TOP 10 NEWS STORIES, 2018

We look through the top 10 news stories of 2018!

2018 has been an eventful year, so we decided to countdown the top 10 moments for the year, from the World Cup to the Royal Weddings, take a look at the events that made 2018…
10. Mickey at 90!

Mickey Mouse, the iconic character reached a milestone in 2018 after he turned 90-years-old. The titular creation of Walt Disney celebrated the landmark birthday with a birthday celebration from TV shows to Theme Park parades.

Mickey has seen much change throughout the years, first entering the imagination of Disney on a train journey. This led to the character becoming the symbol of the Disney Empire and becoming an icon himself.

But Mickey’s birthday also marked his long-term partner, Minnie’s too.

To read our own article on Mickey's 90th, see here!

Video courtesy of ABC

9. North Korea Denuclearize

After years of political wrangling, North Korea finally announced the secret state would denuclearize. It came after pressure from President Trump who met with Dictator, Kim Jong-Un.

Furthermore, 2018 marked the first time North Korea did not launch any testing missiles, adding to the reality of the country's commitment to the agreement made with the US.

North Korea also made history as President Trump attended a much debated summit, alluding to the forthcoming promise to denuclearize.

Video courtesy of CBS This Morning

8. Aretha Franklin Dies

She was the Queen of Soul and sadly this year we lost the great Aretha Franklin who died at the age of 76. The iconic singer who was famous for hits such as R.E.S.P.E.C.T and her role in ‘Blues Brothers’ had suffered from health problems for months, most notably, cancer.

The singer was also known for her activism and anti-racism messaging, including the Civil Rights Movement.

Franklin was laid to rest in her native Detroit and her funeral was an epic celebration of her life and music, which lasted over 4 hours!

Video courtesy of ABC News

7. Thailand Cave Rescue

In what was 2018’s more incredible stories of bravery, the rescue of 12 boys from a Thai cave shocked the world. But what was more shocking, was not just the rescue of the football team but the incredible success of the mission.

The team was trapped for seventeen days in the flooded cave after exploring the massive underground system and monsoon rains flooded their path.

The epic rescue combined the Thailand Military and British cave divers who managed to save each of the 12 boys safely.

Video courtesy of ITV/This Morning

6. Me Too Again

After last year's shocking revelations regarding Harvey Weinstein, another year passed where the ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ movements dominated the entertainment world.

With the allegations regarding sexual assault against Kevin Spacey hitting the World Press, women took more of a stand against the treatment of actresses in Hollywood.

However, it hasn’t all been good news, as the movement has faced backlash from actors and media outlets alike. Stars such as Henry Cavill, Joan Collins, William Shatner and more have chastised the movements, claiming it makes the act of flirting more complicated, and in light of fake accusations hitting the headlines, has asked the question of whether the movements have gone too far?

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5. Pallett Scandal

It was this years most complained about moment to TV regulator, OFCOM and highlighted a bigger question of the recent ‘Me Too’ movement.

Celebrity Big Brother has forever caused controversy, however this year it surpassed itself as actress Roxanne Pallett falsely accused former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas of assault. Seemingly forgetting that the show is captured 24/7, Pallett shamelessly spent three days perpetuating a false allegation that Thomas punched her repeatedly. Producers stepped in as the actress complained, saying she didn’t feel safe with Ryan in the house, resulting in him being given a formal warning.

The backlash was monumental, with Pallett walking out of the show to universal anger and her career in tatters. Ryan Thomas, however went on to win the show and see his popularity soar.

Video courtesy of Big Brother UK/Channel 5

4. Royal Weddings

In another Royal story; the tale of two weddings. Two of the Queen’s grandchildren, Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie both married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Harry married former ‘Suits’ actress and American divorcee, Meghan Markle after a somewhat whirlwind romance. Eugenie married long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in an autumnal ceremony. And whilst one couple is largely more public, Harry and Meghan, it was Eugenie’s dress that caused the biggest reaction on social media, as Royal fans fell head over heels for the stunning wedding dress.

Meghan’s caused a less excited reaction, with many fans disappointed by the minimal design, which instead focused on a dramatic veil. Both weddings were attended to by members of the Royal Family. However Harry and Meghan decided to opt out of inviting less prominent members and instead invited A-List celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.

Video courtesy of ITV News

3. Prince Louis

It was a big year for the Royal Family and one of the more huge moments was the birth of Prince Louis.

The third child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and fifth-in-line to the Throne was born on 23rd of April amongst mass media interest.

The happy couple introduced their new-born son to the world in the same way both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were, by standing on the famous steps of the Lindo Wing in London.

Kate ignited memories of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana as she wore a similar red outfit like William’s mother. The young Prince has only made five appearances in the public eye since, the most recent in the Cambridge’s annual Christmas Card.

Video courtesy of The Royal Family Channel

2. Trump in London

It was eventually going to happen, and whilst it wasn’t a full scale State Visit, President Donald Trump achieved his wish of meeting Her Majesty, The Queen.

The visit was met with mass protests, with over 250,000 protesters marching through the centre of London. This resulted in the President and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump conducting engagements away from the Capital. But perhaps the most anticipated moment was the meeting between the President and the 92-year-old Monarch.

Though the meeting went on longer than expected, criticism wasn’t far behind, with Trump critics slating the President for seemingly walking ahead of the Queen. The tour was a whirlwind visit which has left the opportunity of a full State Visit more likely.

Video courtesy of TIME

1. Football's Coming Home!

They captured the imagination of the entire country, which is why it takes our top spot!

Not since 1990 had England reached a Semi-Final in the World Cup, and this year the 28-year long absence was finally broken as Gareth Southgate and his team stormed through the iconic football tournament in Russia. The Nation was caught up in football fever as chants of “football’s coming home” rang out across every city and home in the country. And though the team sadly didn’t make it to the final, they did achieve another first – winning our first ever penalty shootout!

England’s achievements pulled the country together, and for that they are our pick of the top moment of 2018!

Video courtesy of BBC Sport