2008 in History – What happened in year 2008


In history, year 2008 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2008.

Know what happened in 2008:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 FebruaryThe London low emission zone , governing what types of vehicles may enter Greater London, came into being.
05 January Mikheil Saakashvili was decisively re-elected as President of Georgia in 'the first genuinely competitive presidential election' in the history of Georgia.
06 AprilEgyptian workers staged an illegal general strike, two days before key municipal elections.
06 AugustMauritanian President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi wasousted from power by a group of high-ranking generals that he haddismissed from office several hours earlier.
09 July Under the belief that Israel and the United States wereplanning to attack its nuclear programme, Iran conducted the GreatProphet III missile test and war games exercise.
10 FebruaryAn arson fire severely damaged the Namdaemun gate in Seoul, the first of South Korea's National Treasures.
10 September CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, was first powered up beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva.
12 MayIn Postville, Iowa, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcementconducted the largest-ever raid of a workplace and arrested nearly 400immigrants for identity theft and document fraud.
16 January Five days after proposing lyrics for the wordless La Marcha Real, the Spanish national anthem, the Spanish Olympic Committee withdrew the proposal due to widespread criticism.
20 AugustSpanair Flight 5022 crashed just after take off from Madrid'sBarajas Airport, killing 154 people.
20 September An explosive-laden truck detonated in front of the Marriotthotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others.
21 January The Eyak language in Alaska became extinct after Marie Smith Jones, the language's last native speaker, died, an event that became a symbol in the fight against language extinction.
22 OctoberIndia launched Chandrayaan-1, the country's first unmannedlunar mission.
23 September A gunman shot and killed ten students at Seinäjoki Universityof Applied Sciences in Kauhajoki, Western Finland, before committingsuicide.
24 DecemberThe Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, beganattacks on several villages in Haut-Uele District, Democratic Republicof the Congo, resulting in at least 400 deaths and numerous atrocities.
25 September Shenzhou 7, the third spaceflight of the Chinese space programand their first to include a spacewalk, launched from the JiuquanSatellite Launch Center.
26 MaySevere flooding began in eastern and southern China thatultimately caused 148 deaths and forced the evacuation of 1.3 millionpeople.
26 September Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy became the first person tofly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
27 JunePresident of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was overwhelmingly re-elected after his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew a week earlier,citing violence against his party's supporters.
09 DecemberGovernor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich was arrested for a numberof corruption crimes, including attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seatthat was being vacated by then-U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
11 DecemberAmerican stock broker Bernard Madoff was arrested and chargedwith securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme, the largest such inhistory.
04 NovemberBarack Obama became the first African American to be electedPresident of the United States.
26 NovemberA coordinated group of shooting and bombing attacks acrossMumbai began, ultimately killing a total of 173 people and wounding morethan 300 others.
13 SeptemberFive synchronised bomb blasts took place within a span of fewminutes in Delhi, India, resulting in 30 deaths and 130 injuries.
14 SeptemberAll 88 people aboard Aeroflot Flight 821 died when the aircraftcrashed on approach to Perm Airport in Perm Krai, Russia.
23 SeptemberA gunman shot and killed ten students at Seinäjoki Universityof Applied Sciences in Kauhajoki, Western Finland, before committingsuicide.
25 SeptemberShenzhou 7, the third spaceflight of the Chinese space programand their first to include a spacewalk, launched from the JiuquanSatellite Launch Center.
28 SeptemberSpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket achieved orbit on its fourth attemptto become the first successful liquid-propelled orbital launch vehicledeveloped with private funding.
08 AugustEight people died and 64 more were injured when a EuroCityexpress train en route to Prague, Czech Republic struck a part of amotorway bridge that had fallen onto the track near Studénka station inthe Czech Republic and derailed.
26 AugustMore than a week after a ceasefire was reached in the SouthOssetia war, Russia unilaterally recognized the independence of Abkhaziaand South Ossetia.


List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 2008:

YearName / Profession / Country
03 JuneHarshali Malhotra / Actress / India

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