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Major Events of 2008

2008 (Roman Numerals: MMVIII) was the 8th year of the 21st century. 2008 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2008.
News Events of 2008

Cyprus and Malta join the Euro.


Price of petroleum reaches US $100 per barrel for the first time ever

Microsoft make a $44.6 billion offer to buy Yahoo!

Iran launches its first space rocket.

Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba.

Fidel Castro

The Singapore Flyer, the tallest ferris wheel in the world, opens.

Queen Elizabeth II opens Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport.

Queen Elizabeth II

US elects first black President (Barack Obama).

Barack Obama

Israel launches military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, with the stated intention of stopping Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.

SpaceX Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed space vehicle to reach orbit.

Delta Airlines merges with Northwest Airlines.

US government takes control of two largest mortgage finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Gold prices reach $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is powered up.

Sports in 2008
  • Olympic Games:

    • 2008 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXIX Olympiad): Beijing, China

    • Swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win 8 gold medals at one Olympic Games.

  • American Football:

    2008 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLII):

    • Winning Team: New York Giants

    • Losing Team: New England Patriots

  • Baseball:

    2008 World Series

    • Winning Team: Philadelphia Phillies

    • Losing Team: Tampa Bay Rays

  • Soccer:

    2008 Champions League:

    • Winners: Manchester United

    • Runners-Up: Chelsea

2008 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Languages

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