Here are some of the top stories for 2018 (in no particular order):
- The 2018 mid-term elections: Democrats took the House, while Republicans held on to the Senate. Nancy Pelosi will probably be Speaker of the House again, but if she does, she will face an uphill battle on advancing her leftist agenda.
- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Lakeland, Florida: Nicholas Cruz (a nineteen-year-old and former student) carried out a mass shooting, killing seventeen people and wounding seventeen others. This shooting set off perhaps the biggest calls for gun control, as well as a series of walk-out protests at schools across the country. It also spawned a new gun control organization- Never Again MSD, whose main target was the NRA. The most prominent members in the group were David Hogg (or whom I like to refer to as Boss Hogg) and Emma Gonzalez (whom InStyle Magazine named one of the badass women of the year due to her emotional speeches). I’m not sure just how much of a badass she really is. Maybe she could be on WWE’s Monday Night Raw or Smackdown and we will know for sure. Meanwhile, the gun control movement seems to have lost some steam in the months since the shooting.
- The Royal Wedding. American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, the first American citizen to do so since Wallis Simpson married Edward VIII. Several months later, Meghan became pregnant, and the child will be born in 2019. Meanwhile, Princess Kate gave birth to her third child a couple of weeks prior to the Royal Wedding, a son named Louis.
- Government shutdown: a partial government shutdown took place in December primarily due to the debate over the wall being built. The standoff will probably continue into 2019. This was the second government shutdown in 2018, the first taking place in January 2018.
- Iran nuclear deal: the Trump Administration announced that America would be withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.
- Armistice Day Centennial: officials from various countries met to observe the 100th year anniversary of Armistice Day, a day on which World War I came to an end. It was overshadowed by French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on nationalism, an obvious attack on the Trump Administration’s policies.
- The Kavanagh hearings. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh was confirmed after the Senate held hearings on allegations of sexual misconduct, allegations which Kavanagh denied.
- Deaths in 2018. The following people died this year: Jerry Van Dyke, Keith Jackson, John Mahoney, Billy Graham, David Ogden Stiers, Stephen Hawking, R. Lee Ermey, George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Avicii, Verne Troyer, Margot Kidder, Bernard Lewis, Bill Mallory, Charles Krauthammer, Nikolai Volkoff, Aretha Franklin, Kofi Annan, John McCain, Burt Reynolds, James “Whitey” Bulger, Stan Lee, Dynamite Kid, and Penny Marshall.
Happy New Year.