A lot happens in a year. There are happy moments and sad moments. There are reasons to celebrate and cry. There are big events and small ones. Some marvels are natural; others are human-made.
Of course, 2018 was no exception. We watched the unfolding of a royal wedding in England and the Winter Olympics in South Korea. A sports car was launched into space! The moon, sun, and Earth lined up just so, casting the moon in a deep red glow.
Soon, it will be 2019. So let’s take a moment to remember the year behind us. Here are snapshots of some of the most memorable and historic moments of 2018.
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January 3: A powerful type of winter storm called a BOMB CYCLONE blankets the East Coast of the United States in snow. It also brings harsh winds and causes flooding along the coast. In many cities, temperatures are the coldest on record for early January.
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January 9: MUDSLIDES devastate parts of Montecito, California. They destroy homes and cause 21 deaths. The mudslides are caused by heavy rains that send mud and boulders rushing downhill.
February 6: The FALCON HEAVY rocket blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. It’s carrying a red Tesla sports car. The car is “driven” by a mannequin in a space suit named Starman. The launch is a test run for SpaceX, a company that designs, builds, and launches rockets and spacecraft.
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February 9: Nearly 3,000 athletes from more than 80 countries meet in PyeongChang, South Korea. They gather to compete in the 23rd WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES. Norway takes home more medals than any other country: a total of 39 gold, silver, and bronze. The U.S. wins 23 medals.
March 4: COCO wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. The Disney/Pixar movie is about a musician who travels to the Land of the Dead in search of his great-great-grandfather.
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March 24: Thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C., to protest gun violence at the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES. Hundreds of thousands of people march at similar events around the world. The marches are inspired by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. In February, 17 people died in a shooting at the school.
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April 2: Villanova University’s men’s basketball team beats the University of Michigan for the NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. The win marks their second championship in three years.
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May 3: The volcano KILAUEA erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island. It spews lava and toxic gas. It also opens fissures, or cracks, in the earth. A day later, the eruption causes a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. It is the island’s strongest earthquake in 43 years.
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May 19: Millions of people tune in to watch as Britain’s PRINCE HARRY weds MEGHAN MARKLE at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor, England.
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June 12: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) and President Donald Trump meet in Singapore for a HISTORIC SUMMIT. It is the first time a sitting U.S. president has met face-to-face with a leader of North Korea. The two men discuss ending North Korea’s nuclear program.
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July 27: People around the world witness a TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE. This is when the sun, Earth, and moon line up. The sun casts Earth’s shadow on the moon. The phenomenon is also known as a blood moon. This is because the moon takes on a deep-red color.
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August 25: Senator JOHN MCCAIN passes away at age 81. He served in Congress for 35 years. Here, McCain’s coffin lies at the Arizona State Capitol, in Phoenix, on August 29. He is later buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery, in Annapolis, Maryland.
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September 14: HURRICANE FLORENCE makes landfall in North Carolina. The storm brings heavy rains and a 10-foot wave of seawater. Whole neighborhoods are submerged. More than 600,000 homes and businesses across the East Coast lose power.
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October 6: BRETT KAVANAUGH is sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His nomination was controversial, as were his confirmation hearings. He was approved by the Senate in a narrow vote.
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October 28: The Boston Red Sox defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the 2018 WORLD SERIES.
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November 6: A record number of people turn out to vote in the 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS. Democrats win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans maintain control of the Senate.
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December 2: Flowers are placed beneath a statue of GEORGE H.W. BUSH in Houston, Texas. The 41st U.S. president died on November 30. His funeral is held on December 5 in Washington, D.C.