Athletes from around the globe gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea to represent their countries in this year’s’ Winter Olympics. Ranging across 7 sports and 15 days, over 90 countries sent competitors for a chance to win gold.
Fire of the Year
California wildfires shattered a new record this year. Unfortunately, it was for burning nearly 1,889,913 acres of land and killing over 100 civilians. Yet to be fully contained, this years’ wildfires were the most destructive and deadliest in history.
This year, Texas citizens saw one of the intense and closest race for Senator between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. Viewers from around the country tuned in for a race that would ultimately end with a reelection for the republicans. But the intrigue it garnered from the youth was historical and amazing. And it furthered the belief that one day, Texas may go blue once again.
The fate of 12 young football players and their couch were in the hands of U.S. and British diving exerts, after being trapped in Thai caves 17 days earlier. Their rescue mission captured world attention and on July 10, they were free. Sadly, at the expense of a Thai navy diver.
No More Nukes
On June 12, the entire world awaited news about U.S. President Donald Trump and his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was the first ever meeting between leaders of their respective countries. They would go on to sign an agreement which would lead to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.
Another Giant Leap for Mars
NASA erupted with cheers and applause on November 26, when the Mars Insight Lander confirmed touchdown. After a journey of 6 months, the lander has reached Martian ground and has begun its mission. Sit there and listen. But that’ll allow planetary scientists to learn and structure Mars’ interior. Another giant leap towards planetary colonization was made in 2018.
The Korean Standoff
2018 saw many attempts at restoring tranquility between North and South Korea. From dismantling or exploding their military facilities. To reducing the amount of armed guards at their borders. But most historically, crossing the military demarcation line and shaking hands.
School Shooter #?
Students nationwide took a stand against gun control after witnessing 17 people be gunned down at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The attack sparked a nationwide conversation about gun laws and the safety of our youth.
On November 25, a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America to the U.S., were met with brute force. US border authorities fired tear gas at migrant families as they fled in terror.
US President, servicemen, and father, George H.W. Bush died on November 30, 2018. His tragic death comes just months after his late wife’s. Weeks of services were done to commiserate the former president and he was finally laid to rest along his wife and daughter.