The year 2018 may have started like every year, but as we close out the year, we are reminded of some big events that took place.
There were the moments that gave us hope, including North and South Korea coming together for the Winter Games.
And in a meeting many believed would never happen, President Donald Trump met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
Another big event the world had their eyes on: the royal wedding. American Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. The two are expecting their first child in 2019.
2018 had love, but it also had heartbreak.
Gun violence claimed the lives of dozens of people across the country. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a shooting claimed the lives of 17. Ten were killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas, and 11 people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue. These events are just a few that sparked the familiar debate of gun violence in America.
Mother Nature also left her mark on 2018.
Strong hurricanes hit the Florida Panhandle and the Carolinas. Wildfires caused deadly damage in California.
Notable people died in 2018. We lost icons like Senator John McCain, First Lady Barbara Bush and President George H.W. Bush.
As for politics, it was heated and loud.
New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced allegations of sexual assault, dating back to his high school days.
The Democrats took the house in the Midterms, but the Senate stayed with the GOP.
Some outrageous moments of the year:
Roseanne made a short-lived comeback. Her racist tweets got her character killed off her own show. And we can’t forget about the Tide Pod challenge, that brought serious health concerns as teens ate detergent pods as a joke.
We can’t forget those silly viral debates like the “Yanny” vs “Laurel” debate.
But whatever you heard, and however your year went, tomorrow is a new year.
Happy New Year!