds suffering injuries after a sarin chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta. 
April 11 - 257 people are killed after an Ilyushin Il-76 belonging to the Algerian Air Force crashes near Algiers. 
April 14 - Syrian Civil War: 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 23 - A vehicle-ramming attack kills 10 people and injures 16 others in Toronto, Canada. A 25-year-old suspect, Alek Minassian, is arrested.  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. 
The separatist group
ETA officially announces its final dissolution after 40 years of conflict and more than 800 deaths in Spain.   The 2018 lower Puna eruption causes destruction of structures and forces thousands of residents of Hawaii to evacuate as lava floods the land.
May 5 - NASA's unmanned space probe is launched. It landed on InSight Mars in November and uses a drill to conduct geological science. 
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 8- 12 - The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is held in Lisbon, Portugal, and is won by Israeli entrant Netta Barzilai with the song " Toy".
May 9 - The opposition-led Pakatan Harapan coalition, led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, secures a parliamentary majority in the Malaysian Parliament, ending the 61-year rule of the Barisan Nasional coalition since independence in 1957. 
May 16 - The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, pardons Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who is immediately released. 
May 18 - Cubana de Aviación Flight 972 crashes shortly after take-off near José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba, killing 112 people and leaving only one survivor. 
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 20 - The 2018 Venezuelan presidential election was held with incumbent President Nicolás Maduro reelected with 67.8% of the vote and the lowest turnout in Venezuela's modern democratic history since the 1958 coup d'état. The elections were denounced as a "sham" by several Latin American countries, the  United States, Canada, the Organization of American States and the European Union.
May 24 - Foreign journalists report that tunnels in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site have been destroyed by the North Korean government in a move to reduce regional tensions. 
May 25 The
European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, imposing strict privacy controls for European citizens worldwide.  A constitutional referendum on whether to repeal
the ban on abortion in Ireland takes place, with a landslide win of 66.4% to 33.6% for the repeal side.  
Champions league Final is held in Kyiv, Ukraine where football clubs Real Madrid and Liverpool face off to become defending champions 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. 
Leaders of North Korea and the United States met for the first time at the
Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko Asahara and six other main members of Aum Shinrikyo, who led the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack, are executed by hanging.   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 7 – 2018 Japan floods, a torrential heavy massive rain, flash flood, landslide hit in Hiroshima, Kurashiki and Ehime Prefecture, Japan. According to Japanese government official confirmed report, killing 232 were persons, 459 persons were hurt.
July 9 - Eritrea and Ethiopia officially declare an end to their twenty-year conflict.  
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 11- 12 - The 2018 Brussels NATO summit is held in Belgium. 
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 23 - The Saddle Dam D in Paksong, Laos collapsed leaving up to 1100 people missing. 
July 25 - Scientists report the presence of a subglacial lake on Mars, 1.5 km (0.93 mi) below the southern polar ice cap and extending sideways about 20 km (12 mi), the first known body of water on the planet.  
wildfires in Greece leave 102 dead and more than a hundred buildings destroyed.   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 $109 billion is wiped from its market value, the largest single day loss in corporate history. 
July 27 - The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century occurs, lasting 102 minutes and 57.3 seconds, but the longest total lunar eclipse of the 3rd millennium will occur on May 12, 2264, lasting 106 minutes and 13.2 seconds, over 3 minutes longer than this eclipse. It was the 38th eclipse of  Lunar Saros 129, with an umbral eclipse magnitude of 1.60868. The total lunar eclipse with the greatest magnitude in the 21st century will occur on June 26, 2029, with an umbral eclipse magnitude of 1.84362. July 31 - Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since 2003, four days after reaching opposition. 
September 2 - A fire breaks out in the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, destroying more than 90 percent of its archive of 20 million items.  
September 6 - The Supreme Court of India decriminalises homosexuality. 
September 16 - Hydrail train enters service on the Buxtehude- Bremervörde- Bremerhaven- Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony, Germany. 
September 17 - Syrian Civil War: While the Israeli Air Force conduct missile strikes that hit targets in western Syria, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane is shot down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile, killing all 15 Russian servicemen on board. Russia blamed Israel's military for the accident because the Israeli jets that conducted the strikes allegedly used the Russian plane as cover to allow them to approach their targets without being hit by Syrian fire. 
September 20 - The MV on Nyerere capsizes Lake Victoria, killing at least 228 passengers. 
September 22 - An attack at a military parade kills 30 people (including 5 attackers) and injures 70 more in Ahvaz, Iran.  September 28 - A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia, causing a tsunami that kills at least 4,340 people and injures more than 10,679 others.  
October 2 - journalist The Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi is murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, triggering a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia. 
October 6 - The United States Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the United States Supreme Court by a margin of 50-48, making it the closest successful confirmation vote of a Supreme Court nominee since 1881. 
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 as a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 919 mb (27.1 inHg). It is the most intense hurricane to hit the mainland United States since Camille in 1969. 
October 16 - Canada legalises the sale and use of cannabis, becoming the second country in the world to do so, after Uruguay in 2013. 
October 17 - A school shooting and bomb attack in Kerch, Crimea, kills 20 people and injures 70 others. 
October 23 - The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the world's longest sea crossing bridge, is opened by Chinese Paramount leader Xi Jinping. 
October 28 - The far-right Jair Bolsonaro is elected as the next President of Brazil, with 55% of the vote.  
October 29 - Lion Air Flight 610 crashes off the coast of Java, killing all 189 people on board.  October 30 - NASA's mission ends after the spacecraft runs out of fuel. Kepler 
November 1 - NASA's mission concludes after it runs out of Dawn hydrazine fuel. 
November 4 - New Caledonia holds an independence referendum, with 56.4% voting against independence versus 43.6% in favour.
November 5 - Two U.S. space probes simultaneously (and coincidentally) reach "opposite" milestones in relation to the solar heliosphere:  Voyager 2 passed through the heliopause, the outer limit of the Sun's magnetic field, into interstellar space within hours of the  Parker Solar Probe reaching its first perihelion, the closest point to the Sun on its initial orbit. 
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. 
November 11 - Many nations around the world, particularly ones in Europe and the Commonwealth, along with the United States, commemorate the ending of the World War I centenary with Armistice Day, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day ceremonies, speeches, parades, and memorials. 
November 26 - NASA's probe successfully lands on the surface of InSight Mars. 
November 27 - Ukrainian crisis: Ukraine declares martial law after an armed incident in which the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) coast guard fired upon and captured three Ukrainian Navy vessels attempting to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait. 
November 28 - Chinese scientist He Jiankui, at a public conference in Hong Kong, announces that he has altered the DNA of twin human girls born earlier in the month to try to make them resistant to infection with the HIV virus; he also reveals the possible second pregnancy of another gene-modified baby.  November 30 - The Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus, one of the last remaining Japanese trolleybus systems, closes.
December 1- 8 - France experiences its worst civil unrest since the protests of 1968 due to the yellow vests movement. Protests in Paris morph into riots, with hundreds of people injured and thousands arrested; over 100 cars are burned, the Arc de Triomphe is vandalized and numerous other tourist sites are closed, both in the capital and elsewhere in the country. 
December 3 - NASA reports the arrival of the OSIRIS-REx probe at Bennu, the agency's first sample-return mission to an asteroid. 
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 9 - Parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on 9 December 2018.
December 15 - At the Katowice Climate Change Conference, nearly 200 nations agree rules on implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. 
December 17 - Scandinavian tourists Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland are murdered by Islamic terrorists in the foothills of Mount Toubkal near to the village of Imlil in Morocco. At least one victim is beheaded with the murders recorded on video and posted on social media. In a previous video the perpetrators pledge allegiance to ISIS. 
December 19- 21 - Gatwick Airport drone incident: Reports of drone sightings close to the runway at Gatwick Airport in England causes major disruption, affecting approximately 140,000 passengers and 1,000 flights, making it the largest disruption since ash from an Icelandic volcano shut the airport in 2010. 
December 21 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 22,445 after its worst week since 2008.  
December 24 - Burundi moves its capital from Bujumbura to Gitega.
December 26 - After weeks of losses the Dow Jones Industrial Average posts its largest ever one-day point gain: 1,086 points. December 31 - 2018 Magnitogorsk building collapse: An apartment block in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, partially collapses, killing 39 people and injuring 17 more. According to the official investigation the collapse was caused by a gas explosion. 
The 4 billion Internet mark has been crossed.
February 6 - Donald Lynden-Bell, English astrophysicist (b. 1935)
February 8 - Jarrod Bannister, Australian athlete (b. 1984)
February 10 - Alan R. Battersby, English organic chemist (b. 1925)
February 15 - Lassie Lou Ahern, American actress (b. 1920)
February 20 - Jiichiro Date, Japanese wrestler (b. 1952)
February 23 - Lewis Gilbert, British film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
February 26 - João W. Nery, Brazilian writer and LGBT activist (b. 1950)
February 27 - Quini, Spanish football player (b. 1949) February 28 - Rogelio Guerra, Mexican actor (b. 1936)
April 3 - Lill-Babs, Swedish singer (b. 1938)
April 7 - Peter Grünberg, German Nobel physicist (b. 1939)
April 9 - Edelgard Huber von Gersdorff, German supercentenarian (b. 1905)
April 12 - Sergio Pitol, Mexican novelist and translator (b. 1933)
April 17 - Barbara Bush, 41st First Lady of the United States (b. 1925)
April 18 - Bruno Sammartino, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1935)
April 19 - Vladimir Lyakhov, Soviet and Russian cosmonaut (b. 1941)
April 22 - Nino Khurtsidze, Georgian chess player (b. 1975)
April 24 - Henri Michel, French footballer and coach (b. 1947)
April 27 - Álvaro Arzú, 32nd President of Guatemala (b. 1946)
April 28 - Tetsuro Miura, Japanese footballer and manager (b. 1956) April 29
May 2 - Wang Danfeng, Chinese actress (b. 1924)
May 3 - Afonso Dhlakama, Mozambican politician (b. 1953)
May 4 - Renate Dorrestein, Dutch writer and journalist (b. 1954)
May 5 - Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
May 7 - Maurane, Belgian singer and actress (b. 1960)
May 9 - Per Kirkeby, Danish artist (b. 1938)
May 10 - David Goodall, English-Australian scientist (b. 1914)
May 11 - Gérard Genette, French literary theorist (b. 1930)
May 18 - Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Colombian cardinal (b. 1929)
May 20 - Patricia Morison, American actress (b. 1915)
May 23 - Luis Posada Carriles, Cuban terrorist (b. 1928)
May 25 - Naser Malek Motiei, Iranian actor (b. 1930)
June 5 - Kate Spade, American fashion designer (b. 1962)
June 10 - Stan Anderson, English footballer and manager (b. 1933)
June 12 - Jon Hiseman, English drummer (b. 1944)
June 16 - Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (b. 1931)
June 21 - Charles Krauthammer, American political commentator (b. 1950)
June 24 - Stanley Anderson, American actor (b. 1939)
June 25 - Richard Benjamin Harrison, American businessman and television personality (b. 1941)
June 26 - Henri Namphy, 35th President of Haiti (b. 1932)
June 27 - Joe Jackson, American talent manager (b. 1928)
June 30 - José Antonio Zaldúa, Spanish footballer (b. 1941)
July 1 - Dame Gillian Lynne, British dancer and choreographer (b. 1926)
July 7 - Tyler Honeycutt, American basketball player (b. 1990)
July 11 - Lindy Remigino, American Olympic athlete (b. 1931)
July 12 - Robert Wolders, Dutch actor (b. 1936)
July 13 - Thorvald Stoltenberg, Norwegian politician (b. 1931)
July 14 - Theo-Ben Gurirab, 2nd Prime Minister of Namibia (b. 1938)
July 17 - Yvonne Blake, British-Spanish costume designer (b. 1940)
July 18 - Burton Richter, American Nobel physicist (b. 1931)
July 22 - Frank Havens, American canoeist (b. 1924)
July 25 - Sergio Marchionne, Italian-Canadian automotive executive (b. 1952)
July 26 - Adem Demaçi, Kosovo-Albanian political activist (b. 1936)
August 3 - Moshé Mizrahi, Israeli film director (b. 1931)
August 10 - László Fábián, Hungarian sprint canoeist (b. 1936)
August 11 - V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-British Nobel writer (b. 1932)
August 12 - Samir Amin, Egyptian-French Marxian economist (b. 1931)
August 14 - Eduard Uspensky, Russian author and screenwriter (b. 1937)
August 15 - Rita Borsellino, Italian anti- Mafia activist and politician (b. 1945)
August 17 - Ezzatolah Entezami, Iranian actor (b. 1924)
August 18 - Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, 7th United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel laureate (b. 1938)
August 22 - Ed King, American musician (b. 1949)
August 23 - Kuldip Nayar, Indian journalist and politician (b. 1923)
August 25 - John McCain, American politician (b. 1936)
August 26 - Neil Simon, American playwright (b. 1927)
August 29 - James Mirrlees, Scottish Nobel economist (b. 1936)
September 1 - Randy Weston, American musician (b. 1926)
September 2 - Conway Savage, Australian pianist (b. 1960)
September 5 - Bhagwatikumar Sharma, Indian Gujarati writer and journalist (b. 1934)
September 9 - Frank Andersson, Swedish wrestler (b. 1956)
September 10 - Peter Donat, Canadian-American actor, (b. 1928)
September 12 - Rachid Taha, Algerian singer and activist (b. 1958)
September 14 - Anneke Grönloh, Dutch singer (b. 1942)
September 16 - Kevin Beattie, English footballer (b. 1953)
September 18 - Robert Venturi, American architect (b. 1925)
September 20 - Mohammed Karim Lamrani, 7th Prime Minister of Morocco (b. 1919)
September 22 - Al Matthews, American actor and singer (b. 1942)
September 25 - Baba Hari Dass, Indian yoga master, silent monk, and commentator (b. 1923)
September 27 - Marty Balin, American singer and musician (b. 1942)
September 28 - Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, 8th Prime Minister of Swaziland (b. 1942)
September 29 - Otis Rush, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1934) September 30 - Kim Larsen, Danish rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (b. 1945)
October 3 - Leon M. Lederman, American Nobel physicist (b. 1922)
October 7 - Peggy McCay, American actress (b. 1927)
October 8 - Arnold Kopelson, American film producer (b. 1935)
October 10 - Mary Midgley, British philosopher (b. 1919)
October 12 - Pik Botha, South African politician (b. 1932)
October 13 - Jim Taylor, American football player (b. 1935)
October 17 - Ara Güler, Turkish-Armenian photojournalist (b. 1928)
October 19 - Osamu Shimomura, Japanese Nobel chemist and marine biologist (b. 1928)
October 20 - Wim Kok, 48th Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1938)
October 21 - Joachim Rønneberg, Norwegian military officer and anti-Nazi resistant (b. 1919)
October 22 - José Varacka, Argentine football player and coach (b. 1932)
October 23 - James Karen, American actor (b. 1923)
October 25 - Sonny Fortune, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1939)
October 26 - Nikolai Karachentsov, Soviet and Russian actor (b. 1944)
October 31 - Willie McCovey, American baseball player (b. 1938)
November 1 - Yurik Vardanyan, Armenian weightlifter (b. 1956)
November 3 - Sondra Locke, American actress (b. 1944)
November 4 - Serhiy Tkach, Russian-Ukrainian serial killer (b. 1952)
November 6 - Jonathan Cantwell, Australian racing cyclist (b. 1982)
November 7 - Francis Lai, French composer (b. 1932)
November 8 - Bruno Caruso, Sicilian painter, illustrator, writer, graphic designer and political activist (d. 1927)
November 11 - Douglas Rain, Canadian actor (b. 1928)
John Bluthal, Polish-born radio, stage, actor, comedian, and voice artist (b. 1929)
Roy Clark, American country singer (b. 1933)
Adolf Grünbaum, German-American philosopher of science (b. 1923) Zhores Medvedev, Russian agronomist, biologist, and historian (b. 1925)
November 16 - William Goldman, American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1931)
November 18 - Ethel Ayler, American actress (b. 1930)
November 19 - Apisai Ielemia, 10th Prime Minister of Tuvalu (b. 1955)
November 21 - Olivia Hooker, American psychologist and civil rights figure (b. 1915)
November 24 - Ricky Jay, American magician and actor (b. 1946)
November 29 - Viktor Matviyenko, Ukrainian footballer (b. 1948) November 30 - George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States (b. 1924)
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