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2008 Historical Event(s)
- January 5, 2008 – Mikheil Saakashvili wins his second term as President of Georgia in the snap election.
- February 7, 2008 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.
- May 1, 2008 – 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 2, 2008 – Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
- May 12, 2008 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducts the largest-ever raid of workplace and arrests nearly 400 immigrants for identity theft and document fraud.
- July 10, 2008 – Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
- August 8, 2008 – 2008 Summer Olympics took place from the 8th August 2008-24th August 2008. The official opening ceremony started at 8:00pm on 8th August 2008. The number 8 is associated with prosperity and confidence in Chinese Culture and here it was a triple eight for the date and one extra for time (close to 08:08:08 pm). There were 28 sports and 302 events at the games. There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set at the 2008 Summer Olympics. An unprecedented 86 countries won at least one medal during the Games.
- September 15, 2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
- October 10, 2008 – The 10 October 2008 Orakzai bombing kills 110 and injures 200 more.
- December 24, 2008 – Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.
Who Were Born On 2008?
- April 16, 2008 – Princess Eléonore of Belgium
- September 17, 2008 – Mia Talerico, American child actress
- September 29, 2008 – Emma Tallulah Behn, member of the extended Norwegian royal family