What Happened in October 2008

Historical Events

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Oct 3 The $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system is signed by President George W. Bush

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

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Oct 3 OJ Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • Oct 10 Singapore becomes the first Asian country to slip into a recession since the credit crisis began: growth has faltered as a result of less demand for exports, a reduction in tourism, and the end of the real-estate boom

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Oct 12 Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Oct 13 HM Treasury infused £37 billion ($64 billion, 47 billion euros) of new capital-bailout into Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Lloyds TSB and HBOS Plc, to avert a financial sector collapse.
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB American League Championship: Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 22 India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1.

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Oct 23 Joe Sakic scores his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Oct 24 "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
  • Oct 24 Iceland receives a £1.3 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1st European country to require an emergency loan as a result of the financial crisis
  • Oct 27 The banking group BNP Paribas states that Australia is in a risky position with regards to the global financial crisis as foreign liabilities accounted for 60% of the nation's GDP
  • Oct 28 In the UK, 500,000 mortgage holders are left in negative equity after house prices drop 15% since the previous summer
  • Oct 29 Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world's largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.
  • Oct 29 MLB World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies defeat Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 to become champions
  • Oct 29 "Quantum of Solace" 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

Famous Weddings

  • 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

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 10 Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • Oct 2 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 2 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • Oct 3 Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 6 Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model (b. 1985)
  • Oct 7 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 George Emil Palade, Romanian cell biologist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 8 Eileen Herlie, American actress (b. 1918)
  • Oct 8 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 9 Gidget Gein, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • Oct 11 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)
  • Oct 12 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • Oct 13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • Oct 14 Richard Cooey, American murderer and rapist (executed) (b. 1967)
  • Oct 14 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • Oct 15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • Oct 15 Jack Narz, American game show host (b. 1922)
  • Oct 17 Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer (Four Tops), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 19 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic (b. 1922)
  • Oct 19 Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (Dolemite) (b. 1937)
  • Oct 20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 25 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • Oct 26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • Oct 26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (b. 1926)
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • Oct 30 Pedro Pompilio Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)