Things That Went Down In 2018

Life / December 29, 2018
by Johanna Roelich

Another year has been and gone and as 2018 comes to an end, it’s time to look back on some of the things that have happened. Some might have divided the country but others brought people closer together, even if just for a moment. Like every year, there’s been some highs, some unexpected highs in fact (World Cup we’re looking at you), some things that sort of just happened and others that are still a fragile topic of discussion.

Brexit

Brexit… Where do we even start? This seems to be what everyone is talking about at the minute, and has been all year as we creep even closer to the dreaded date of March 2019. We could talk about it until we’re blue in the face, trying to argue the points that make our opinions clear to everyone (because those points are the only logical and sensible options going, just saying) as could the majority of Brits. It’s a topic that has been broadcasted since the vote back in 2016, not only around UK, but all over the world too. Unfortunately, we’re leaving 2018 in a shambles. But let’s think optimistically (and this is my final point) this time next year when we’re reviewing 2019, the whole country could be in agreement that all of the stress of the latest UK swear word ‘Brexit’ was worth it as it became greatest thing to happen us. Whether you believe it or not.

Black Panther was released…

The release of Black Panther in February was more than just an epic moment in the marvel series, it was an epic moment in history as Marvel’s first black superhero movie. Based on the 1966 comic, the film is a long overdue celebration of African heroes and heritage at a time that some would argue is more important than ever. The film introduces a sense of identity, sense of culture, sense of who you are and your heritage – for everybody.  While we’ve had the odd black superheroes, there’s never been anything quite like Black Panther. For the first time, black superheroes have been put at the front and centre as lead characters – no minuscule roles or quick cameos – and that’s a big deal.

KFC ran out of chicken

Remember when the majority of the UK went into hiding (or straight to their Twitter accounts) when KFC closed a bunch of their shops due to a shortage of chicken? We remember it all too well. More than 900 UK restaurants closed on their doors due to a shortage of chicken. Distraught chicken lovers took to social media to vent their outrage when they showed up at their local KFC only to find its shutters were down amid the poultry pandemonium.

2018 Winter Olympics

The PyeongChang Games, held in South Korea, made stars of Adam Rippon, Chloe Kim, and many other world-class athletes. This Winter Games plan was one of the most compact in Olympic history, it offered a unique stage on which the world’s best athletes could achieve superior performances. The 2018 Olympic Winter Games exposed new generations of potential athletes to the power of winter sport.

The Streets reformed

The Streets reformed for a greatest hits tour called ‘The Darker The Shadow The Brighter Light’ in April.  The announcement was made back in October 2017 and it was well worth the wait. Mike Skinner’s The Streets gave British rap a voice of its own and changed the course of pop music. We’re over the moon they’re back.

Mike Skinner of The Streets had a busy year releasing a bunch of new songs after hitting a bit of ‘songwriters block’ in 2011, resulting in the band’s breakup. In an interview with Far Out Magazine, he described his comeback as simply being “ready to go” When you’ve got it, you’ve got it, y’know?

Sir Alex Ferguson left millions panic-stricken

Former Manchester United manager was rushed into hospital back in May which left a huge amount of the countries’ fans seriously anxious. Turns out Sir Alex Ferguson had to go through emergency surgery following brain haemorrhage. It seemed like the entire UK stood still waiting to hear news on the legends wellbeing. He’s okay!

Man city broke almost every record in the premiership

Manchester City have long since wrapped up the Premier League title – but their hunger for records continued until the final kick of the final day. Not only are they the first team to achieve 100 points in the top flight of English football, they have smashed through the records last season:

Consecutive Premier League wins

Most passes in a premier league game

Most goals scored

Most wins

Most Points

Most away wins

Most away points

Goal difference

Points ahead of second

Radio 1 switched it up

Nick Grimshaw calls time on the early rises and announced in May that he will be stepping down from the breakfast show after a record-breaking run of six years. Greg James was unveiled as the new presenter and turns out they’ve just switched places, with Nick doing Gregs usual Drivetime show. A pretty good mix up in my opinion.

Fortnite took over the world

That might sound like exaggeration, but the popularity of Fortnite couldn’t be overstated even if I tried. It’s massively played, and even more massively watched. Fortnite started off as something less than a success when it was first released last July, but then Epic Games added a “battle royale” mode in September, and it exploded.

AJ won a few titles…

Anthony Joshua may have taken some flak in 2018 for the fights he didn’t have, but he remains ESPN’s British No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter for the year. Joshua is the only Briton to be ranked No. 1 in his weight class in most independent listings. Holding three of the four major championships in the sport: the IBF, the WBA (Super) title, and finally the WBO since March 2018. We can tell it’s going to be a strong year for AJ.

Ronaldo left Madrid

“I left Real Madrid because of president Florentino Pérez” Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for around €100m in July, left Spain as Real’s all-time leading goalscorer after a solid 9 years. The club claimed the transfer had been instigated at the will and the request of the player.

New Abortion Laws in Ireland

Every year, thousands of women come from Ireland to England for abortions – illegal at home, and punishable in Northern Ireland by life imprisonment. Since 1983, this has been the case, until May 2018 when nearly two in three Irish voters opted to legalise abortion.

The Royal Wedding

Millions of people tuned in to watch Britain’s Prince Harry marry American Meghan Markle in May. This is to be looked at as an iconic moment in history forever. And now, a Royal baby is on it’s way! That was quick.

Yanny or Laurel

What did you hear? The audio clip caused rifts between friends, families, and coworkers.

Drake has a child…

So apparently Drake had a secret baby and after months of speculation, he finally confirmed it in the lyrics of one of his songs from his new album ScorpionEarlier this year, you might remember the beef that went down between rapper Pusha T and Drake, when Pusha T released song that claiming Drake had a secret child that he was hiding from the public eye. Drake’s revealing line in song ‘Emotionless’ is: “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world/I was hiding the world from my kid. There you have it, Drake has a secret baby who’s not so secret anymore.

Sugar tax ruined Irn Bru

We’ll just leave this here for a moment… The Scottish fizzy drink that is known as a national treasure was targeted by the new sugar tax laws that came about this year and upset the nation. A petition went around to save it but unfortunately, the once great tasting drinks’ sugar levels were halved… The smartest of us ran out to the shops to buy stacks of crates of the stuff!

The weather changed so quickly it gave us whiplash

From the ‘Beast From The East’ to enjoying the hottest summer since 1979, 2018 was definitely one to remember. Global warming is making itself known –  even Donald Trump is starting to believe in it.

It didn’t come home

France may have won the World Cup but England won the respect of millions during the Summer of Football.

We probably went into the World Cup with little faith (and you can’t blame us) but after a fighting start from our three lions, we had hope, and for once, confidence. Firstly, England lay down a marker as they hammered Panama 6-1, followed was a string of positive and strong performances. Only Croatia stood between us and the final, that was the moment we began to ask ourselves; “Is it coming home?” The answer was no. No, it wasn’t coming home.

Wildfires in California

The 2018 wildfire season was the most destructive and deadly wildfire season on record in California, with the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a total fire season.  It was a year of deadly wildfires and that’a likely the new norm.

The blaze destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and structures as it swept across 153,336 acres. Nearly 90 people died.

Kanye West… Doing Kanye West

The rapper released “Ye” on 6th June which documents the rapper’s public breakdown and recent months of controversial comments, including speaking in support of President Donald Trump and declaring that slavery was a choice. (yeah that’s right, he said that) To the surprise of some, though, the album doesn’t tackle many of the subjects that West has been vocal about on Twitter, instead focusing more on his personal life.

Colin Kaepernick: the new face of Nike Campaign

The sportswear giant teamed up with American football star Colin Kaepernick – who has been something of a celebrity for more than just his football skills recently, to put together a powerful and controversial new advert.  It featured the quarterback and the slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it.”

Not too familiar with American football? You might’ve heard of Kaepernick since he who sparked an out-cry by kneeling during the national anthem. Trump isn’t happy (of course) “I think it’s a terrible message that [Nike] are sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it. But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.”

Big Brother closed its doors for good

Whether you’re a big BB fan or not, you have to appreciate the level of significance for the number 1 (at one time) reality TV show coming to an end. As series 19 kicked off, the show announced that that will bed the final show, for good.

Stormzy announced to headline Glastonbury 2019

Stormzy will be Glastonbury’s first grime headliner, with a Pyramid Stage slot confirmed for 2019. The news first broke via a poster in an Oxfam shop in Streatham – close to the star’s childhood home – and one in Glastonbury. Stormzy later confirmed the news via a post on Instagram (of course) on 17th November. It’s going to be a long wait!

When five become four (again): the Spice Girls have announced a 2019 reunion tour

This was breaking news all around the UK, so whether you like it or not, this event is making a pretty important feature. The 90s group haven’t toured together in over a decade, but in November this year they announced their reunion tour, with six UK dates confirmed, Kicking off in Manchester on June 1st before travelling to Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh and Bristol and London.

Spyro the Dragon was re-release

The Crash Bandicoot trilogy remaster was one of the biggest hits of 2017, selling more copies than plenty of major new releases. So it should come as no surprise that the next classic PlayStation franchise to get the remaster treatment is Spyro the Dragon. Arguably one of the best video games of the 90s, Spyro the Dragon was re-released in November, with the launch of Spyro Reignited Trilogy after months of rumours, leaks and speculation.

Red dead redemption 2 was released

After the success of Red Dead Redemption back in 2010, there was no surprise the sequel would be an even bigger hit – especially with 8 years of waiting. Red Dead 2 seriously took off, with basically 5 stars from all the guys who matter. There’s no doubt that this is a landmark game. It’s a new high water-mark for lifelike video game worlds.

NASA touched down on mars

NASA’s InSight Spacecraft touched down on Mars in November, after a seven-month 300 million mile journey.  It’s a risky job, with just 40% off missions to succeed so this is a huge moment for the guys over at NASA.

Sadly, we lost a few legends

Keith Jackson – 12th January, 89 years old

Dolores O’Riordan –  15th January, 46 years old

Mark E Smith – 24th January, 60 years old

Dennis Edwards – 1st February, 74 years old

John Mahoney – 4th February, 77 years old

Emma Chamber – 21st February, 53 years old

Eddie Amoo – 23rd February, 67 years old

Ken Dodd – 11th March, 90 years old

Craig Mack – 12th March, 47 years old

Stephen hawking – 14th March, 76 years old

Ray Wilkins – 4th April, 61 years old

Johnny “Luscious” Valiant –  4th April, 71 years old

Avici – 20th April, 28 years old

Scott Hutchison – 10th May, 36 years old

Brendan Ingle – 25th May, 77 years old

Kate Spade – 5th June, 55 years old

Peter Stringfellow – 7th June, 77 years old

Eunice Gayson – 8th June, 90 years old

Leslie Grantham – 15th June, 71 years old

Big Van Vader – 18th June, 63 years old

XXXTenacion – 18th June, 20 years old

Alan Longmuir – 2nd July, 70 years old

Barry Chuckle – 5th August, 73 years old

Jarrod Lyle – 8th August, 36 years old

Aretha Franklin – 16th August, 76 years old

Kofi Annan – 18th August, 80 years old

John McCain – 25th August, 81 years old

Burt Reynolds – 6th September, 82 years old

Mac Miller – 7th September, 26 years old

John Cunliffe – 20th September, 85 years old

Scott Wilson – 6th October, 76 years old

Geoffrey Hayes – 30th October, 76 years old

Stan Lee – 12th November, 96 years old

Kim Porter – 15th November, 47 years old

Kevin Austin – 23rd November, 45 years old

Stephen Hillenburg – 27th November, 57 years old

George bush senior – 30th November, 94 years old

DJ Paul Anderson – 2nd December, 59

Pete Shelley – 6th December, 63 years old

Frank Adonis – 26th December, 83 years old

Have a cracking New Year!

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