< MMVIII = 2008 >
Events in 2008
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|21 January:|| ||Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States the third Monday each year since 1986.|
|7 February:|| ||This Chinese New Year the Pig makes room for the Year of the Rat.|
|24 February:|| ||After running Cuba for nearly fifty years, Fidel Castro announces his future retirement, handing over power temporarily to his brother Raoul.|
|19 March:|| ||Arthur C. Clarke, British inventor and science fiction author, dies in Colombo, Sri Lanka at age 90.|
|23 March:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|21 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|7 May:|| ||Dmitry Medvedev succeeds Vladimir Putin as president of Russia.|
|11 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|25 May:|| ||NASA's Phoenix spacecraft lands in the northern polar region of Mars.|
|3 Augustus:|| ||Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian author and historian, winner of the 1970 Literature Nobel Prize, dies in Moscow at age 89.|
|20 Augustus:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1429 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|30 Augustus:|| ||The world's highest observation deck opens at 474 meters in the 492 m Shanghai World Financial Center, the second tallest building in the world since 14 September 2007.|
|19 September:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|28 September:|| ||SpaceX Falcon 1 is the first privately developed spacecraft to successfully reach orbit.|
|9 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|21 October:|| ||The Large Hadron Collider LHC is officially inaugurated at CERN in Geneva.|
|4 November:|| ||Barack Obama is elected as the first African-American president of the United States.|
|21 November:|| ||Palm Jumeirah, the first several artificial island groups on the coast of Dubai, is officialy opened.|
|26 November:|| ||Three days of terror on train stations, hotels and bars in Mumbai, India by Islamic militants kill 195 and injure many more.|
|26 November:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|17 December:|| ||Time announces its Person of the Year is Barack Obama.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 2008
American president-elect Barack Obama, Time Person of the Year.Nelson Mandela, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Neil Armstrong, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 2008 was a leap year starting on a Tuesday, just like 1924, 1952 and 1980 in the century before it and 2036, 2064, 2092 and 2104 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2013 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?2008 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 20 May 2013.