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2018 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

A Quick Look Back at 2018

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 2018?

  1. The biggest news stories from 2018 included the World Cup, Hurricane Florence, the Mega Millions jackpot, the midterm elections, Hurricane Michael, Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, the royal wedding, the government shutdowns, the Winter Olympics medal count, and the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
  2. In September, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Florence was considered to be one of the wettest tropical systems to ever hit North Carolina, and some parts of the state received nearly three feet of rain.
  3. In October, Hurricane Michael became the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Michael packed maximum sustained winds of 155 mph as it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, which made it much stronger than Hurricane Florence.
  4. The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history burned through northern California’s Butte County. A total of 86 people died, 153,336 acres were burned, and 18,804 buildings were destroyed.
  5. The unemployment rate peaked at 4%, and inflation was 2.49%. San Diego experienced the highest rate of inflation between 2017 and 2018 (5.47%), and Philadelphia experienced the lowest rate (1.33%).
  6. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 8.5% of the U.S. population—or 27.5 million people—didn't have health insurance for all of 2018. That's up from 7.9%, or 25.6 million people, who lacked coverage for all of 2017.
  7. The poverty rate fell from 12.3% in 2017 to 11.8% in 2018.
  8. Debt.org tells us that “American household debt hit a record $13.21 trillion in 2018. If you had to write that check it would read $13,210,000,000,000.”
  9. Toys ‘R’ Us announced that it would close or sell all of its remaining stores, Sears filed for bankruptcy, and General Motors announced that it would close five factories in North America and eliminate 14,000 jobs.
  10. General Electric—the last original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average—was dropped from the index after more than a century.
  11. Coca-Cola launched Lemon-Do, its first alcoholic beverage, but was only selling it on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The “fizzy, lemon-flavored drink” was available in cans with 3%, 5%, and 7% alcohol.
  12. Starbucks announced that it would stop using plastic straws by 2020. (This amounts to about one billion straws annually.)
  13. Scientists discovered the earliest known evidence of bread-making from a 14,000-year-old dig site in the Black Desert of Jordan.
  14. The Philadelphia Eagles were the Super Bowl champs, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and the Washington Capitals clinched the Stanley Cup.
  15. NASA scientists announced that global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 ºF warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, but ranked behind those of 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  16. About 15 inches of snow fell in the Sahara Desert, the heaviest snowfall on record blanketed Moscow, and Japan recorded its highest temperature ever—105.98F.
  17. American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle.
  18. In 2018, The Simpsons—the animated Fox sitcom—aired its 636th episode and became the longest-running primetime series. The show surpassed the CBS western Gunsmoke, which aired 635 episodes between 1955-75.
  19. The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
  20. Karthik Nemmani of Texas won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “koinonia.”

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 2018-19:

  1. Roseanne (ABC)
  2. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)
  3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  4. NCIS (CBS)
  5. This Is Us (NBC)

Here are ten food and beverage trends for the year:

  1. Cinnamon rolls
  2. Filipino cuisine
  3. Fried chicken
  4. Giant soup dumplings
  5. Iced lattes (with and without alcohol)
  6. La Croix sparkling water
  7. Mexican food
  8. Mini corn dogs
  9. Nuts and seeds
  10. Roasted cauliflower

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 2018. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2018.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2018.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 2018?
  2. History Facts From the USA and World
  3. Sports Trivia
  4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  5. Nobel Prize Winners
  6. NPD BookScan’s Top 10 Print Books
  7. Most Popular Television Shows From 2018-19
  8. Highest-Grossing Films
  9. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  10. Horror Movies From 2018
  11. Most Popular Music Artists
  12. Top 40 Songs for the Year
  13. Video Games Released in 2018
  14. Food and Beverage Trivia
  15. Famous Weddings
  16. Well-Known People Who Died in 2018
  17. Best-Selling Cars, SUVs, and Trucks
  18. America’s Largest Corporations
  19. The World’s Most Admired Companies
In 2018, General Motors announced that it would close five factories in North America and eliminate 14,000 jobs.

In 2018, General Motors announced that it would close five factories in North America and eliminate 14,000 jobs.

1. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 2018?

  1. WhiteHouse.gov reports that in 2018, the U.S. economy “grew at a rapid rate of 3.1 percent, the fastest pace for any calendar year since 2005, with output rising by $560 billion over the four quarters of the year.”
  2. In 2018, the unemployment rate peaked at 4.0 percent. BLS.gov points out that “In June 2018, the unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage point to 4.0 percent, and the number of people who were unemployed was 6.6 million.”
  3. The inflation rate was 2.49%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Purchasing power decreased by 2.49% in 2018 compared to 2017. On average, you would have to spend 2.49% more money in 2018 than in 2017 for the same item.”
  4. San Diego experienced the highest rate of inflation between 2017 and 2018 (5.47%), and Philadelphia experienced the lowest rate (1.33%).
  5. In 2018, median household income in the U.S. was $63,179, while average household expenses were $61,224.
  6. The 10 biggest household expenses for the average American family are housing, Social Security and pensions, utilities, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel, health care, charitable contributions, and education. In 2018, Americans spent more money on housing (2.5%), Social Security and pensions (6.5%), food (1.2%), transportation (6.9%), apparel (0.5%), health care (2.5%), and charitable contributions (5.8%) than in 2017. On the other hand, they spent less money on education (-7.1%) and entertainment (-5.7%) than during the previous year.
  7. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 8.5% of the U.S. population—or 27.5 million people—didn't have health insurance for all of 2018. That's up from 7.9%, or 25.6 million people, who lacked coverage for all of 2017.
  8. The poverty rate fell from 12.3% in 2017 to 11.8% in 2018.
  9. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.79.
  10. Americans paid an average of $35,742 for a new car, a 2% increase over 2017.
  11. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “the average electric bill in 2018 was $117.65. The average amount of electricity used was 914-kilowatt hours and the average cost of electricity was 12.87 cents per kilowatt-hour.”
  12. Reuters.com confirms that “During the winter of 2018-2019, the average U.S. household spent an estimated $581 using natural gas, $1,520 using heating oil and $1,174 using electricity. In the Midwest, the average household using propane spent $1,338.”
  13. In 2018, the average cable bill was $107, a 50% increase over 2010 when cable bills were $71.24 a month.
  14. J.D. Power reports that in 2018, the average cell phone bill was $70 for a single user.
  15. According to the U.S. Department of Education, tuition and fees at a public four-year institution averaged $7,345.44 for the 2017-18 academic year.
  16. During the second quarter of 2018, single family homes and condos in the U.S. sold for a median price of $255,000, up 6.3% from the previous year.
  17. On the last day of trading for the year, the Dow closed at 23,327.
  18. Statista.com reveals that from 2012 to 2018, the annual average gold price dropped from $1,668.98 per troy ounce to $1,268.49 per troy ounce.
  19. Debt.org tells us that “American household debt hit a record $13.21 trillion in 2018. If you had to write that check it would read $13,210,000,000,000.” (Please note that household debt includes credit cards, medical bills, personal loans, mortgages, rent, utilities, cell phone and cable bills, insurance premiums, car and student loans, alimony, child support, taxes, criminal fines, or money that you have borrowed from friends and family.)
  20. In 2018, over 50% of American households had credit card debt, and the average family carried a balance of $5,700. In Rhode Island, the average credit card debt per household was $6,104; in New Jersey, it was $9,454; in Ohio, it was $5,446; in North Dakota, it was $8,450; in Florida, it was $8,444; and in California, it was $10,496.
In 2018, The Simpsons—the animated Fox sitcom—aired its 636th episode and became the longest-running primetime series. The show surpassed the CBS western Gunsmoke, which aired 635 episodes between 1955-75.

In 2018, The Simpsons—the animated Fox sitcom—aired its 636th episode and became the longest-running primetime series. The show surpassed the CBS western Gunsmoke, which aired 635 episodes between 1955-75.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. On January 4, a lawyer representing U.S. President Donald Trump sought to stop the publication of a book on Trump's administration. Fire and Fury—by journalist Michael Wolff—”details the behavior of U.S. President Donald Trump, the staff of his 2016 presidential campaign, and the White House staff.” (The book was published on January 5 and later became a New York Times bestseller.)
  2. In January and February, the U.S. government had two partial shutdowns that were separated by only two-and-a-half weeks. Both shutdowns were caused by “disagreements between Republicans and Democrats on several issues, including immigration, healthcare, and President Trump's proposed border wall.” The first shutdown lasted for three days, while the second one lasted for less than two hours.
  3. On January 7, about 15 inches of snow fell in the Sahara Desert. The New York Times remarks that “Unforgivingly hot in the day, but freezing during the night, the Sahara is renowned for its extreme temperatures.”
  4. NPR reports that on January 25, “A panel of scientists and policy experts moved their Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, citing President Trump's rhetoric on nuclear weapons, environmental deterioration due to climate change, and a lack of trust in political institutions.”
  5. On January 29, the Cleveland Indians announced that they would remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019.
  6. On February 3, the heaviest snowfall on record blanketed Moscow.
  7. On February 9, the Winter Olympics opened in South Korea. Vox.com tells us that “The opening ceremony was held Friday, February 9, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with all the spectacle that the event typically entails—from the lighting of the Olympic cauldron to the Parade of Nations to a series of performances that showcase the host nation's history and culture.”
  8. On February 14, Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, opened fire on the school’s campus and killed 17 people.
  9. On February 20, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance at London fashion week, “taking a front-row seat next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.”
  10. On February 25, the Winter Olympics ended “with a big party and a last farewell from the 2,920 athletes who competed on ice and snow in South Korea.” BusinessInsider.com tells us that “Norway won the overall medal count with 39, while it tied Germany with 14 gold medals apiece. The United States finished a relatively disappointing fourth with 23 medals and nine golds.”
  11. On March 1, President Trump announced that he would “impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to protect U.S. producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe, and neighboring Canada.”
  12. On March 15, Toys ‘R’ Us announced that it would close or sell all of its remaining stores. After 70 years in business, the chain filed for bankruptcy in September 2017, “hoping to shed debt and reinvest in its stores.”
  13. On May 19, American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle.
  14. On May 28, Coca-Cola launched Lemon-Do, its first alcoholic beverage, but was only selling it on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The “fizzy, lemon-flavored drink” was available in cans with 3%, 5%, and 7% alcohol.
  15. On June 5, the Miss America pageant announced that it was ending its swimsuit competition. According to the New York Times, “For the first time in nearly a century, Miss America contestants will not strut onstage in swimsuits this year, as the pageant tries to redefine its role in an era of female empowerment and gender equality.”
  16. On June 19, General Electric—the last original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average—was dropped from the index after more than a century. Money.CNN.com explains that “GE's stock plunge helped lead to its exit from the Dow. That's because the Dow is price-weighted, meaning that GE's $13 price tag had little impact on the index.”
  17. On July 9, Starbucks announced that it would stop using plastic straws by 2020. (This amounts to about one billion straws annually.)
  18. On July 16, twelve new moons that orbit Jupiter were discovered, bringing Jupiter’s moon total to 79.
  19. On July 17, scientists discovered the earliest known evidence of bread-making from a 14,000-year-old dig site in the Black Desert of Jordan. BBC.com reveals that “The stone age bread-makers took flour made from wild wheat and barley, mixed it with the pulverised roots of plants, added water, and then baked it.”
  20. On July 23, Japan recorded its highest temperature ever—105.98F.
  21. From September 12-15, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Florence was considered to be one of the wettest tropical systems to ever hit North Carolina, and some parts of the state received nearly three feet of rain.
  22. On September 28, over 50 million Facebook accounts were hacked because of a security breach.
  23. On October 1, the United States, Canada, and Mexico announced a new trade deal that would replace NAFTA.
  24. On October 11, Hurricane Michael became the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Michael packed maximum sustained winds of 155 mph as it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle, which made it much stronger than Hurricane Florence.
  25. On October 15, American retailer Sears filed for bankruptcy “after years of losses and mounting competition from online rivals such as Amazon.”
  26. In November, the much-anticipated midterm elections saw the Democrats win a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, and the Republicans strengthen their majority in the Senate.
  27. On November 26, General Motors announced that it would close five factories in North America and eliminate 14,000 jobs.
  28. On November 30, Marriott revealed that hackers “have had access to the reservation systems of many of its hotel chains for the past four years, a breach that exposed private details of up to 500 million customers while underscoring the sensitive nature of records showing where and when people travel—and with whom.”
  29. December 5 was a national day of mourning for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
  30. NASA scientists announced that global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 ºF warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, but ranked behind those of 2015, 2016, and 2017.
In 2018, fried chicken was a real crowd-pleaser.

In 2018, fried chicken was a real crowd-pleaser.

3. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. Indianapolis 500: Will Power
  2. Kentucky Derby: Good Magic
  3. Orange Bowl: Wisconsin over Miami
  4. Rose Bowl: Georgia over Oklahoma
  5. Stanley Cup Champs: Washington Capitals
  6. Sugar Bowl: Alabama over Clemson
  7. Super Bowl Champions: Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Tour de France: Geraint Thomas
  9. U.S. Open Golf: Brooks Koepka
  10. World Series: Boston Red Sox
In 2018, Apple was one of America’s largest corporations, and was also the world’s most admired company.

In 2018, Apple was one of America’s largest corporations, and was also the world’s most admired company.

4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 2000s, radio, film, television, books, and the internet defined the essence of American pop culture.

  1. Popular baby names for boys in 2018 were Atticus, Milo, Jasper, Asher, Jack, Theodore, Silas, Wyatt, Henry, Finn, Oscar, Oliver, Declan, Leo, Aryan, and Felix.
  2. Popular baby names for girls included Olivia, Isla, Amara, Cora, Charlotte, Aurora, Amelia, Ava, Rose, Genevieve, Ophelia, Maeve, Eleanor, Iris, Ada, Luna, and Penelope.
  3. The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 78.7 years, “which is an increase of 0.1 years (about a month on average) compared to the life expectancy of 78.6 years in 2017.”
  4. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $5.2 million.
  5. Favorite Halloween costumes were Spider-Man, unicorns, dinosaurs, witches, Harley Quinn, superheroes, pirates, rabbits, and princesses.
  6. Popular holiday gifts included Bluetooth speakers, Quidditch Match LEGO Harry Potter play sets, Dyson V6B cordless vacuums, espresso and cappuccino machines, the deluxe edition Monopoly game, photo printers, and the Samsung smart TV.
  7. Fashion trends in 2018 included dark denim, camp collar shirts, faux fur, the death of skinny jeans, tweed, boots with suits, leopard prints, shorter shorts, pearls, hiking boots, high cut swimwear, camo, high-waisted pants, checkered patterns, seasoned stripes, and sequins.
  8. Fashion icons for the year included Meghan Markle, Margot Robbie, Zoe Kravitz, Priyanka Chopra, Blake Lively, and Kate Middleton.
  9. Cara Mudd of North Dakota won the Miss America crown.
  10. Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska became Miss USA.
  11. Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists.
  12. At the 90th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2017, The Shape of Water won an Oscar for Best Picture, Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) won an Oscar for Best Director, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  13. At the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Game of Thrones (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Bill Hader (Barry) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  14. In 2018, The Simpsons—the animated Fox sitcom—aired its 636th episode and became the longest-running primetime series. The show surpassed the CBS western Gunsmoke, which aired 635 episodes between 1955-75.
  15. On August 16, Forbes announced that Scarlett Johansson was the best-paid actress of 2018, earning $40.5 million.
  16. In January 2018, there were over four billion Internet users on the planet.
  17. In April, there were over 1.8 billion websites on the Internet.
  18. In April, there were over 132 million registered .com domain names.
  19. Between 2013 and 2018, website traffic from mobile phones increased by 36%.
  20. YouTube users in 2018 surpassed the 1.5 billion mark, making YouTube “the most popular website for viewing and uploading videos in the world.”
  21. In January, snow blanketed Tallahassee, Florida for the first time in nearly 20 years. Weather.com tells us that just after New Year's Day, winter storm Grayson blanketed Tallahassee with its first measurable snow since 1989, and the first January snow since 1885.
  22. During February 2018, it was summer in ten eastern states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ohio. According to Weather Underground, summer-like heat cooked the eastern U.S. on February 20-21, smashing records from Georgia to Maine. At least 24 cities, including New York (78°), Hartford, CT (74°), and Concord, NH (74°), recorded their hottest February temperatures since records began in the late 1800s.
  23. Remember the summer-like heat on February 20-21? In March, four nor'easters—Riley (March 2), Quinn (March 7), Skylar (March 13), and Toby (March 21)—brought heavy snow, damaging winds, and coastal flooding to the eastern seaboard.
  24. On March 19, a hailstone that was more than five inches in diameter was found near Cullman, Alabama.
  25. In late March, orange snow was seen over parts of Russia, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova.
  26. On April 14-15, 49.69 inches of rain fell at a location on Kauai, Hawaii. Weather.com points out that if the rainfall amount can be verified, the total would top the 24-hour rain record of 43 inches in Alvin, Texas, during tropical storm Claudette in July 1979.
  27. The coldest April in 21 years for the continental United States was followed by the hottest May.
  28. In just six weeks, Minneapolis-St. Paul went from “its heaviest April snowstorm on record in mid-April to a Memorial Day high of 100 degrees.”
  29. On June 26, “a storm off the coast of Newfoundland had just enough cold air to blanket parts of the island with snow, prompting plows to be called out.”
  30. In early June, “a pair of EF3 tornadoes tore through areas near Gillette and Laramie, Wyoming, the first F/EF3 or stronger tornadoes in the state since 1987.” (According to FactsJustForKids.com, an EF3 tornado is the third most intense tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. An EF3 will have wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph, which can cause severe damage.)
In 2018, The Big Bang Theory (CBS) was one of the most popular television shows.

In 2018, The Big Bang Theory (CBS) was one of the most popular television shows.

5. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 2018 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: George Smith, Frances Arnold, and Gregory Winter
  • Economics: Paul Romer and William Nordhaus
  • Literature: Olga Tokarczuk
  • Peace: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad
  • Physics: Gérard Mourou, Arthur Ashkin, and Donna Strickland
  • Physiology or medicine: James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo

6. NPD BookScan’s Top 10 Print Books

According to their website, “NPD BookScan™ is the gold standard in POS [point-of-sale] tracking for the publishing market. It covers approximately 85 percent of trade print books sold in the U.S., through direct reporting from all major retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, independent bookstores, and many others.”

  1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (Holt)
  2. Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines (Harper)
  3. A Higher Loyalty by James Comey (Flatiron)
  4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Macmillan)
  5. Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
  6. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo (Chronicle)
  7. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson (Random Canada)
  8. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss (Random)
  9. The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton/James Patterson (Little, Brown/Knopf)
  10. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (Hachette)

7. Most Popular Television Shows From 2018-19

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen TV Research.

  1. Roseanne (ABC)
  2. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)
  3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  4. NCIS (CBS)
  5. This Is Us (NBC)
  6. Young Sheldon (CBS)
  7. Manifest (NBC)
  8. The Good Doctor (ABC)
  9. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday) (NBC)
  10. Bull (CBS)
In 2018, the movie Jurassic Park (1993) was added to the National Film Registry.

In 2018, the movie Jurassic Park (1993) was added to the National Film Registry.

8. Highest-Grossing Films

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of The-Numbers.com.

  1. Black Panther
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Incredibles 2
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  5. Deadpool 2
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  8. Mission: Impossible—Fallout
  9. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story

9. Entries Into the National Film Registry

According to CBSNews.com, the National Film Registry is a “compendium of motion pictures that have been judged to be culturally, aesthetically[,] or historically important and worthy of preservation for future generations. In addition to Hollywood studio classics and box office hits, the Registry also protects independent films, documentaries, experimental works, cartoons, music videos, educational and training films, ads, and even home movies.”

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, here are the 2018 additions to the National Film Registry:

  1. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
  2. Broadcast News (1987)
  3. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  4. Cinderella (1950)
  5. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  6. Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)
  7. Eve's Bayou (1997)
  8. The Girl Without a Soul (1917)
  9. Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)
  10. Hearts and Minds (1974)
  11. Hud (1963)
  12. The Informer (1935)
  13. Jurassic Park (1993)
  14. The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
  15. Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
  16. Monterey Pop (1968)
  17. My Fair Lady (1964)
  18. The Navigator (1924)
  19. On the Town (1949)
  20. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
  21. Pickup on South Street (1953)
  22. Rebecca (1940)
  23. The Shining (1980)
  24. Smoke Signals (1998)
  25. Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)

10. Horror Movies From 2018

Horror films for the year included American Exorcist, Annihilation, Bad Samaritan, Bird Box, Boarding School, Delirium, The Devil's Doorway, The First Purge, Ghost Stories, Ghostland, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Halloween, Insidious: The Last Key, Mom and Dad, The Nun, The Open House, Patient Zero, The Predator, A Quiet Place, The Strangers: Prey at Night, Summer of 84, Truth or Dare, Unsane, What Keeps You Alive, and Winchester.

In 2018, the Washington Capitals were the Stanley Cup champs.

In 2018, the Washington Capitals were the Stanley Cup champs.

11. Most Popular Music Artists

Courtesy of Nielson.com, here were the 10 most popular music artists in 2018;

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Eminem
  4. J. Cole
  5. Kendrick Lamar
  6. Migos
  7. Post Malone
  8. Taylor Swift
  9. The Weeknd
  10. XXXTentacion

12. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This music trivia from 2018 has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com.

1. God’s Plan: Drake

2. Perfect: Ed Sheeran

3. Meant To Be: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

4. Havana: Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

5. Rockstar: Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

6. Psycho: Post Malone Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

7. I Like It: Cardi B, Bad Bunny, & J Balvin

8. The Middle: Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

9. In My Feelings: Drake

10. Girls Like You: Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

11. Nice For What: Drake

12. Lucid Dreams: Juice WRLD

13. Better Now: Post Malone

14. Finesse: Bruno Mars & Cardi B

15. Boo’d Up: Ella Mai

16. New Rules: Dua Lipa

17. Sad!: XXXTentacion

18. Never Be The Same: Camila Cabello

19. Love Lies: Khalid & Normani

20. No Tears Left To Cry: Ariana Grande

21. Mine: Bazzi

22. Thunder: Imagine Dragons

23. Look Alive: BlocBoy JB featuring Drake

24. Delicate: Taylor Swift

25. Yes Indeed: Lil Baby & Drake

26. Friends: Marshmello & Anne-Marie

27. Bad At Love: Halsey

28. Taste: Tyga featuring Offset

29. Let You Down: NF

30. No Limit: G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B

31. FEFE: 6ix9ine Featuring Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz

32. Tequila: Dan + Shay

33. Feel It Still: Portugal. The Man

34. MotorSport: Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B

35. BI Like Me Better: Lauv

36. Youngblood: 5 Seconds Of Summer

37. Whatever It Takes: Imagine Dragons

38. Ric Flair Drip: Offset & Metro Boomin

39. I Fall Apart: Post Malone

40. Pray For Me: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar

In 2018, Starbucks announced that it would stop using plastic straws by 2020. (This amounts to about one billion straws annually.)

In 2018, Starbucks announced that it would stop using plastic straws by 2020. (This amounts to about one billion straws annually.)

13. Video Games Released in 2018

Courtesy of BusinessInsider.com, here are 20 video games that came out in 2018:

  1. A Way Out
  2. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  3. Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  5. Celeste
  6. Dead Cells
  7. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  8. Forza Horizon 4
  9. God of War
  10. Kirby: Star Allies
  11. Marvel's Spider-Man
  12. Mega Man 11
  13. Monster Hunter World
  14. Octopath Traveler
  15. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!
  16. Red Dead Redemption 2
  17. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  18. Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  19. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  20. Tetris Effect

14. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some popular foods and beverages from 2018:

  1. Avocado toast
  2. Celery
  3. Cheese-stuffed everything
  4. Cinnamon rolls
  5. Filipino cuisine
  6. Fried chicken
  7. Georgian wines
  8. Giant soup dumplings
  9. Iced lattes (with and without alcohol)
  10. Kalettes (a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts)
  11. Korean fried chicken wings
  12. La Croix sparkling water
  13. Lettuce chicken wraps
  14. Mexican food
  15. Mini corn dogs
  16. Nuts and seeds
  17. Omega 9s
  18. Pickles galore
  19. Pistachios
  20. Pumpkin soup
  21. Roasted cauliflower
  22. Starbucks’ pink drink
  23. Tacos
  24. The Negroni cocktail (The Negroni is “a popular Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.”)
  25. Zucchini
In 2018, cinnamon rolls were all the rage.

In 2018, cinnamon rolls were all the rage.

15. Famous Weddings

  1. On January 9, swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte married model Kayla Rae Reid.
  2. On February 14, comedian Amy Schumer wed chef Chris Fischer.
  3. On May 25, actor Hugh Grant married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein.
  4. On June 30, The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco wed Karl Cook.
  5. On July 31, actor David Hasselhoff married Hayley Roberts.
  6. On September 29, actress Gwyneth Paltrow wed TV producer Brad Falchuk.
  7. On November 23, Canadian singer Justin Bieber confirmed that he married American model Hailey Baldwin.
  8. On November 28, film director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino wed singer and model Danielle Pick.
  9. On December 1, singer Nick Jonas married actress Priyanka Chopra.
  10. On December 30, singer Miley Cyrus wed actor Liam Hemsworth.

16. Well-Known People Who Died in 2018

  1. January 27: Ingvar Kamprad (a Swedish businessman who founded IKEA and also wrote The Testament of a Furniture Dealer)
  2. January 27: Mort Walker (an American cartoonist who created Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois)
  3. February 21: Billy Graham (an American evangelist who has been described as one of the 20th century's most influential Christian leaders)
  4. March 10: Hubert de Givenchy (a French fashion designer and founder of the Givenchy fashion company)
  5. March 14: Stephen Hawking (an English physicist)
  6. April 17: Barbara Bush (the wife of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush)
  7. August 16: Aretha Franklin (an American singer and songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul," and the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
  8. August 25: John McCain (an American war hero and Republican politician who was the presidential nominee in 2008)
  9. August 26: Neil Simon (an American author and playwright who created The Odd Couple)
  10. September 6: Burt Reynolds (an American actor who played in Deliverance, Evening Shade, Strip Tease, and Cannonball)
  11. September 6: Richard DeVos (an American businessman who co-founded Amway)
  12. October 15: Paul Allen (an American business magnate who owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks)
  13. November 12: Stan Lee (an American comic book artist and writer)
  14. November 30: George H. W. Bush (the 41st U.S. president and the 43rd U.S. vice president)
  15. December 17: Penny Marshall (an American actress and director)
In 2018, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

In 2018, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

17. Best-Selling Cars, SUVs, and Trucks

This auto news has been made available courtesy of Motor1.com.

  1. Chevrolet Equinox: 299,449 units
  2. Chevrolet Silverado: 531,158 units
  3. Ford Escape: 272,228 units
  4. Ford Explorer: 261,571 units
  5. Ford F-Series: 909,330 units
  6. GMC Sierra: 224,554 units
  7. Honda Accord: 291,071 units
  8. Honda CR-V: 379,021 units
  9. Honda Civic: 325,760 units
  10. Jeep Cherokee: 239,437 units
  11. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 224,908 units
  12. Jeep Wrangler: 240,032 units
  13. Nissan Rogue: 412,110 units
  14. Nissan Sentra: 213,046 units
  15. Ram trucks: 536,980 units
  16. Toyota Camry: 343,439 units
  17. Toyota Corolla: 303,732 units
  18. Toyota Highlander: 244,511 units
  19. Toyota RAV4: 427,168 units
  20. Toyota Tacoma: 245,659 units
The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

18. America’s Largest Corporations

Here were America’s biggest corporations back in 2018:

  1. Exxon Mobil
  2. Apple
  3. Berkshire Hathaway
  4. Amazon
  5. UnitedHealth Group
  6. McKesson
  7. CVS
  8. AT&T
  9. AmerisourceBergen
  10. Chevron
  11. Ford
  12. General Motors

19. The World’s Most Admired Companies

These corporate facts have been made available courtesy of RankingTheBrands.com.

  1. Apple
  2. Amazon
  3. Alphabet (the parent company of Google)
  4. Berkshire Hathaway
  5. Starbucks
  6. Disney
  7. Microsoft
  8. Southwest Airlines
  9. FedEx
  10. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  11. Netflix
  12. Facebook
  13. Costco
  14. American Express
  15. Salesforce (American software company)
  16. Nike
  17. Johnson and Johnson
  18. Coca-Cola
  19. BMW
  20. USAA
 The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

References:

In 2018, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch was one of the most celebrated films.

In 2018, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch was one of the most celebrated films.

© 2020 Gregory DeVictor

Comments

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on July 29, 2020:

Liz, thank you for the comment. What surprised me was this: “General Electric—the last original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average—was dropped from the index after more than a century.” When I was growing up in Erie, PA, we were always told that everyone’s life in Erie County was connected in some way to GE. (Yes, it was true then, but it’s not that way anymore.)

Liz Westwood from UK on July 29, 2020:

It's interesting to learn more about the events of only 2 years ago. I didn't realise that Luxembourg has free public transport. It always shocks me to see how many famous people I know of die each year.