December 2008 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • Dec 8 Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Conference meetingConference of Interest

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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Joseph B. Wirthlin, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, businessman (b. 1917)
  • Dec 2 Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1933)
  • Dec 2 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • 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 8 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • Dec 9 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • Dec 12 Avery Dulles, Roman Catholic Cardinal, heologian (b. 1918)
  • Dec 12 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot former president (b. 1934)
  • Dec 15 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • 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 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • Dec 24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)