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The year 2018 was a study in contrasts - marked by both historic loss and historic progress. Of the loss, we saw record-breaking natural disasters, such as the Camp Wildfire in California, displacing thousands of residents and celebrities while causing damages of $16.5 billion and 88 deaths.
The East Coast, meanwhile, suffered Hurricane Florence's record 34 inches of rainfall in North Carolina. The year wrapped up with December 22nd's tsunami in Indonesia's Sunda Strait, killing 430 people and injuring nearly 1,500. 2018 also marks the loss of several influential figures, such as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, war-veteran-turned-senator John McCain, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and entertainment icons such as "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, and grandfather of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee. However, this year also saw tremendous progress - with U.S. unemployment rates dropping to their lowest since 1969, the Marine Corps seeing its first female infantry platoon commander, and Saudi Arabia lifting the ban on women driving. The UK saw its first wedding of a royal to a commoner with Prince Harry's marriage to actress Meghan Markle on May 19th. A historic summit between North and South Korea on April 27th led to a formal end of the Korean War, as the two countries unitedly welcomed the rest of the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang. Back in the States, the Trump Administration's second year continued to be one of controversy, as surfacing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election cast a dark cloud over the 45th U.S. President. The entertainment industry was once again dominated by Disney subsidiary Marvel Entertainment - the release of "Avengers: Infinity War" holding record as the highest-grossing domestic opening weekend of all time following its April 27th release. During 2018 this third installment in the "Avengers" franchise ranked number 4 highest grossing film of all time, closely trailed by "Black Panther" at number 9, which released just a few months earlier on February 16th. The two films made for a combined box office total of some $3.3 billion. Despite numerous promising advances, the year's end concluded with Americans looking anxiously at the issue of climate change, with a poll in November revealing that 78% believe it to be the cause of increasingly extreme weather.
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