Time flies when everything is awful.
Last updated on December 21, 2018, at 8:38 a.m. ET
Posted on December 21, 2018, at 7:10 a.m. ET
Black Panther was released.
It did happen this year!
Black Panther had its worldwide premiere in January.
The US recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
This did not happen this year.
While an official ceremony marking the new embassy opening was held in May this year, President Donald Trump formally signalled the switch in recognition in December 2017.
A governing coalition of populist and hard-right parties was formed in Italy.
Ninety days after the general election in March, a coalition government between the League and Five Star Movement was formed.
After four decades in power, Robert Mugabe was deposed as president of Zimbabwe.
This did not happen this year!
While Zimbabwe did hold its first elections without Mugabe on the ballot in almost four decades this July, Mugabe was forced from office in 2017.
The UK left the European Union.
This hasn't happened!
Donald Trump threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Twitter, writing "I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
This did happen this year!
Trump sent this tweet on Jan. 3 — five months later he and Kim Jong-un met at a surreal summit in Singapore.
Vladimir Putin was elected for a third term as Russian president.
This did not happen!
Sorry to do this, but while Putin was reelected in March, it was for his fourth term. He was elected as president for the third time in 2012.
Argentina, led by captain Lionel Messi, won the soccer World Cup.
This has never happened!
Messi's Argentina was eliminated in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia. Messi — regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time — will be 35 by the time of the next World Cup.
The last male northern white rhino died, making the species functionally extinct.
This did happen this year.
The death of Sudan at the venerable age of 45 in March left his daughter and granddaughter as the only remaining northern white rhinos alive.
Catalonia unilaterally declared independence from Spain.
Following an unrecognized referendum, Catalonia declared independence in October 2017 (it's still part of Spain).
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district.
This did happen!
Ocasio-Cortez beat Joe Crowley, one of the most powerful Democrats in the House of Representatives, in June.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married.
They got married in May.
Saudi Arabia issued its first driving licenses to women.
It happened this year.
The first licenses were issued in June. But the news was overshadowed by the detention of activists who had led the campaign to let women drive.
India decriminalized gay sex.
It did happen!
In September India's highest court struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex illegal.
President Trump, against advice, looked directly at the sun during a total solar eclipse.
It didn't happen this year!
The so-called "Great American Eclipse" took place in August 2017.
Mosul was liberated from ISIS by the Iraqi army.
This didn't happen this year.
Iraq's prime minister declared Mosul liberated in July 2017.
Twelve junior soccer players and their coach were rescued after spending 18 days in a flooded cave in Thailand.
Members of the Wild Boars soccer team, aged 11 to 17, entered the Tham Luang cave in June, and were rescued in July.
President Trump was filmed pushing his way past other world leaders to the front of the queue at a NATO summit.
This didn't happen this year!
Trump pushed past Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic in May 2017.
Arkady Babchenko, a prominent Russian journalist, faked his own death in Ukraine.
This happened this year.
Babchenko was "murdered" in May, only to appear before shocked journalists at a press conference days later. He said he staged his death with the help of Ukrainian security services to help catch a would-be assailant.
A mysterious 2,000-year-old sarcophagus was opened in Egypt.
The sarcophagus was opened in July. It didn't unleash any curses, but people did say they wanted to drink the red goo inside.
Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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