Here we are at the end of another year. December is always a time of great reflection and contemplation and—if social media is any indication—a lot of people are eager to see 2018 come to an end. Before 2019 ushers in another fresh start, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of this past year.

January

  • First Amazon Go store opens in Seattle as the first cashier-less grocery store.
  • The 60th Annual Grammy Awards are held in New York after being in Los Angeles for the last 15 years. Bruno Mars wins Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “24k Magic” and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.”

February

  • The XXIII Olympic Winter Games take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Team USA takes home 9 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals including the first gold medal for the women’s hockey team since 1998, the first gold medal for the men’s curling team, and first-ever medal (they won gold!) in the women’s team sprint freestyle cross country skiing event.
  • Black Panther debuts, grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide, setting box office records, and getting people excited about movie set in Africa with a nearly all-black cast.

March

  • Viewers tune in to the 90th Academy Awards and see The Shape of Water, a film highlighting an interspecies love story, take home 4 trophies, including Best Picture.
  • The finale of The Bachelor, featuring Arie Luyendyk Jr. stirs controversy as he proposes to Becca Kufrin in the season finale, only to break up with her and then propose to the original runner-up, Lauren Burnham—all while the cameras were rolling.

April

  • Kim Jong-Un crosses the demilitarized zone into South Korea to meet with president Moon Jae-In, marking the first time a North Korean leader crossed the DMZ since its creation in 1953.
  • A Quiet Place, earns rave reviews and kicks off a hot month at the box-office which includes the release of blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War, which grosses over $2 billion worldwide to become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

May

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed on the 19th at St. George’s Chapel in England in front of an estimated global television audience of 1.9 billion.

June

  • The FIFA World Cup is held in Russia, with France winning the tournament for the second time. The Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in their 44 season history.
  • After a 14-year wait for a sequel, fans flock to theaters to see Incredibles 2 which shares the box-office marquee with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

July

  • In Thailand, 12 boys and their soccer coach are successfully rescued from a mine after being trapped in a flooded cave for 17 days.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen teams up with Showtime to launch the show, Who Is America?  The actor has earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of several characters on the satirical interview series that targeted key figures in American politics.

August

  • Lance Bass enters a bidding war to purchase the famous Brady Bunch house from an unnamed corporate entity. After thwarting Bass’s efforts, HGTV comes out as the secret buyer, announcing plans to restore the home to its 70’s glory and use the home for a renovation show featuring the original cast. Fortunately, HGTV invited Bass to join the project!
  • Crazy Rich Asians premieres at cinemas nationwide, as theatergoers flock to the romantic comedy featuring a plethora of Asian film stars. Loved it? The sequel to the highest-grossing rom-com in a decade is in the works.
  • Long-time Arizona Senator, decorated war hero, and former POW, John McCain, dies at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.

September

  • Michael Che and Colin Jost host the 70th Emmy Awards, as Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earns five awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.
  • Bill Cosby is sentenced to three to 10 years after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

October

  • Canada legalizes the full sale and use of cannabis, becoming only the second country to do so, following Uruguay in 2013.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the role of Laurie Strode in a new Halloween film that continues as though any of the other sequels never happened. With a screenplay by Danny McBride, the film is a spooky, triumphant hit.

November

  • The Blue Wave: Democrats take control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2012.
  • November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of World War I, including a large gathering in France of the Allied Powers. American President Donald Trump is unable to attend due to rain.

December

  • George W. Bush brings viewers to tears during a touching eulogy at memorial services following the death of his father, 41st President George H W Bush, just months after losing his mother, former First Lady, Barbara Bush.

A lot happened in 2018 and it’s been quite a journey. As it comes to a close, reflect on your own life this past year, celebrating the victories, acknowledging the struggles and showing gratitude for the love that has seen you through. Here’s to 2019!

*Photo by Ben Birchall/Pool via Reuters