Information for the Year 2008

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  • Jan. 6: President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, is reelected, taking 52% of the vote. He had called for early elections in November 2007, after massive protests prompted by accusations that he abused power and stifled dissent.
  • Feb. 10: Three men wearing ski masks steal four pieces of artwork from the Zurich Museum in one of the largest art robberies in history. In broad daylight, the robbers took a Cezanne, a Degas, a van Gogh, and a Monet, with a combined worth of $163 million. Feb. 18: Two of the paintings, the Monet and the van Gogh, are found in perfect condition in the backseat of an unlocked car in Zurich.
  • Sep. 24: Japan's Taro Aso, a conservative and former foreign minister, becomes prime minister, succeeding Yasuo Fukuda, who stepped down amid criticism of his handling of domestic issues.
  • Dec. 14: At a news conference in Baghdad, a reporter for Al Baghdadia, a Cairo-based satellite television network, hurls his shoes at President Bush and calls him a "dog." The shoes narrowly miss Bush's head.
  • Population:   6,700,000,000
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Martti Ahtisaari "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".
  • Jan. 3: The presidential primary season begins with Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee.
  • March 11: The government begins to intervene in the U.S. financial system to avoid a crisis. The Federal Reserve outlines a $200 billion loan program that lets the country's biggest banks borrow Treasury securities at discounted rates and post mortgage-backed securities as collateral. March 16: The Federal Reserve approves a $30 billion loan to JPMorgan Chase so it can take over Bear Stearns, which is on the verge of collapse.
  • Sep. 4: Sen. John McCain accepts the the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Dec. 19: President George W. Bush announces plans to lend General Motors and Chrysler $17.4 billion to survive the next three months.
  • President:  George W. Bush
  • Vice President:  Richard Cheney
  • Population:   302 million
  • Life expectancy:  77.70 years
  • US GDP (2008 dollars):  $14,580.0 billion
  • Federal spending:  $3,200.0 Billion
  • Federal debt:   $10,025 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars):$50,303
  • Consumer Price Index:   215.3
  • Unemployment:   5.8%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.42
  • Super Bowl  New York Giants defeated New England Patriots, (SCORE 17-14)
  • World Series of Baseball  Philadelphia Phillies defeated Tampa Bay Rays, 4 games to 1
  • National Basketball Association Championship  Boston Celtics defeated Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  Detroit Red Wings defeated Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 2
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Women: Venus Williams defeated Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis  Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 6-7, 9-7
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion  Big Brown
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers, (SCORE 75-68)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Florida Gators defeated Oklahoma Sooners, (SCORE 24 to 14)
  • Michael Hanes, a former contestant on Press Your Luck, wins $1,127,062 on a prime-time episode of The Price is Right on CBS.
  • Barack Obama airs a 30-minute infomercial that airs on CBS, NBC, Fox, BET, Univision, MSNBC and TV One. The infomercial is seen by 33.6 million viewers.
  • CNN becomes the first channel in the history to use hologram technology on television, during the 2008 United States Presidential Election. CNN's Jessica Yellin became the first person ever to be transmitted via hologram, followed by Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:   No Country for Old Men
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year  Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy  30 Rock - NBC
  • Miss America:  Kirsten Haglund (Farmington Hills, Michigan)
  • Feb. 9: The space shuttle Atlantis delivered the Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS). The $2 billion laboratory has room for three astronauts and ten experimentation racks that can simulate gravity for biotechnical and medical research.
  • May 14: Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced that the polar bear has been listed as threatened, thus protected by the Endangered Species Act.
  • Oct. 22: India launches its first unmanned spacecraft for a two-year mission to map a three-dimensional atlas of the Moon and search for natural resources on the lunar surface.

 

Information on this site is from Fact Monster, Treasurydirect.com, Time though the years.