Historical Events 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 8th - 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)
Jan 8th - Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins
Jan 18th - The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace
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 3rd - Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
Actor George Clooney 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 10th - 50th Grammy Awards: Rehab, Amy Winehouse wins
Feb 10th - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 42-30
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.
Singer Amy Winehouse 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 23rd - 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins
Feb 24th - Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
Feb 24th - 80th Academy Awards - "No Country for Old Men", Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win
Feb 28th - Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis 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.
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 - Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
Apr 8th - The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
Apr 13th - 72nd Golf Masters Championship: Trevor Immelman wins, shooting a 280
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift Apr 14th - 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Trace Adkins wins
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.
Apr 30th - Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache
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.
Actor Robert Downey Jr May 2nd - The critically acclaimed "Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released
May 3rd - 134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 2:01.82
May 4th - Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer
May 6th - Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
May 7th - Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation
May 8th - Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister
May 10th - Philippine court acquits Imelda Marcos in a 17-year-old case of 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth totaling $863 million in Swiss bank accounts.
First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos 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.
May 17th - 134th Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
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 25th - Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon wins in 3:28:57.6792 (231.049 km/h)
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.
Sprinter Usain Bolt 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 4th - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
Jun 7th - 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65
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 8th - 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
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.
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper Jun 12th - Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
Jun 15th - 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win
Jun 16th - 108th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 283 at Torrey Pines GC CA
Jun 17th - First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
Jun 17th - 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
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.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Jul 1st - Denmark is the first European economy to confirm it is in recession since the global credit crunch began; its GDP shrinks 0.6% in the first quarter after a 0.2% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2007
Jul 2nd - Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
Jul 6th - 115th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Serena Williams (7-5 6-4)
Jul 6th - 122nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7)
Jul 10th - Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
Jul 14th - "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York
Jul 16th - 79th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Yankee Stadium, New York
Actor Heath Ledger Jul 20th - 137th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Jul 20th - 16th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Candace Parker win
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 2nd - "Breaking Dawn", 4th book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown at midnight with a print run of 3.7 million copies
Aug 3rd - Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway
Actor Morgan Freeman 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 10th - 90th PGA Championship: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Oakland Hills Country Club
Aug 13th - The Baltic state slides into recession with a 0.9% fall in second-quarter GDP after a drop of 0.5% in the first quarter; it falls deeper into recession in the third quarter when the economy contracted 3.3%
Aug 15th - Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discover the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa
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.
44th US President Barack Obama 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 7th - 25th MTV Video Music Awards: Britney Spears & Chris Brown win
Sep 8th - Latvia joins its northern neighbor Estonia in recession as GDP falls 0.2% in the second quarter from the first quarter, when it fell 0.3%; property markets and construction have suffered in both Baltic states
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.
Sep 16th - Rentrer en soi announces that they would be breaking up.
Sep 17th - The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea
MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux Sep 19th - Greg Maddux pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants
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 21st - 60th Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win
Sep 25th - China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
Actor Bryan Cranston Sep 25th - The "Celtic Tiger" slides into recession for the first time in over two decades, recording a 0.5% fall in second quarter GDP, following a 0.3% decline in the first quarter; its last recession in 1983 saw thousands of people leave Ireland to seek work overseas
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 27th - Greg Maddux wins his final start of his career (#355)
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.
43rd US President George W. Bush Oct 3rd - The $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system is signed by President George W. Bush
Oct 3rd - OJ Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery
Oct 10th - Singapore becomes the first Asian country to slip into a recession since the credit crisis began: growth has faltered as a result of less demand for exports, a reduction in tourism, and the end of the real-estate boom
Oct 12th - Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund
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 23rd - Joe Sakic scores his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers
NHL Legend Joe Sakic 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 24th - Iceland receives a £1.3 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the first European country to require an emergency loan with the aim of stabilising the collapsed currency and strengthening the tax system as well as the nationalised banks
Oct 27th - The banking group BNP Paribas states that Australia is in a risky position with regards to the global financial crisis as foreign liabilities accounted for 60% of the nation's GDP
Oct 28th - In the UK, 500,000 mortgage holders are left in negative equity after house prices drop 15% since the previous summer
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 - MLB World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies defeat Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 to become champions
Oct 29th - "Quantum of Solace" 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London
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.
Singer Carrie Underwood Nov 12th - 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins
Nov 13th - Germany's economy, Europe's largest , contracted by 0.5% in the third quarter after GDP fell 0.4% in the second quarter, putting it in recession for the first time in five years
Nov 13th - Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
Nov 14th - Italy plunges into recession, its first since the start of 2005, after GDP contracts a steeper-than-expected 0.5% in the third quarter
Nov 14th - Hong Kong becomes the second Asian economy to tip into recession, its exports hit by weakening global demand
Nov 14th - Eurozone officially slips into recession for the first time since its creation in 1999, pushed down by recessions in Germany and Italy
Actress Kristen Stewart Nov 17th - "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, premieres in Los Angeles
Nov 17th - Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years
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 22nd - Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens
Nov 23rd - 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win
Nov 23rd - 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
Nov 23rd - 96th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Montreal Alouettes, 22-14
Singer Rihanna Nov 23rd - Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009
Nov 25th - A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one