From raging infernos to royal weddings, 2018 was a year of highs and lows. Mass shootings dominated the calendar, as did the lead-up to November's midterm elections, which ended with Democrats regaining control of the House and President Trump pitching more fits of temper and hyperbole.
The #MeToo movement continued to light up Hollywood, with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein being arrested in New York to veteran comedian Bill Cosby being convicted of indecent assault.
Lighter moments included the nation's fascination with a breathtakingly colorful Mandarin duck gliding across water in New York City's Central Park, and the arrival of Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And who could forget the royal wedding?
Here are some of the milestone moments of 2018.