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Historical Events for the Year 2008

  • 1st January » Cyprus and Malta join the Eurozone.
  • 17th January » British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete Write-off known as hull loss of a Boeing 777.
  • 5th February » A 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak known as major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States kills 57.
  • 11th February » Rebel East Timorese soldiers 2008 East Timorese assassination attempts named seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.
  • 11th February » Namdaemun, a 550-year-old gate in South Korea, was 2008 Namdaemun fire or toppled by fire.
  • 13th February » Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.
  • 14th February » Northern Illinois University shooting: a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall of the DeKalb County, Illinois university resulting in 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 21 injuries.
  • 17th February » Kosovo 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence e.g declares independence as the Republic of Kosovo.
  • 23rd February » A United States Air Force named U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber Andersen Air Force Base B-2 accident known as crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2.
  • 24th February » Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
  • 1st March » The Police of the Republic of Armenia named Armenian police clash with peaceful opposition rally protesting against Armenian presidential election, 2008 named allegedly fraudulent presidential elections 2008, as a result ten people are killed.
  • 6th March » A 6 March 2008 Baghdad bombing named suicide bomber kills 68 people (including first responders) in Baghdad on the same day that a gunman Mercaz HaRav massacre named kills eight students in Jerusalem.
  • 13th March » Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
  • 14th March » A series of 2008 Tibetan unrest e.g riots, protests, and demonstrations erupt in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
  • 19th March » GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed.
  • 24th March » Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its Bhutanese general election, 2008 named first ever general election.
  • 3rd April » ATA Airlines, once one of the ten largest U.S. passenger airlines and largest charter airline, files for bankruptcy for the second time in five years and ceases all operations.
  • 6th April » 2008 Egyptian general strike starts led by Egyptian workers later to be adopted by April 6 Youth Movement and Egyptian activities .
  • 20th April » Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an American Championship Car Racing named Indy car race.
  • 22nd April » The United States Air Force retires the remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service.
  • 30th April » Two skeletal remains found near Yekaterinburg, Russia, are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia or Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, one of his sist
  • 1st May » The London Agreement (2000) called 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.
  • 2nd May » Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
  • 2nd May » Chaitén (volcano) named Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
  • 10th May » An Enhanced Fujita Scale named EF4 tornado strikes the Oklahoma–Kansas state line, killing 21 people and injuring over 100.
  • 12th May » An 2008 Wenchuan earthquake or earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.
  • 12th May » U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducts the Postville Raid e.g largest-ever raid of a workplace in Postville, Iowa, arresting nearly 400 Immigration to the United States named immigrants for identity theft and document fraud.
  • 13th May » The Jaipur bombings in Rajasthan, India results in dozens of deaths.
  • 22nd May » The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an Enhanced Fujita scale EF4 and an Enhanced Fujita scale EF5 tornado, between May 22 and May 31, 2008. The tornadoes strike 19 U.S. state states and one Canadian province.
  • 23rd May » The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca, Singapore called Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year Pedra Branca dispute named territorial dispute between the two countries.
  • 26th May » 2008 South China floods or Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million.
  • 28th May » The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
  • 29th May » A 2008 Iceland earthquake known as strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale strikes Iceland near the town of Selfoss (town) called Selfoss, injuring 30 people.
  • 1st July » 2008 riot in Mongolia known as Rioting erupts in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections.
  • 10th July » Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
  • 16th July » Sixteen infants in Gansu or Gansu Province, China, who had been fed on 2008 Chinese milk scandal named tainted milk powder, are diagnosed with kidney stones; in total an estimated 300,000 infants are affected.
  • 28th July » The historic Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare called Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare burns down for the second time in 80 years.
  • 1st August » Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth in 2008 K2 disaster named the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.
  • 7th August » The start of the Russo-Georgian War over the territory of South Ossetia.
  • 8th August » A EuroCity express train en route from Kraków, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic Studénka train accident called strikes a part of a motorway bridge that had fallen onto the railroad track near Studénka railway station in the Czech Republic and derails, kil
  • 8th August » The 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony e.g opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing.
  • 13th August » 2008 South Ossetia war South Ossetian War: Russian units Occupation of Gori occupy the Georgian city of Gori, Georgia Gori.
  • 17th August » American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
  • 18th August » President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf resigns under Movement to impeach Pervez Musharraf e.g threat of impeachment.
  • 20th August » Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid, Spain to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Madrid-Barajas Airport named Barajas Airport. One hundred forty-six people are killed in the crash, and eight more die later. Only 18 people survive.
  • 6th September » Turkish President Abdullah Gül attends an association soccer called football match in Armenia after an invitation by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan, making him the first Turkish head of state to visit the country.
  • 7th September » The Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac called US Government takes control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • 10th September » The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 12th September » The 2008 Chatsworth train collision in Los Angeles between a Metrolink (Southern California) known as Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train kills 25 people.
  • 13th September » Delhi, India, is hit by a 13 September 2008 Delhi bombings known as series of bomb blasts, resulting in 30 deaths and 130 injuries.
  • 13th September » Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
  • 14th September » All 88 people on board Aeroflot Flight 821 are killed when the plane crashes on approach to Perm Airport.
  • 15th September » Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11, Title 11, United States Code or Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
  • 20th September » A dump truck full of explosives Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing called detonates in front of the Marriott International or Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others.
  • 23rd September » Kauhajoki school shooting: Matti Saari kills 10 people before committing suicide.
  • 25th September » China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
  • 27th September » China National Space Administration named CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on 'Shenzhou 7'.
  • 28th September » SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
  • 29th September » Following the bankruptcy or 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.
  • 3rd October » The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 for the U.S. financial system is signed by President George W. Bush.
  • 10th October » The 10 October 2008 Orakzai bombing kills 110 and injures 200 more.
  • 22nd October » India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1.
  • 4th November » Barack Obama becomes the first man of African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.
  • 10th November » Over five months after landing on Mars, NASA declares the 'Phoenix (spacecraft) called Phoenix' mission concluded after communications with the lander (spacecraft) known as lander were lost.
  • 11th November » RMS named Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai.
  • 14th November » The 2008 G-20 Washington summit or first G-20 economic summit opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 20th November » After Financial crisis of 2007–2008 known as 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.
  • 25th November » Cyclone Nisha (2008) known as Cyclone Nisha strikes northern Sri Lanka, killing 15 people and displacing 90,000 others while dealing the region the highest rainfall in nine decades.
  • 26th November » 2008 Mumbai attacks by Pakistan-sponsored Lashkar-e-Taiba.
  • 6th December » The 2008 Greek riots break out upon the killing of a 15-year-old boy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, by a police officer.
  • 11th December » Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • 14th December » Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws List of shoe throwing incidents called his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 22nd December » An ash dike Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill ruptured at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing convert 1.1 e9USgal m3 of coal fly ash slurry.
  • 27th December » Gaza War (2008–09) e.g Operation Cast Lead: Israel launches 3-week operation on Gaza.