September 2008 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 7 The US Government takes control of the two largest largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • Sep 8 Latvia joins its northern neighbor Estonia in recession as GDP falls 0.2% in the second quarter from the first quarter, when it fell 0.3%; property markets and construction have suffered in both Baltic states
  • Sep 10 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sep 13 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Sep 13 33rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 Rentrer en soi announces that they would be breaking up.
  • Sep 17 The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea
  • Sep 21 Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.
  • Sep 21 President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25.
  • Sep 21 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel formally resigns from office, effective as soon as his successor Tzipi Livni has successfully assembled a new government.
  • Sep 25 China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
  • Sep 25 The "Celtic Tiger" slides into recession for the first time in over two decades, recording a 0.5% fall in second quarter GDP, following a 0.3% decline in the first quarter
  • Sep 26 Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • Sep 27 CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
  • Sep 28 SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
  • Sep 29 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 29 Emma Tallulah Behn, member of the extended Norwegian royal family

Deaths in History

  • Sep 2 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • Sep 3 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator, led 4th Fighter Group during World War II. (b.1918)
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, silent film vixen, last living attendee of the 1st Annual Academy Awards, (b. 1910)
  • Sep 7 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • Sep 8 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • Sep 9 Warith Deen Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Bob Quinn, Australian rules footballer (b. 1915)
  • Sep 12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • Sep 14 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • Sep 22 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • Sep 23 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 30 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singapore Opposition Leader & former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party (b. 1926)