What Happened in December 2008

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 The US economy has been in recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research announces today
  • Dec 2 Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resigns after the 2008 Thailand political crisis

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Dec 5 Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II.

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Dec 5 OJ Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson

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Dec 6 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Dec 6 17th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #1 Alabama, 31-20
  • Dec 6 4th ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech beats #18 Boston College, 30-12
  • Dec 6 13th Big 12 Championship Game: #4 Oklahoma beats #19 Missouri, 62-21
  • Dec 8 Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.

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Dec 9 The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Dec 11 Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme
  • Dec 12 Andrei Klepach, a deputy economics minister of Russia, states that Russia has entered the recession, with two quarters of contraction expected, meaning Russia will fall short of reaching the 6.8% growth forecast for 2008

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Dec 14 President George W. Bush make his fourth and final trip to Iraq as president and is almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Dec 15 74th Heisman Trophy Award: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB)

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Dec 25 Phil Jackson becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games

  • Dec 28 The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

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Dec 30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan

Famous Weddings

  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 1 Joseph B. Wirthlin, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, businessman (b. 1917)
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (b. 1938)
  • Dec 2 Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1933)
  • Dec 2 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 3 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 5 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • Dec 5 Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 8 Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • Dec 8 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)
  • Dec 9 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • Dec 9 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)

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Dec 11 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Dec 11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • Dec 12 Avery Dulles, Roman Catholic Cardinal, heologian (b. 1918)
  • Dec 12 Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 12 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot former president (b. 1934)
  • Dec 13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 15 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • Dec 17 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)

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Dec 17 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95
  • Dec 19 James Bevel, 1960s Civil rights movement leader (b. 1936)
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • Dec 19 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • Dec 24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

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Dec 24 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30 Dick Green, Canadian actor
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • Dec 31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)