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2008 Historical Event(s)
- February 7, 2008 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.
- March 10, 2008 – The New York Times reveals that Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer had patronized a prostitution service.
- April 28, 2008 – A train collision in Shandong, China, kills 72 people and injures 416 more.
- May 10, 2008 – War in Darfur: The Justice and Equality Movement and Sudanese government forces clash in Omdurman and Khartoum, the first time the fighting takes place in the nation’s capital.
- July 28, 2008 – The historic Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare burns down for the second time in 80 years.
- August 20, 2008 – Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, and 8 more die later. Only 18 people survive.
- October 10, 2008 – The 10 October 2008 Orakzai bombing kills 110 and injures 200 more.
- November 4, 2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
- November 20, 2008 – 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.
- December 27, 2008 – Israel launches 3-week operation on Gaza - Operation Cast Lead
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