Today in History for Year 2008
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Jan 1st - A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
Jan 1st - Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
Jan 8th - New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.
Jan 21st - Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.
Jan 21st - The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies.
Feb 5th - A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
Feb 8th - Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.
Feb 10th - The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.
Feb 11th - In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
Feb 13th - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
Feb 14th - Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.
Feb 17th - Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
Feb 19th - Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
Feb 23rd - a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
Feb 24th - Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
Feb 28th - Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.
Mar 2nd - Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.
Mar 13th - Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
Mar 17th - New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor.
Dictator Fidel Castro Mar 19th - GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye was briefly observed on this day.
Mar 22nd - The French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets the world record of 47.50 for the 100 m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008.
Mar 24th - Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
Mar 31st - Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service
Apr 4th - The raid on the FLDS owned ranch called the YFZ Ranch in Texas, 401 children were taken into custody. 133 woman were taken into state custody also, the total number of woman and children is 534.
Apr 8th - The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
Apr 16th - Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States
Apr 20th - Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
Apr 21st - The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.
Apr 30th - Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.
May 1st - The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
May 2nd - Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
May 6th - Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
May 12th - 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people
May 15th - California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
265th Pope Benedict XVI May 23rd - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.
May 28th - The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
May 31st - Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds.
Jun 1st - A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
Jun 8th - The Akihabara massacre took place on the Sunday-pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street. A man killed seven in an attack on a crowd using a truck and a dagger.
Jun 10th - The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.
Jun 11th - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
Jun 12th - Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
Jun 17th - First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
Jun 25th - Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman's suicide in Henderson, Kentucky.
Jun 26th - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.
Jun 27th - Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jun 29th - Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter.
Jul 2nd - Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
Jul 10th - Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Jul 21st - Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić is arrested in Serbia and is indicted by the UN's ICTY tribunal.
Jul 23rd - Cape Verde joins the World Trade Organization, becoming its 153rd member.
Jul 28th - The historic Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier burns down for a second time in 80 years.
Aug 6th - Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia.
Aug 6th - A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
Aug 7th - Georgia launches a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, from Russian control, starting the South Ossetia War.
Aug 8th - Georgian invasion into South Ossetia. Begin of five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
Aug 16th - Usain Bolt sets a new 100 metres dash world record of 9.69 seconds at the Beijing 2008 summer olympics.
Aug 18th - President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigned due to pressure from opposition.
Aug 20th - Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive.
Aug 26th - Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Aug 27th - Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States
Sep 7th - The US Government takes control of the two largest largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Sep 10th - The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sep 13th - Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
44th US President Barack Obama Sep 16th - Rentrer en soi announces that they would be breaking up.
Sep 17th - The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea
Sep 21st - Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.
Sep 21st - President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25.
Sep 21st - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel formally resigns from office, effective as soon as his successor Tzipi Livni has successfully assembled a new government.
Sep 21st - The final home game is played at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.
Sep 25th - China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
Sep 26th - Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
Sep 27th - CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
Sep 28th - SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
Sep 29th - Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.
Oct 3rd - The $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system is signed by President Bush.
Oct 13th - HM Treasury infused £37 billion ($64 billion, 47 billion euros) of new capital-bailout into Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Lloyds TSB and HBOS Plc, to avert a financial sector collapse.
Oct 22nd - India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1.
Oct 24th - "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
Oct 29th - Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world's largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.
Oct 29th - The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series to become champions of Major League Baseball.
Nov 4th - Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States
Nov 11th - The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai.
Nov 20th - After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
Nov 22nd - YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live.
Nov 25th - A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one.
Nov 26th - Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.
Dec 2nd - Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resigns after the 2008 Thailand political crisis.
Last Emperor of Russia Nicholas II Dec 5th - Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II.
Dec 8th - Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.
Dec 9th - The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency..
Dec 11th - Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
Dec 14th - President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost got struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.
Dec 28th - The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.
Birthdays 1 - 3 of 3
Weddings 1 - 50 of 50
Feb 2nd - Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
Feb 2nd - 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France
Feb 14th - Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London
Feb 19th - "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London
Mar 23rd - France's former first lady Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (50) weds Moroccan-born public relations executive Richard Attias (48) in Manhattan, New York
Mar 29th - Biggest Loser contestant Amy Hildreth (28) weds Marty Wolff (27) in Charleston, South Carolina
Apr 4th - Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds one of the greatest rappers of all-time Jay-Z (43) at 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York
Apr 19th - New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Apr 20th - "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
Apr 30th - Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere
May 10th - President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush (26) weds Henry Hager (30) at the Bush family ranch in Texas
May 17th - Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California
May 19th - Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film/TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California
May 30th - Film actor Charlie Sheen (42) weds socialite Brooke Mueller (30) at a private estate in Los Angeles, California
May 31st - "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida
Jun 9th - "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
Jun 14th - Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
Jun 22nd - Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba
Jun 28th - "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California
Golfer Greg Norman (Jun 28th) Jun 28th - Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas
Jun 30th - Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island
Jul 5th - "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California
Jul 12th - Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
Jul 13th - American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California
Jul 26th - Actress Jennifer Siebel (34) weds San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (40) at her parents horse ranch in Stevensville, Montana
Aug 7th - Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
Aug 16th - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California
Aug 30th - "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii
Sep 6th - Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye
Sep 13th - "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedian actress Susie Essman (53) weds real-estate broker Jim Harder (51) at the Friars Club in Manhattan
Sep 14th - Former Star Trek actor (71) weds his partner of two decades Brad Altman (54) in a Buddhist ceremony
Sep 19th - NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica
Sep 22nd - TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California
Sep 27th - Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia
Actress Scarlett Johansson (Sep 27th) Sep 27th - "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Kaitlin Olson (33) weds actor Rob McElhenney (31) at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California
Sep 28th - American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California
Oct 1st - "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell (27) weds Michael Cameron (27) at the Church of Santa Maria a Gradillo in Ravello, Italy
Oct 3rd - Radio personality Howard Stern (54) weds actress Beth Ostrosky (36) in Manhattan, New York
Oct 5th - American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
Oct 6th - Steven Curtis Chapman's oldest daughter Emily Chapman (45) weds longtime boyfriend Tanner Richards
Oct 25th - Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street (37) weds John Reeser (31) on top of Alabama's Prospect Mountain in Hanceville
Oct 26th - World's fattest man Manuel Uribe (43) weds Claudia Solis (38) in Monterrey, Mexico
Nov 1st - Actress Marisa Coughlan (34) weds Stephen Wallack at a private estate in Pasadena, California
Nov 17th - Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
Nov 29th - "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dec 6th - "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville
Dec 12th - Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut
Dec 21st - Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont
Dec 28th - "Cheers" actor Woody Harrelson (47) weds longtime girlfriend Laura Louie (43) in Maui Island
Actor Woody Harrelson (Dec 28th) Dec 31st - Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois
Divorces 1 - 10 of 10
Feb 22nd - "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) divorces Rick Salomon (39) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 months after getting married
Mar 17th - Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour
May 9th - "The View" former co-host Star Jones (46) divorces investment banker Al Reynolds (39) after three-and-a-half years of marriage
May 16th - "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage
Jul 7th - Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage
Aug 17th - "Genesis" drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage
Aug 19th - Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage
Oct 10th - Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage
Dec 1st - "CSI" actress Marg Helgenberger (50) divorces actor Alan Rosenberg (58) due to irreconcilable differences after 19 years of marriage
Dec 15th - Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage
Deaths 1 - 100 of 461
Jan 1st - Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (b. 1932)
Jan 1st - Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
Jan 1st - Pratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (b. 1919)
Jan 1st - Harold Corsini, American photographer (b. 1919)
Jan 2nd - Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
Jan 2nd - Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
Jan 2nd - George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
Jan 2nd - Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
Jan 3rd - Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
Jan 3rd - Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
Jan 3rd - Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
Jan 3rd - Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
Jan 4th - Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
Jan 4th - Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
Jan 4th - Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
Jan 5th - Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
Jan 7th - Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
Jan 8th - George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
Jan 8th - Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
Jan 9th - Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
Jan 9th - William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
Jan 9th - Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
Jan 9th - Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
Jan 10th - Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
Jan 10th - Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
Jan 10th - Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
Jan 11th - Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)
Mount Everest Conquerer Edmund Hillary (Jan 11th) Jan 11th - Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88
Jan 13th - Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
Jan 13th - Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
Jan 14th - Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
Jan 15th - Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
Jan 15th - Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
Jan 17th - Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)
Jan 17th - Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
Jan 17th - Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
Jan 18th - Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
Jan 18th - Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
Jan 18th - John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
Jan 19th - Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
Jan 19th - John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
Jan 19th - Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
Chess Champion Bobby Fischer (Jan 17th) Jan 20th - Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
Jan 21st - Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
Jan 21st - Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
Jan 22nd - Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)
Jan 22nd - Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979)
Jan 22nd - Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
Jan 24th - Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
Jan 25th - Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
Jan 25th - Evelyn Barbirolli,English musician (b. 1911)
Jan 26th - Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
Jan 27th - Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)
Jan 27th - Suharto, President of Indonesia (b. 1921)
Jan 27th - Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
Jan 27th - Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jan 28th - Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
Actor Heath Ledger (Jan 22nd) Jan 28th - Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist (b. 1925)
Jan 29th - Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
Jan 29th - Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
Jan 30th - Jeremy Beadle, British television host, (b. 1948)
Jan 30th - Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
Jan 30th - Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
Jan 31st - Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
Feb 2nd - Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
Feb 3rd - Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
Feb 4th - Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
Feb 5th - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
Feb 6th - John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
Feb 6th - Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
Feb 7th - Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
Feb 8th - Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
Feb 9th - Christopher Hyatt Occultist,Philosopher and Author.
Feb 9th - Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
Feb 9th - Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
Feb 9th - Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
Feb 10th - Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
Feb 10th - Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
Feb 11th - Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
Feb 11th - Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
Feb 12th - Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
Feb 13th - Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
Feb 15th - Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
Feb 15th - Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
Feb 17th - Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
Feb 18th - Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
Feb 18th - Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
Feb 18th - Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
Feb 19th - Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
Feb 19th - Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
Feb 20th - Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
Feb 20th - Larry Davis (criminal)
Feb 21st - Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
Feb 21st - Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
Feb 23rd - Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
Feb 23rd - Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
Feb 23rd - Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
Feb 24th - Larry Norman, American musician, singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1947)
Feb 25th - Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
Feb 25th - Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)