What Happened in 2008

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 227

  • Jan 1 A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • Jan 1 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • Jan 1 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • Jan 1 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • Jan 2 37th Fiesta Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #3 Oklahoma, 48-28
  • Jan 3 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21
  • Jan 7 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: No Country for Old Men wins Best Film
  • Jan 7 10th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24
  • Jan 8 New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 8 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 13 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers 21-12
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers 23-20 (OT)
  • Jan 21 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.
  • Jan 21 The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 96th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 96th Women's Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic (7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jan 27 56th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 8-7 at Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 27 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 3 Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • Feb 5 A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.
  • Feb 7 58th Berlin International Film Festival: "Elite Squad" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 Nebraska bans electric chair as sole execution method.
  • Feb 10 The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 10 50th Grammy Awards: Rehab, Amy Winehouse wins

  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 42-30
  • Feb 10 61st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Atonement" Best Film, Ethan and Joel Coen Best Director
  • Feb 11 In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
  • Feb 13 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an 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 24 casualties; 6 fatalities (including gunman) and 18 injured.
  • Feb 14 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 17 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia.
  • Feb 17 57th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 134-128 at New Orleans
  • Feb 17 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • Feb 19 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
  • Feb 23 B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. Crew survives but aircraft written off, the most expensive air crash in human history (aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
  • Feb 23 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 24 80th Academy Awards: "No Country for Old Men", Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win
  • Feb 28 Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.
  • Mar 2 Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.
  • Mar 13 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000.00 an ounce for the first time.
  • Mar 15 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • Mar 16 55th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 North Carolina beats #22 Clemson, 86-81
  • Mar 16 49th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Arkansas, 66-57
  • Mar 17 New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor.
  • Mar 19 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye was briefly observed on this day.
  • Mar 22 The French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets the world record of 47.50 for the 100 m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008.
  • Mar 24 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
  • Mar 31 Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service
  • Apr 4 Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
  • Apr 5 161st Grand National: Timmy Murphy aboard Comply or Die wins
  • Apr 7 70th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Memphis 75-68
  • Apr 8 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
  • Apr 8 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford 64-48
  • Apr 13 72nd Masters Golf Tournament: Trevor Immelman wins, shooting a 280

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 14 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Trace Adkins wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 20 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • Apr 20 54th British Academy Television Awards: "Fonejacker" Best Comedy, "The Street" best Drama
  • Apr 21 The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.
  • Apr 21 112th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:45 and Dire Tune of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:25:25
  • Apr 26 2008 NFL Draft: Jake Long from University of Michigan first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • Apr 30 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
  • 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 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.

Film release premierFilm Release

May 2 The critically acclaimed "Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

  • May 3 134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 2:01.82

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 4 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

  • May 6 Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation

Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Philippine court acquits Imelda Marcos in a 17-year-old case of 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth totaling $863 million in Swiss bank accounts.

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • May 12 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people
  • 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 17 133rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
  • May 18 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 18 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • May 19 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 21 16th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Chelsea (1-1, 6-5 on penalties) at Moscow
  • 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 24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon wins in 3:28:57.6792 (231.049 km/h)
  • May 25 61st Cannes Film Festival: "The Class" directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d'Or
  • 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.

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 31 Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds.

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Jun 1 A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
  • Jun 4 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • Jun 7 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65
  • Jun 8 The Akihabara massacre took place on the Sunday-pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street. A man killed seven in an attack on a crowd using a truck and a dagger.
  • Jun 8 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
  • Jun 8 107th Men's French Open: Ana Ivanovic beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-3)
  • Jun 9 107th Women's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-1, 6-3, 6-0)
  • Jun 10 The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Jun 12 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
  • Jun 15 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 16 Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Belgian princess
  • Jun 19 Maddie Aldridge, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears
  • Sep 29 Emma Tallulah Behn, member of the extended Norwegian royal family

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 2 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Feb 14 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London
  • Feb 19 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London
  • Mar 23 France's former first lady Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz (50) weds Moroccan-born public relations executive Richard Attias (48) in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 29 Biggest Loser contestant Amy Hildreth (28) weds Marty Wolff (27) in Charleston, South Carolina

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 4 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • Apr 19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Apr 20 "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • May 10 President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush (26) weds Henry Hager (30) at the Bush family ranch in Texas
  • May 17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California
  • May 19 Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film/TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 30 Film actor Charlie Sheen (42) weds socialite Brooke Mueller (30) at a private estate in Los Angeles, California

  • May 31 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida
  • Jun 9 "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jun 14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • Jun 22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba
  • Jun 28 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 28 Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power (37) weds law professor Cass Sunstein (53) at Church of Mary Immaculate in County Kerry, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • Jul 5 "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California
  • Jul 12 Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 13 American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California
  • Jul 26 Actress Jennifer Siebel (34) weds San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (40) at her parents horse ranch in Stevensville, Montana
  • Aug 7 Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Singer Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo cowboy Ty Murray (38) in the Bahamas

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Sep 6 Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye
  • Sep 13 "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedian actress Susie Essman (53) weds real-estate broker Jim Harder (51) at the Friars Club in Manhattan

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

  • Sep 19 NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica
  • Sep 22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • Sep 27 "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Kaitlin Olson (33) weds actor Rob McElhenney (31) at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California
  • Sep 28 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California
  • Oct 1 "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell (27) weds Michael Cameron (27) at the Church of Santa Maria a Gradillo in Ravello, Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 Radio personality Howard Stern (54) weds actress Beth Ostrosky (36) in Manhattan, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Oct 5 American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • Oct 6 Steven Curtis Chapman's oldest daughter Emily Chapman (45) weds longtime boyfriend Tanner Richards

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 18 Tennis player Michael Chang (35) weds fellow tennis player Amber Liu (24) at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Oct 25 Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street (37) weds John Reeser (31) on top of Alabama's Prospect Mountain in Hanceville
  • Oct 26 World's fattest man Manuel Uribe (43) weds Claudia Solis (38) in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Nov 1 Actress Marisa Coughlan (34) weds Stephen Wallack at a private estate in Pasadena, California
  • Nov 17 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • Nov 29 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Dec 6 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville
  • Dec 12 Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 "Cheers" actor Woody Harrelson (47) weds longtime girlfriend Laura Louie (43) in Maui Island

  • Dec 31 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 22 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) divorces Rick Salomon (39) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 months after getting married

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 3 Actor Michael Biehn (52) divorces film producer Gina Marsh after 20 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 21 Second wife Marsha Garces divorces comedian Robin Williams (56) after nearly 19 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • May 9 "The View" former co-host Star Jones (46) divorces investment banker Al Reynolds (39) after three-and-a-half years of marriage
  • May 16 "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 13 Actor Bill Murray (57) divorces costume designer Jennifer Butler (42) due to abuse and infidelity after 10 years of marriage

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray
  • Jul 7 Cynthia Rodriguez (35) divorces New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (32) due to long period of infidelity and emotional abandonment after 6 years of marriage
  • Aug 17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage
  • Aug 19 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage
  • Oct 10 Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage
  • Dec 1 "CSI" actress Marg Helgenberger (50) divorces actor Alan Rosenberg (58) due to irreconcilable differences after 19 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 480

  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (b. 1932)
  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (b. 1919)
  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • Jan 11 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 11 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 17 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 20 Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 22 Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979)

  • Jan 22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 26 Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host, (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • Jan 31 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • Feb 2 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 3 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
  • Feb 5 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • Feb 6 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • Feb 6 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 8 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • Feb 9 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • Feb 9 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • Feb 15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • Feb 17 Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • Feb 18 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • Feb 18 Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • Feb 19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • Feb 21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • Feb 21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Feb 23 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • Feb 23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60