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Year in Review: Top Moments of 2018

A list of The Avro Post’s top breaking moments of 2018.

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Kaela Johnson, Madison Furness, Casiah Cagan, Melissa Martinez-Lopez, Tomas Karageorgos | Life

From quick engagements to tragic deaths, The Avro Post has had a fun year following pop culture and breaking news in 2018.

We’ve seen some sweet, sour, crazy and outright unbelievable moments, making last year one of the most interesting years yet. In case you need to jog your memory, here’s a list of The Avro Post’s top breaking moments of 2018. Because let’s be real, we were all shocked about Kylie Jenner having a baby.

January

A new edition to the West family

Celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child, via surrogate named Chicago West on January 15.

H&M face backlash over insensitive ad

H&M released an ad that appeared controversial to many, showcasing a Black child modelling a sweatshirt with the slogan “coolest money in the jungle”. Many said that this was racist given the history of Black people being called “monkeys” as an insult to dehumanize them, and others said that the fact that this ad passed review at every tier shocked them, as surely someone would have seen what was wrong with this. However, some people believed others were simply overreacting, which sparked some arguments over social media.

Image from AdWeek.

February

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston split

The couple were together for seven years and married for two before calling it quits this February. Their different lifestyles and long separations played a role in the couples decision to end their marriage.  

Black Panther pounces into theatres

Based on the Marvel comics of the same name, Black Panther was one of year’s most anticipated films. Released on February 16, the film received tons of praise for every aspect of the design, filming, casting, and beyond, and is considered to be one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the 9th-highest-grossing-film of all time and won numerous awards, including an AMA for Favourite Soundtrack, a BET award for Best Movie, and a People’s Choice Award for Male Movie Star of the Year.

Kylie Jenner reveals her secret

After disappearing from social media and months of rumours regarding her pregnancy, the youngest sister of the Kardashian/Jenner family finally revealed that she gave birth to a baby girl named Stormi Webster. The announcement came on February 4 via Instagram along with a video posted on YouTube titled “To Our Daughter” three days after Jenner and rapper Travis Scott welcomed their first child.

Mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School

Teenage gunman and former student, Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. This is the deadliest high school shooting in United States history which sparked conversations of gun control in the U.S. Survivors of the shooting created Never Again MSD, a student-run organization advocating for gun control and regulations to prevent gun violence.

Canada wows at Winter Olympics

2018 has been so long that a surprising number of people completely forgot that there was an Olympics this year, but it did happen, from February 9 to 25. The host for this year’s Winter games was PyeongChang, South Korea, and Team Canada was extremely successful when it came to obtaining medals. Placing third overall with a total of 29 medals, 11 of which were gold, Canada ranked just behind Germany, with 31 total medals. The total medal count was actually a record for Canada, making this games one of their most successful to date. Aside from this, Canada also achieved many firsts, including obtaining its first medals in long track speed skating in 86 years, getting Canadian lugers on the podium for the first time ever; having one of their bobsledders be the first Canadian bobsledder to win three Olympic medals; and watching their figure skaters become the most decorated skaters in Olympic history.

March

Physicist Stephen Hawking dies

Physicist and author Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at 76 years old after battling ALS for more than 50 years. Hawking was known for his theories of cosmology, space and gravity. His book A Brief History of Time published in 1988 broke records by being on the British best-seller list for 237 weeks. Hawking won many awards over his career including an Albert Einstein Award, Albert Einstein Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Logic and Jessica Andrea split

After two years of marriage, rapper Logic and his ex-wife Jessica Andrea took to social media on March 20 to explain their breakup. The duo explained that they still loved and respected each other, and the reason for their split was simply due to the relationship just not working out, shutting down the rumours that there may have been cheating or bitterness involved.

Marching against gun violence

On March 24, the student-lead March for Our Lives stunned the world. With an attendance of approximately 1.5 million people, the rally for stronger gun violence prevention laws was one of the largest protests in American history, which made it even more effective. Many may remember the heart-wrenching speech given by Emma Gonzalez, one of the student leaders, in which she stood silently on stage for just over six minutes to demonstrate the amount of time it took for Nikolas Cruz to shoot 17 of the students. The event had a large impact, acting as the “tipping point” for gun control in Florida.

April

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announce split

After nine years together, the beloved couple announced their separation on April 2 in a joint statement posted on each of their Instagram pages. They explained that despite the split, they still do love each other and appreciate the years they spent together. They also admitted that the only reason for sharing the news was to avoid speculation, however they kept the statement brief for privacy purposes.

John Cena and Nikki Bella separate

After six years together and one year of being engaged, wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella separated. Neither side of the relationship commented details about the reasoning for the split, instead simply announcing it in April and asking for some privacy. The duo was reportedly set to be married in May.

Coachella gets a new name inspired by Queen Bey

After Beyoncé’s historic performance at Coachella, fans and fellow celebrities alike are renaming the popular music festival “Beychella.” Beyoncé is the first Black woman to ever headline Coachella, and the singer made sure to give a nod to her roots during her performance by singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known as the Black national anthem, in addition to giving her performance a theme which acknowledges historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

 

Toronto stunned after van attack

Named the deadliest vehicle-ramming attack in Canadian history, the Toronto van attack killed 10 citizens and injured 16 after a man drove a van up onto the sidewalks and into pedestrians on April 22. The event took place in Toronto’s North York City Centre, and 25-year-old Alek Minassian was arrested just outside of the scene shortly after the attack.

Avengers: Infinity War makes its way to the big screen

Released on April 27, Avengers: Infinity War was one of the year’s best films, becoming the fourth movie and first superhero movie to gross over $2 billion. Infinity War was praised for its story, visual effects, and production, and the way it left viewers just a little bit broken after its ending. It won Movie of 2018 at the People’s Choice Awards, Choice Action Movie at the Teen Choice Awards, and has results for numerous other awards currently pending.

Cardi B announces pregnancy

After months of speculation and rumours, rapper Cardi B revealed her pregnancy on April 8 during a performance on Saturday Night Live. A few months later on July 10, Cardi B gave birth to her first child named Kulture Kiari Cephus.

Image from Cardi B’s Instagram

Tristan Thompson caught cheating on Khloe Kardashian

On April 10, videos and photos hit the web showing Tristan Thompson getting cozy next to a woman who was not his pregnant girlfriend, Khloe Kardashian. The evidence was from October 2017 but was released in April causing people to think it was a planned leak as a way to garner publicity for the Kardashians.

Khloe Kardashian gives birth

For the Kardashians, 2018 was the year of expanding …their family of course. A couple of days after Thompson’s cheating scandal broke, on April 12 Khloe Kardashian and the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player welcomed their first child, True Thompson.

Starbucks is in hot water

On April 12, Starbucks found itself in hot water when a manager at a Philadelphia location called the police on Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, two African-American men who had not purchased anything and were sitting in the shop waiting for a friend. The manager asked them to leave and when they refused, she called the police. The men were arrested, as the manager claimed that they were “trespassing”. Eye-witness videos of the incident quickly went viral on social media and was viewed over 10 million times. A few days later, Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson announces that Starbucks will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for an afternoon of racial-bias training for their 175,000 employees. Nelson and Robinson settle for $1 each with a promise for the city to set up a $200,000 scholarship for young entrepreneurs.

Swedish DJ Avicii dies

Swedish DJ and musician Avicii died of suicide at age 28 on April 20. Avicii had a huge influence in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre with hits such as “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”. Musicians Halsey, The Chainsmokers, Rita Ora and performers at the Tomorrowland festival paid tribute to the DJ.

Image from Medium.

A hero emerges during the Nashville Waffle House shooting

Four people were killed and two were injured when a gunman opened fire in a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee on April 22. The shooting was cut short when James Shaw Jr., a customer in the restaurant tackled the gunman and wrestled the gun away from the shooter saving countless lives.

Facebook Senate hearings

After news broke that millions of Facebook users’ private data was taken without permission, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to determine whether or not Facebook should be more heavily regulated. But to many, the hearing seemed more as though Zuckerberg was being asked how Facebook worked as opposed to what steps can be taken to ensure the protection of users’ privacy.

May

Childish Gambino releases “This is America”

After months of a tense political climate, rapper and actor Childish Gambino released his song “This is America” on May 6, which focuses on some problems with America. The song mostly focuses on troubles faced by Black Americans, however, the music video aims to tackle many different problems with America, including shootings, ignorance, and pop culture.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairytale wedding

Former Suits actress and Prince Harry wed on May 19 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. Broadcasted on almost every media outlet in North America, the actress and prince’s wedding had A-list celebrity guests including Serena Williams, Oprah and the cast of Suits.

Image from Irish Times.

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Split

Before being engaged to Pete Davidson, pop star Ariana Grande was dating the late rapper Mac Miller for almost two years. In May Ariana announced that they had parted ways due to their relationship turning toxic and his substance abuse.

Santa Fe High School shooting

10 students and teachers and 13 others were injured after a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18. The shooter was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school. This shooting is the second deadliest school shooting in United States.

Rap battles: Drake vs. Pusha T and Kanye West

Rappers Drake and Pusha T engaged in a feud resulting in several “diss” tracks towards each other. It begins when Pusha T released a song titled “Infrared” from his Daytona album which was produced by Kanye West and took aim at Drake’s suspected use of ghostwriters. Drake fired back with “Duppy Freestyle” which took aim at Pusha T and West. Drake also posted an invoice to his Instagram for “promotional assistance and career reviving”. Pusha T then released “The Story of Adidon” which revealed that Drake had a secret child. Its cover art was an old photo of Drake in “blackface” which Drake denied.

Modern day “Spider-Man” rescues a child

Not all heroes wear capes as proven by Mamoudou Gassama who quickly climbed four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony. The rescue occurred on May 26 in Paris and the rescue video went viral within a few days. Gassama met with French president Emmanuel Macron and was offered French citizenship and a job with the Paris fire brigade.

Yeezy at it again

The media in 2018 was not immune to a Kanye West lecture and during the month of May. In an act of spontaneity, West visited the TMZ office, going on a rant about free thinking, his opinions on Trump and why he believes slavery was a “choice.” West said “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? It’s like, we’re mentally imprisoned.” West’s comments caused heavy backlash and threats to boycott his music and clothing line.

June

Designer Kate Spade dies

Kate Spade, American fashion designer and co-owner of the brand Kate Spade New York died on June 5 at the age of 55 due to suicide. The designer was known for her fashionable and colourful handbags and eventually grew to selling home goods, shoes, clothing and jewellery.

Chef Anthony Bourdain dies

Considered to be one of the most influential chefs in the world, Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61 on June 8. As a television personality, Bourdain was the star of Parts Unknown, a travel and food series airing on CNN. The series aired from April 2013 to November 2018 and won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards over its five-year run.

Long-awaited Incredibles 2 is released

A sequel the world has been patiently awaiting for 14 years, Incredibles 2 finally hit the theatres on June 15. The film received praise for almost every aspect, including humour, action sequences, and musical score. And though most of us loved it just as much as the first movie, Incredibles 2 was criticized for not exactly continuing the storyline well. Regardless, the film set the record for the best debut for an animated film and became the fourth highest-grossing film of 2018 and won Favourite Family Movie at the People’s Choice Awards and Choice Summer Movie at the Teen Choice Awards.

Image from Wikipedia.

Rapper XXXTentacion dies

American rapper XXXTentacion was killed on June 18 at the mere age of 20. Several rappers and musicians mourned the musician’s death such as Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, J. Cole and Kanye West and more. The rapper has posthumously released an album called Skins, which charted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and is expecting a baby due in January 2019.

Drake releases Scorpion and a secret

On June 29, Drake releases his much anticipated album, Scorpion with several features from prominent artists such as Jay-Z and Ty Dolla Sign. The album’s biggest hit was “In My Feelings” which was inspired by New Orleans bounce music and spawned a dance challenge created by New York comedian known as Shiggy. The dance was called “Do the Shiggy” and several celebrities did the challenge including Ciara, Odell Beckham Jr. and Lala Anthony.

Aside from dance challenges, after months of speculation the Toronto rapper reveals he has a son named Adonis with French model Sophie Brussaux on a few tracks off the record. Notably, on “Emotionless” he raps “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid.”

Trump and Kim Jong Un meet at summit

The American President and North Korean leader met at the North Korean summit back in June to discuss denuclearization. Though the actual steps and details leading to denuclearization were still unclear after the summit, both leaders reached agreements where North Korea would undoubtedly work toward denuclearization and the U.S. would end its joint military exercises with South Korea among other things.

FIFA World Cup in Russia

For two months the world was glued to their television screens to watch the FIFA World Cup that was held in Russia. The final match was battled between past winner France and Croatia, the underdogs. After a well played match, the title ultimately went to France after a 4-2 lead.

#JusticeForJunior

In a case of mistaken identity, Lesandro Guzman Feliz was chased and dragged out of a convenience store in New York and stabbed to death on the sidewalk. His killers were part of the Bronx gang “The Trinitarios”. Many took to social media to ask for justice for Feliz. Feliz went by the name Junior by his family and friends.

July

G-Eazy and Halsey Split

After rekindling their relationship again in the summer, the two musicians have broken up for the second time. Sources close to Halsey say that they were doing well up until the 2018 MTV VMA’s. After performing at a club in Los Angeles, G-Eazy was seen flirting with women and telling them he was single, and always on and off with Halsey. It was rumoured infidelity was the reason they broke up the first time at the beginning of the year.

Demi Lovato has an overdose

On July 14, former Disney star and singer Demi Lovato suffered a near-fatal overdose after what’s believed to be a night of partying. The singer received lots of love and support from Ariana Grande, Missy Elliot, ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and Ellen DeGeneres to name a few. Lovato has been open with her struggles of substance abuse and sobriety and was sober for six years but admitted to a relapse in June. Lovato plans to attend rehab.

Image from People.

Mamma Mia! Here They Go Again

The sequel to its 2008 predecessor, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again featured all those ABBA songs we loved with a new storyline 10 years later. The movie did fairly well in the box office, grossing close to $400 million dollars and receiving some generally positive reviews.

Raptors trade DeRozan to Spurs for Leonard

On July 18, the Toronto Raptors traded Jakob Poeltl and fan-favourite DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs along with a first-round draft pick in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. This trade came as a shock to Raptors fans, Spurs fans, and basketball fans in general seeing as Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri told DeRozan a week before that he was not going to be traded.

Thailand cave rescue

A Thai soccer team and their coach found themselves trapped two miles inside the Tham Luang cave on June 23. A group of scuba divers discovered them nine days later, commencing the attempts to rescue the entire team. After 18 days with extensive planning and rescuing procedures which included rescuing only a couple boys at a time, the entire team plus the coach were finally all rescued on July 10.

Mass shooting on Danforth

July 22, Toronto residents were shocked upon learning of a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood, where 16 total people were shot including the gunman who was later killed by police. The victims ranged from 10 to 59 years of age.

LeBron goes to the Lakers

Back in the summer, LeBron James’ agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced that the NBA player had signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers which came as a huge shock for basketball fans. Previously playing as a free agent for his hometown team, James’ Lakers contract is his longest deal since he signed with the Miami Heat back in 2010.

Image from Loop News.

August

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin dies

The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died on August 16 at age 76. The singer belted out soulful hits such as “Respect”, “Think” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”. Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, has won 18 Grammy Awards including a Legend Award and Lifetime Achievement Award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Image from AARP.

Who is #1?: Nicki Minaj vs. Travis Scott

Rapper Nicki Minaj accused fellow rapper Travis Scott of using his relationship with reality star Kylie Jenner to boost to his album sales. Scott’s album, Astroworld was number one on the Billboard 200 charts the same week as Minaj’s album, Queen. Minaj was also angry that Scott sold album merchandise and tour tickets which counted towards album sales.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before comes to Netflix

Based on the book of the same name by Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was one of 2018’s most hyped rom-coms, following the beloved Lara Jean and her charming counterpart Peter as they navigate the problems which arise due to their fake romantic relationship. The film, released on Netflix on August 17, received a lot of praise, and the sequel P.S. I Still Love You is set to be released in the coming years.

California set ablaze

California experienced another year of large wildfires, starting off the year with the ever-growing Thomas fire which was not fully extinguished until January 12. Then, in the summer, the state found itself battling the Complex Fire. On top of that, in November, California was devastated by another set of fires near Malibu, which destroyed many celebrities’ homes, including that of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Though many have acknowledged that the cause of the fires is due to the current drought that is worsening with climate change, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that the real reason was simply poor forest management.

September

Unarmed Black man killed in his own apartment

On September 6, Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man was killed in his own apartment by Amber Guyger, a Dallas police officer who mistakenly believed Jean broke into her apartment. Guyger was fired and has been charged with murder.

Rapper Mac Miller dies

American rapper and singer Mac Miller died on September 7 at the age of 26 due to a drug overdose. Miller was mourned by many fans and celebrities such as ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, John Mayer, Chance the Rapper, Solange, Kehlani and several more. The rapper has been nominated for best rap album at the 2019 Grammy’s for his album Swimming which was released a month before his death.

Image from Vulture.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin get hitched

In a private ceremony at The New York City Courthouse, the pair wed after being engaged for two months. Bieber confirmed the news over Instagram in a very mushy post about his now wife.

Serena Williams calls out U.S. Open umpire

Following her defeat of the U.S. Open final, Serena Williams called out umpire Carlos Ramos for the way she was treated during the game. Williams was given multiple penalties, including one for calling Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” during a rant. The athlete claims it was sexist for her to be given a penalty for something that many male athletes get away with, and while many think Williams was just being a “sore loser,” other athletes took her side. Williams was also fined a total of $17,000 for her code violations.

Rap beef: Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B

The two rappers got into an altercation at New York Fashion Week’s annual Harper’s Bazaar event.  According to TMZ, Cardi attempted to confront Nicki but after a few words were exchanged she lunged toward her. Security had to hold Cardi B back, stopping her inches within contact. She then pulled off her shoe and threw it at Minaj but missed. Cardi was then escorted out of the event but was photographed with a large bump over her left eye and a ripped Dolce and Gabbana dress.

Colin Kapernick’s Nike ad

In early September Nike released a new ad for their campaign in support of Colin Kaepernick. The ad featured the former NFL player which caused both support and outrage from many people. While some applauded Nike others took to social media to film themselves burning and throwing out their Nike gear.

Image from Detroit Free Press.

October

Jamaican artist Spice “bleaches” her skin

Jamaican artist Spice was at the centre of controversy when she posted a photo of herself looking noticeably lighter as a result of skin bleaching. Thankfully it was not real and the stunt was done in anticipation of her song titled “Black Hypocrisy” which criticizes the Black community for bashing darker-skinned women.

The Duchess of Cambridge becomes an aunt

Another Royal baby has arrived! Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews welcome their first child together, Arthur Michael William born on October 15. Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is now an aunt for the first time.

The Duke and Duchess announce a royal pregnancy

Just five months after their spring wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, announce on October 15 that they are expecting their first child.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split

Shortly after her breakup from Mac Miller, Grande and comedian Pete Davidson were seen together. By the end of the summer, the lovebirds were engaged, breaking the internet with matching tattoos and PDA pictures. With a song named after him in her new album, they had convinced the world they were going strong. By the beginning of October, they had announced their split after being together for four months and engaged for three. Although nobody really knows the real cause for their split, rumours have been circulating about Pete using her name to increase his own fame.

Image from Elle.

Canada legalizes cannabis

The legalization of cannabis nationwide on October 17 was one of the most anticipated events of the year, though surrounded by mixed thoughts and emotions. While some believe that the legalization will be better for the country and lower crime rates due to illegal trafficking of the drug, many believe that it may only result in even heavier drug use. Either way, the legalization is extremely historic.

A Star is Born dazzles in theaters

The musical film starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hit theaters on October 5, receiving worldwide praise for so many of its production aspects. It’s then no surprise that the film was named one of the Top 10 Films of 2018 by both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute on top of being nominated for numerous awards. This version of A Star is Born marks the fourth remake of the film.

November

Bohemian Rhapsody hits the big screen

The Queen biopic stunned audiences back in November with its incredible casting and amazing reenactment of the band’s iconic 1985 Live Aid performance. Bohemian Rhapsody was heavily criticized for the way it portrayed Freddie Mercury’s life, as well as some inaccuracies within the story. But aside from this, the film was generally praised, and its adornment showed in the box office, where the film grossed $702 million and became the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all-time.

Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka split

After nearly two years of dating, the TV personality and her fiancé have called off their engagement. While being overseas in Dubai and Australia, Paris came to the realization it wasn’t meant to be and that Zylka wasn’t right for her.

Ariana Grande says “thank u, next” to her exes

On November 3, and after a rather eventful year for one of the world’s top pop stars, Ariana Grande releases “thank u, next,” a self-love anthem where she thanks her exes including Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, the late Mac Miller and Pete Davidson for helping her grow and improve herself. Fans fell in love with the song quickly, immediately saying that the song was one of Grande’s best.

Mass shooting at a bar in California

A bar in Thousand Oaks, California was the victim of a mass shooting on November 7, killing 13 people including the perpetrator. Many of the victims were college students as the event was “College Country Night”. One of the victims had survived the 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

Marvel and DC creator Stan Lee dies

Comic legend Stan Lee died on November 12 at 95 years old. Lee wrote several iconic Marvel and DC comics such as Batman, Black Panther, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and many more. Many of his comics have been developed into wildly successful films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Suicide Squad.

Image from Wikipedia.

Model Kim Porter dies

Kim Porter, model, actress and ex-girlfriend to mogul Sean Combs, known as Diddy, died on November 15 at the age of 47. Porter and Combs had three children together: Christian, 20, twins Jessie James Combs and D’Lila Star, 12. Porter and singer Al B Sure also share a son, 27-year-old actor Quincy Brown. Porter was remembered by many celebrities such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Missy Elliot and many more.

SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg dies

Stephen Hillenburg, best known for creating the hit television series SpongeBob SquarePants died on November 26 at age 57 due to a year-long battle with ALS. Hillenburg won two Emmys and six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants. As a tribute, there is a petition with over a million signature for SpongeBob to perform “Sweet Victory”, a rock song from the series at the upcoming Super Bowl LIII.

Former U.S president George H.W. Bush dies

The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush died on November 30 at 94 years-old. Bush was the longest-lived president in U.S. history. His presidency included signing the monumental North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A few months prior to his death, his wife Laura Bush died at age 92 on April 17.

Students suspended after videos of assault surface

Many were left heartbroken after hearing that videos of the assault two teen boys were surfacing on the internet. Both the victims and group of boys who assaulted them were students of St. Michael’s College School in Toronto. The public eventually learned that the school actually kept quiet about the assaults instead of reporting them, which sparked outrage. Eventually, the students who lead the group assaults were expelled from the school, and shortly after, both the President and principal of the school stepped down.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra wed

Every girl’s dream is for a guy to slide into her messages and it actually works out… especially if it’s Nick Jonas. For Priyanka Chopra, this dream came true. After catching her attention through Instagram, the couple became engaged in late July. The couple then planned a multi-day celebration in Jodhpur, India starting on November 30.

Image from People.

December

Cardi B and Offset split

Cardi B in a now deleted Instagram video that her and Offset split on December 4 after one year of marriage. Although the reasoning behind their split is not fully disclosed, Cardi B has been very open this year about Offset’s infidelity. Offset has gone to great lengths to get his wife back using social media and crashing the stage during her Rolling Loud performance with flowers reading “Take me back”.

Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan split

After going strong over the summer, actress Hailee Steinfeld and One Direction singer Niall Horan have called it quits. Fans began noticing the separation in the beginning of December and was then later confirmed by sources close to the couple. The split was rumoured to be fuelled by Steinfeld meeting up with her ex Cameron Smoller.

Fake photos of Travis Scott hit the web

A staged photo of Travis Scott supposedly cheating on girlfriend Kylie Jenner hit the web in early December. Scott denied that it was him in photos and he was right when YouTube Christian Adam admitted that the photos were staged by him.

Remy Ma gives birth

Just before the year was over, rappers Remy Ma and Papoose announced the birth of their first child together on December 14. Although they have yet to reveal her name, Remy took to Instagram and referred to her as the “Golden Child.” This name is rooted from the struggles Ma faced in recent years involving her miscarriage last year.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth tied the knot

The love birds exchanged their vows the weekend before Christmas in a small ceremony with close friends and family. The couple first met on the set of “The Last Song” in 2009 and got engaged in 2012. After calling off their engagement and breaking up for three years, they recently rekindled their love for each other.

Image from Cosmopolitan.

Year-long beef between Drake and Kanye West

Drake and Kanye West were once comrades who did features on each other’s songs until 2018… Drake accused West of spilling the secret of about his child to Pusha T who used that information in his song “The Story of Adidon”. In August, Drake was performing in West’s home state of Chicago where he changed a lyric in his single “Know Yourself”. The lyric originally said, “Then Kanye dropped, it was polos and backpacks” but was changed to “Then Kanye flopped.” Kanye denied telling Pusha T of Drake’s child and was open to reconciliation. West then went on a rant on Instagram to address rumours of Drake having an affair with his wife, Kim Kardashian. This beef drags on throughout the entire year but comes to a head in December, West went on a Twitter rampage stating that Drake threatened his family.  Kim Kardashian even jumped in claiming that West “paved the way for there to be a Drake.”

Bird Box flies its way to Netflix

Released just over week before the end of the year on December 21, Bird Box found mainstream success with people of various ages. Following a family who choses to blindfold themselves to avoid seeing a suicide-inducing creature, the film received a bit of criticism for having a “flat plot” and being “laughable,” but anyone on Twitter can see just how much the chilling drama struck a chord with some users.

Adding stars to Canada’s Walk of Fame

Back in July, the Walk of Fame organization announced 10 new inductees to the already extensive lineup of Canadians who have changed the nation: Andrea Martin, Col. Chris Hadfield, Andy Kim, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Dr. Joanne Liu, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jimmy Pattison, and Leonard Cohen as the Legend Inductee as well as Jessie Reyes as the Allan Slaight Honour Recipient. The ceremony took place on December 1, with each inductee receiving their very own star to be added to King and Simcoe Streets in downtown Toronto.

Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor of Walk Off the Earth dies

On December 30, Canadian band Walk Off the Earth announced on social media the passing of bandmate Mike Taylor, also known as “Beard Guy.” According to the band, Taylor died on December 29 in his sleep of natural causes, leaving behind two children. Walk Off the Earth was set to play a show on New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls, but the show was cancelled.

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