2008 in history

2008 events chronologically

Jan 1 Cyprus and Malta join the Eurozone
Jan 17 British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777
Feb 5 A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States kills 57
Feb 11 Namdaemun, a 550-year-old gate in South Korea, was toppled by fire
Feb 11 Rebel East Timorese soldiers seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack
Feb 13 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations
Feb 14 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

Born in 2008

Jan 26 Paul the Octopus a common octopus who supposedly predicted the results of association football matches. He made several accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup which brought him worldwide attention as an animal oracle
Mar 27 Ton van Heugten a Dutch sidecarcross rider and the 1981 World Champion in the sport, together with his passenger Frits Kiggen.
Apr 16 Princess Eléonore of Belgium the second daughter and fourth child of King Philippe of Belgium and his wife, Queen consort Mathilde of Belgium. She is currently fourth in line to the throne of Belgium after her older siblings
Jun 27 Nicolae Linca a Romanian amateur boxer and Romania's first olympic boxing champion.
Jul 13 John Mabuku the governor of Caprivi Region in Namibia and secessionist supporter of an independent Caprivi Strip. Mabuku, a former Democratic Turnhalle Alliance National Council member, fled to exile in Botswana with former DTA leader Mishake Muyongo following a failed separatist revolt in 1998 in the Caprivi Strip against the Namibian government
Oct 9 Bo (dog) a pet dog of the Obama family, the First Family of the United States. Bo is a neutered male Portuguese Water Dog. President Barack Obama and his family were given the dog as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet. The final choice was made in part because Malia Obama's allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed. Bo has occasionally been called "First Dog". In August 2013 Bo was joined by Sunny, a female dog of the same breed
Nov 22 Zeus (dog) a Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, United States, famous for being named the "world's tallest dog" by the 2012 and 2013 Guinness Book of World Records. Standing on his hind legs Zeus streched 2.2 metres , and when measured in October 2011, Zeus was 1.11 metres from his foot to his withers

Top 7 most famous people died in 2008

Jan 11 Edmund Hillary a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Hillary was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century
Jan 17 Bobby Fischer an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him the greatest chess player of all time
Jan 22 Heath Ledger an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You , The Patriot , A Knight's Tale , Monster's Ball , Ned Kelly , The Brothers Grimm , Lords of Dogtown , Brokeback Mountain , Casanova , Candy , I'm Not There , The Dark Knight , and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director
Mar 19 Arthur C. Clarke a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.
Aug 3 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system. While his writings were long suppressed in the USSR, he wrote many books, most notably The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, August 1914 and Cancer Ward. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 but returned to Russia in 1994 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union
Sep 26 Paul Newman an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards , a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing
Dec 24 Harold Pinter a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party , The Homecoming , and Betrayal , each of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Servant , The Go-Between , The French Lieutenant's Woman , The Trial , and Sleuth. He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others' works