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2008

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Birth and death categories
Births - Deaths
Establishments and disestablishments categories
Establishments - Disestablishments
Works and introductions categories
Works - Introductions
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2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.

2008 has been designated as:

In Chinese astrology, most of 2008, starting with February 7, will overlap with the Year of the Rat (dates before February 7 are Year of the Pig). The next Year of the Rat will be in 2020.

Contents

[edit] Events

[edit] January

January 2008
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MESSENGER assembly at Astrotech.
MESSENGER assembly at Astrotech.
The new flag of Iraq.
The new flag of Iraq.

[edit] February

February 2008
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Primaries and caucuses in U.S. presidential election are held in 24 states.
Primaries and caucuses in U.S. presidential election are held in 24 states.
Flag of Kosovo
Flag of Kosovo

[edit] March

March 2008
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[edit] April

April 2008
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Pope Benedict XVI waves to a crowd upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, United States.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to a crowd upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, United States.

[edit] May

May 2008
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The path of Cyclone Nargis
The path of Cyclone Nargis
The epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake
The epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake

[edit] June

June 2008
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[edit] June

[edit] July

[edit] August

[edit] September

[edit] October

[edit] November

[edit] December

[edit] Unknown dates

[edit] Ongoing events

[edit] Deaths

Main article: Deaths in 2008

[edit] January

[edit] February

[edit] March

[edit] April

[edit] May

[edit] June

[edit] Major religious holidays

2008 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2008
MMVIII
Ab urbe condita 2761
Armenian calendar 1457
ԹՎ ՌՆԾԷ
Bahá'í calendar 164 – 165
Berber calendar 2958
Buddhist calendar 2552
Burmese calendar 1370
Chinese calendar 4644/4704-11-23
(?亥年??一月廿三日)
— to —
4645/4705-12-5
(戊?年??二月?五日)
Coptic calendar 1724 – 1725
Ethiopian calendar 2000 – 2001
Hebrew calendar 57685769
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2063 – 2064
 - Shaka Samvat 1930 – 1931
 - Kali Yuga 5109 – 5110
Holocene calendar 12008
Iranian calendar 1386 – 1387
Islamic calendar 1428 – 1430
Japanese calendar Heisei 20
(平?20年)
Korean calendar 4341
Thai solar calendar 2551
Unix time 1199145600 – 1230767999
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[edit] 2008 in fiction

[edit] Books

  • Isaac Asimov's 1955 short story Franchise takes place in 2008, the premise being that the U.S. president will be selected by a computer program looking for the "most representative citizen".
  • John Barnes, Mother of Storms (1995) begins with a 2008 UN resolution barring any nation from acquiring nuclear weapons after June 1, 2008, subject to penalty of preemptive strike.
  • Gregory Benford's books The Jupiter War and The Threads of Time are set in 2008.
  • The Galactic Milieu Series by Julian May features Earth's first contact with an alien race on June 20, 2008.
  • In Francis Anderson's 1992 book "Future Undetermined" the UN bans civilians from owning handguns on March 29.
  • Ian McDonald's "Chaga Saga" (Evolution's Shore and Kirinya) begins with the March 13, 2008 impact arrival of the plant form Chaga from outer space.
  • Alan E. Nourse's 1957 book Rocket to Limbo begins with the March 3, 2008 launch of the starship Argonaut on a centuries-long trip to Alpha Centauri.
  • The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle postulates that faster-than-light travel is perfected in 2008.
  • The Next War, a controversial 1996 novel about the post-Soviet era, co-authored by former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, looks at a possible 2008 nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia.

[edit] Computer and video games

Set in 2008:

[edit] Film

[edit] Television

[edit] References

  1. ^ U.N. General Assembly, Department of Public Information, "General Assembly Proclaims 2008 International Year of Languages, in Effort to Promote Unity in Diversity, Global Understanding" GA/10592
  2. ^ International Year of Planet Earth
  3. ^ International Year of the Potato 2008.
  4. ^ International Year of Sanitation.
  5. ^ European Year of Intercultural Dialogue website
  6. ^ Year of the Frog.
  7. ^ Year of the Dolphin homepage
  8. ^ Cyprus and Malta set to join eurozone in 2008, EurActiv
  9. ^ Akrotiri and Dhekelia adopt the euro, EUbusiness (ISO 4217 code: VEF).
  10. ^ Slovenian EU presidency
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Mercury Flyby 1. The MESSENGER website. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Retrieved on 2008-01-12.
  13. ^ Unification Ministry Will Be Retained(The Korea Times)
  14. ^ [2][dead link]
  15. ^ Bloomberg.com: Worldwide
  16. ^ Jan. 26, 2008 - Act together for another world! | WSF2008
  17. ^ Iran sentences Bahai religious followers for 'anti-regime propaganda', Yahoo News
  18. ^ Iran sentences Bahais for 'anti-regime propaganda', Aljazeera
  19. ^ Thai king endorses new PM. Taipei Times website. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  20. ^ Nearly 500 in Japan claim China-made food made them ill: reports - MarketWatch
  21. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/business/business-yahoo-microsoft-takeover.html
  22. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080201/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_yahoo;_ylt=Aj86m3fjmUOG95uCDpZtX6qs0NUE
  23. ^ AFP Announcement
  24. ^ ABC News: Giants Stun 'Perfect' Pats in Super Bowl
  25. ^ Iran Opens Space Center, Launches Rocket, Associated Press
  26. ^ Dimona bombing: Suicide attack in Israel first in a year, Yahoo News via Associated Press
  27. ^ Seoul's iconic ancient city gate destroyed by fire | International | Reuters
  28. ^ BBC
  29. ^ Gunmen attack Timor leader Ramos-Horta, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 11, 2008.
  30. ^ UPDATE 9-Oil rises as Venezuela cuts off Exxon Mobil | Reuters
  31. ^ AFP: Spielberg, luminaries press Olympic China over Darfur
  32. ^ Bloomberg.com: Japan
  33. ^ "Rudd says sorry", Dylan Welch, Sydney Morning Herald, February 13, 2008
  34. ^ [3][dead link]
  35. ^ Thailand Will Ban Smoking in Nightclubs, ABC News
  36. ^ AFP: Scores dead in one of Afghanistan's deadliest attacks
  37. ^ Bloomberg.com: Worldwide
  38. ^ Brown fights backlash over Northern Rock | Reuters
  39. ^ BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Musharraf rules out resignation
  40. ^ AFP: Satellite strike shows US missile defense works: Gates
  41. ^ UNESCO, "Launching of the International Year of Languages in the framework of the International Mother Language Day"
  42. ^ Report in Sydney Morning Herald
  43. ^ 80th Annual Academy Awards: General Timeline. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.
  44. ^ Nominees | 80th Annual Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  45. ^ Musical diplomacy as New York Phil plays Pyongyang | World | Reuters
  46. ^ Qaeda Suspect Escapes. Retrieved on 2008-02-28.
  47. ^ The Associated Press: Thaksin Out on Bail in Thailand
  48. ^ Russia’s Presidential Election Set for March, 2008. mosnews.com (December 14, 2006).
  49. ^ [4], UN Security Council
  50. ^ UN Security Council Resolution 1803 on Iran's Nuclear Program, U.S. Department of State
  51. ^ Bloomberg.com: Asia
  52. ^ Google mappers banned from U.S. bases - Los Angeles Times
  53. ^ Adelaide heatwave 'one in 3,000 years' - Breaking News - National - Breaking News
  54. ^ Star explodes halfway across universe - CNN.com
  55. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_China_presidential_election,_2008
  56. ^ "Bhutan votes for status quo", France 24, March 24, 2008
  57. ^ Election Date Finally Fixed As March 29, 2008.
  58. ^ RussiaToday : News : Oil depot explodes in RussiaБ─≥s south
  59. ^ BBC News - Child death raises tough questions
  60. ^ No Survivors After Jet Slams Into Homes. Retrieved on 2008-03-30.
  61. ^ http://www.radionetherlands.nl/news/international/5716368/NATO-chief-welcomes-Albania-and-Croatia-for-2009
  62. ^ 52 children taken during raid | thespectrum.com | The Spectrum
  63. ^ Deseret News | Affidavit: FLDS raid spurred by girl's reports of physical, sexual abuse
  64. ^ KRDO.com Colorado Springs, Pueblo - Weather, News, Sports - Police Search for Missing Sect Teen; 533 Women, Children Are in Custody
  65. ^ Understanding the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (pdf). Ministry of Justice. Retrieved on 2007-10-17.
  66. ^ Karzai unhurt after parade attack, BBC News
  67. ^ India setting world record by sending 10 satellites into orbit
  68. ^ 'Dozens die' in China train crash, BBC News
  69. ^ Six Bahá'í leaders arrested in Iran; pattern matches deadly sweeps of early 1980s, Bahá'í World News Service
  70. ^ ABC News: Calif. Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, Sparks Celebration, Outrage
  71. ^ Russia World Champions 2008. European Hockey.Net (2008-05-18). Retrieved on 2008-05-18.
  72. ^ Reference Group concludes Belgrade visit. Eurovision.TV. Retrieved on 2007-11-13.
  73. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/03/election.democrats/index.html
  74. ^ http://www.uefa.com/competitions/euro/index.html Retrieved 22 August, 2007
  75. ^ nu.nl/algemeen | Horeca in juli 2008 rookvrij
  76. ^ 30th FAI world Gliding Championship, 8th-20th July 2008 Rieti
  77. ^ WYD08 :: Home
  78. ^ Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates: Working full time at Microsoft through June 2008, Gates then will continue as chairman and advisor while increasing Foundation efforts; Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie to assume expanded roles
  79. ^ Beijing South Railway Station to be ready in August - The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
  80. ^ WGC 2008, Lüsse Germany : HOME
  81. ^ Denvention 3 Home Page - 66th World Science Fiction Convention - Denver, August 6-10, 2008 - Guests of Honor: Lois McMaster Bujold, Rick Sternbach, Tom Whitmore, Wil McCarthy, Kathy Mar, Robert Heinlein (ghost of honor)
  82. ^ [Republic Act No. 9333
  83. ^ Formula Zero - Home
  84. ^ NASA - STS-125: Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4
  85. ^ FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup New Zealand 2008. FIFA. Retrieved on 2007-10-26.
  86. ^ FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008. FIFA. Retrieved on 2007-11-26.
  87. ^ President of the UN General Assembly: Statements
  88. ^ http://www.drug-policy.org/modules/countdown_2008
  89. ^ The Year of the Chinese Satellite in Venezuela
  90. ^ Fossett was declared legally dead on February 15, having been missing since 3 September 2007.
  91. ^ Speight's body was found on this date after he had been missing since April 7.
  92. ^ "St Patrick's 'day' moved to 15th", ireland.com Online, Irish Times Trust, 2007-07-18. Retrieved on 2007-07-21. 
  93. ^ Nevans-Pederson, Mary (2008-03-13). No St. Pat's Day Mass allowed in Holy Week (English). Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Woodward Communications, Inc.. Retrieved on 2008-03-13.
  94. ^ GTA4: What You Really Need to Know from 1UP.com
  95. ^ "Amazon.com: Dawson's Creek - The Series Finale (Extended Cut) Product Page", Amazon.com. 

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