2018 in the United States

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This is a list of events in the year 2018 in the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Federal government[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

State of the Union 2018

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • May 1 – A study conducted by health services company Cigna reveals that American adults are experiencing a "loneliness epidemic" with nearly half of Americans reporting they sometimes or always feel alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).[93]
  • May 2
    • The state of Iowa approves the so-called "heartbeat" bill, banning most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.[94]
    • A C-130 military plane crash in Savannah, Georgia kills nine people.[95]
    • Following a series of small earthquakes, the USGS warns that the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii could erupt.[96] Two days later it erupts, there are stronger earthquakes and Hawaii declares a state of emergency, evacuating 1,700 residents.[97]
  • May 4
    • The national unemployment rate hits 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since 2000.[98]
    • The Trump administration announces an end to the special Temporary Protected Status program for 57,000 Hondurans.[99]
  • May 5
    • NASA's InSight spacecraft, designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars, successfully launches at 11:05 UTC, with an expected arrival on 26 November 2018.[100][101]
    • The state of California becomes the world's fifth-largest economy, with the state's GDP surpassing that of the United Kingdom's.[102]
    • In horse racing, pre-race favorite Justify wins the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse since 1882 to win the race while unraced as a two-year-old. The race was run under the wettest conditions in its history; by post time, more than 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) of rain had fallen on race day, breaking a record that had lasted since 1918.[103][104][105]
  • May 8
    • The Senate Intelligence Committee releases an unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks in 2016, concluding: "Russian-affiliated cyber actors were able to gain access to restricted elements of election infrastructure. [...] In a small number of states, these cyber actors were in a position to, at a minimum, alter or delete voter registration data; however, they did not appear to be in a position to manipulate individual votes or aggregate vote totals."[106]
    • New York's attorney general Eric Schneiderman resigns over multiple allegations of assault.[107]
    • President Trump announces his intention to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement.[108] In a statement, former U.S. President Barack Obama calls the move "a serious mistake".[109]
    • The National Centers for Environmental Information reports that April 2018 was the coldest month in the U.S. since 1997.[110][111]
  • May 9
  • May 10
    • At around 2 a.m. local, President Trump ceremoniously greets three freed Korean-Americans, who were detained by North Korea for more than a year for "anti-state activities", on Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.[113]
    • NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) is cancelled by the Trump administration.[114]
  • May 11 – U.S. fighter jets intercept two Russian TU-95 bombers in Alaskan airspace.[115]
  • May 17 – The Kīlauea shield volcano on the Big Island of the state of Hawaii erupts from its summit, shooting ash 30,000 feet (9,100 m) into the sky.[116]
  • May 18 – A school shooting takes place at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Eight students and two teachers are killed and ten other people are injured.
  • May 20 – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin states that the Trump administration will put its proposed tariffs on Chinese imports “on hold”, averting fears of a trade war between the two countries.[117]
  • May 21 – The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, upholds a law preventing employees from filing class action lawsuits against their employers over pay and hour disputes.[118]
  • May 23 – It is reported that Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump.[119]
  • May 24 – Actor Morgan Freeman is accused of sexual harassment by eight women.[120]
  • May 25 – Harvey Weinstein is charged with rape and several other counts of sexual abuse involving two separate women after turning himself in to police in New York City.[121]
  • May 28 – The Center for the Study of the Drone at New York's Bard College estimates that just over 900 law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and emergency services across the country are now using drones, no longer seen as a novelty by officials.[122]
  • May 29
  • May 30
  • May 31 – The Trump administration announces that it will extend its tariffs on imported steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) to include the EU, Mexico and Canada, starting at midnight.[127]

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July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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