December 2018 calendar

December 2018

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 2018.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 2018: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2018?


  • 01 Dec 2018 2018 Anchorage earthquake: More than 1,000 aftershocks shake Alaska after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake knocked out power, ripped open roads and splintered buildings in Anchorage. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 02 Dec 2018 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A senior Taliban commander, Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, is killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 03 Dec 2018 Qatar announces that it is withdrawing from OPEC in January 2019, after almost 60 years of membership, to focus on natural gas production. (The Guardian)
  • 04 Dec 2018 Operation Northern Shield: Israel announces an operation to clear Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon-Israeli border. (The Times of Israel)
  • 05 Dec 2018 The deputy governor of Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, says that the country is likely to become a cashless society within the next three to five years. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec 2018 A car bomb explodes near a police post in Chabahar, Iran. Two police officers are pronounced dead and around 40 people were wounded in the attack. Islamic militant group Ansar Al-Furqan claims responsibility. Iran accuses the perpetrators of being "foreign-backed terrorists". (Middle East Eye)
  • 07 Dec 2018 European migrant crisis: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue vessel Aquarius 2 ends migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, citing sustained attacks on search and rescue by European governments, particularly Italy. (BBC)
  • 08 Dec 2018 Corinaldo stampede: Six people are killed and dozens more injured in a human stampede as frantic concertgoers try to exit a packed Lanterna Azzurra club in Corinaldo in Ancona Province, Marche, Italy, after pepper spray is reportedly fired inside the club. (BBC)
  • 09 Dec 2018 Two people die and 38 others are hospitalized after a fire erupted in a building in Reggio Emilia, Italy. (Gazzetta di Reggio)
  • 10 Dec 2018 The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Urjit Patel, resigns abruptly. (Reuters)
  • 11 Dec 2018 2018 Strasbourg attack: A gunman kills two people and injures 14 others in a mass shooting in Strasbourg, France, during the annual Christmas market. The shooter flees the scene but is identified by police as a known extremist. The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph) (The Guardian)
  • 12 Dec 2018 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan National Army abandons the western Shib Koh District after the government failed to resupply troops stationed there. The district, which borders Iran, is now effectively under Taliban control. (Reuters)The Taliban claims responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 12 people, including 8 civilians in Kabul. (Tolo News)
  • 13 Dec 2018 Northern Mali conflict: Jihadists on motorcycles kill around 42 people in a series of attacks targeting Tuareg camps in Mali. (CBC News)
  • 14 Dec 2018 Syrian Civil War: The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces seize control of Hajin, the last major town held by ISIL in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (The Guardian)
  • 15 Dec 2018 Kashmir conflict: Indian soldiers and counterinsurgency police exchange gunfire with militants in the southern district of Pulwama, resulting in the deaths of one soldier and three militants. The soldiers then opened fire on a crowd of anti-government protesters who gathered after the battle, killing seven civilians and injuring 40 others. (The Independent)
  • 16 Dec 2018 2018 Strasbourg attack: A Polish national who was wounded during a terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, dies of his injuries, raising the death toll to five. (BBC)
  • 17 Dec 2018 Somali Civil War (2009–present): Six U.S. air strikes over the weekend kill at least 62 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, according to The Pentagon. (BBC)
  • 18 Dec 2018 Russian cargo vessel MV Kuzma Minin runs aground and then is refloated off Gyllyngvase, Cornwall, and taken to anchor in Falmouth Bay for inspection, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. (BBC)
  • 19 Dec 2018 American intervention in Syria, Syrian Civil War: The Pentagon reports it has begun withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, with a spokesperson saying that the coalition has liberated ISIL-held territory but also that the campaign is not over. (Reuters)
  • 20 Dec 2018 Parts of the Ventura Freeway in Southern California is renamed as “President Barack H. Obama Highway” in honor of former President Barack Obama. (Pasadena Star News) (ABC News)
  • 21 Dec 2018 Colombian conflict: Ecuadorian drug trafficker and FARC dissident Walter Arizala is killed in a joint police and military operation near Tumaco. Arízala was wanted for the murder of two Ecuadorian journalists earlier in the year. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec 2018 Somali Civil War: A car bomb near the presidential palace in Mogadishu kills at least 16 people and injures more than 20 others. (The Guardian)
  • 23 Dec 2018 Gatwick Airport drone incident: The two people arrested by police two days earlier are released without charges. (Reuters)
  • 24 Dec 2018 The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops 2.9%, its worst performance ever on Christmas Eve. (NPR)
  • 25 Dec 2018 War in Afghanistan: The Afghan health ministry says that yesterday's attack by a suicide bomber and three gunmen on a government building in Kabul killed at least 43 people. No group has claimed responsibility. (CBS News) (Daily Sabah)
  • 26 Dec 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make an unannounced post-Christmas visit to troops at the Al Asad Airbase in Iraq, their first visit to a combat zone since taking office. (BBC) (The Washington Post)
  • 27 Dec 2018 Street battles between anti-government protesters and riot police in Sudan leave at least 19 people dead, including two policemen, as well as hundreds injured. Amnesty International puts the death toll at 37. (Al Jazeera)
  • 28 Dec 2018 Syrian Civil War: The Kurdish YPG calls on Syrian government troops to protect Manbij against what it calls a "Turkish invasion". (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 29 Dec 2018 In response to a roadside bombing that killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide the previous day, Egyptian police kill 40 suspected militants. (The New York Times)
  • 30 Dec 2018 War in Afghanistan: The Taliban reject peace talks with the Afghan government. (Reuters)
  • 31 Dec 2018 A bomb explosion outside a busy shopping mall in the city of Cotabato, Philippines, kills 2 people and injures 34 others. (CNN)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Griddle House

The Griddle House

Release year: 2018

Directed by: Paul Tomborello

Starring: Amber Benson, Charisma Carpenter, Clare Kramer, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.



Release year: 2018

Directed by: James Wan

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Release year: 2018

Directed by: Christian Rivers

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Jihae, Robert Sheehan


Which were the most popular books released in December 2018?
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Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Kingdom of the Blind


Armand Gamache follows the clues left in a will by a woman he never knew; 14th in series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown


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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone


In 1970s Alaska, a teenage girl — the daughter of a disturbed Vietnam War POW — has to grow up in a hurry

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Every Breath


A woman returns to her family home where she meets a safari guide from Zimbabwe summoned to America by a letter from a man claiming to be his dad

Homebody by Joanna Gaines



Subtitle: "A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave"