2008 events in history

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
Feb 17 Kosovo declares independence as the Republic of Kosovo
Feb 23 A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2
Feb 24 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years
Mar 1 The Armenian police clash with peaceful opposition rally protesting against allegedly fraudulent presidential elections 2008, as a result ten people are killed
Mar 6 A suicide bomber kills 68 people (including first responders) in Baghdad on the same day that a gunman kills eight students in Jerusalem
Mar 13 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time
Mar 14 A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupt in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet
Mar 19 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed
Mar 24 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election
Apr 3 Texas law enforcement cordons off the FLDS's YFZ Ranch. Eventually 533 women and children will be removed and taken into state custody
Apr 3 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
Apr 6 2008 Egyptian general strike starts led by Egyptian workers later to be adopted by April 6 Youth Movement and Egyptian activities
Apr 8 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain
Apr 20 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race
Apr 22 The United States Air Force retires the remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service
Apr 30 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, one of his sisters
May 1 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 Chaitén Volcano begins erupting in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people
May 2 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless
May 10 An EF4 tornado strikes the Oklahoma–Kansas state line, killing 21 people and injuring over 100
May 12 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducts the largest-ever raid of a workplace in Postville, Iowa, arresting nearly 400 immigrants for identity theft and document fraud
May 12 An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people
May 13 The Jaipur bombings in Rajasthan, India results in dozens of deaths
May 15 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional
May 22 The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an EF4 and an EF5 tornado, between May 22 and May 31, 2008. The tornadoes strike 19 states and one Canadian province
May 23 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries
May 25 NASA's Phoenix lander lands in Green Valley region of Mars to search for environments suitable for water and microbial life
May 26 Severe flooding begins in eastern and southern China that will ultimately cause 148 deaths and force the evacuation of 1.3 million
May 28 The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty
May 29 A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale strikes Iceland near the town of Selfoss, injuring 30 people
Jun 11 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a historic official apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children are isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century
Jun 27 In a highly scrutizined election President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is re-elected in a landslide after his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn a week earlier, citing violence against his party's supporters
Jul 1 Rioting erupts in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections
Jul 10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes
Jul 16 Sixteen infants in Gansu Province, China, who had been fed on tainted milk powder, are diagnosed with kidney stones; in total an estimated 300,000 infants are affected
Jul 28 The historic Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare burns down for the second time in 80 years
Aug 1 Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering
Aug 6 A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
Aug 7 The start of the Russo-Georgian War over the territory of South Ossetia
Aug 8 A EuroCity express train en route from Kraków, Poland to Prague, Czech Republic strikes a part of a motorway bridge that had fallen onto the railroad track near Studénka railway station in the Czech Republic and derails, killing eight people and injuring 64 others
Aug 8 The opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing
Aug 13 South Ossetian War: Russian units occupy the Georgian city of Gori
Aug 16 The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world's highest residence above ground-level