2008 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 114 of 114

  • Nov 20 After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • Nov 23 Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009
  • Nov 25 A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one
  • Nov 26 Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.
  • Nov 28 Canada remains the only OECD country out of the recession at this time
  • Nov 28 Sweden technically enters the recession after experiencing contraction of 0.1% in the second and third quarter
  • 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

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 200 of 220

  • May 13 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • May 18 Joseph Pevney, American television director
  • May 19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • May 20 Hamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
  • May 22 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)
  • May 23 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • May 25 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • May 27 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • May 28 David Mitton, Scottish-born director (b. 1938)
  • May 29 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • May 30 Lorenzo Odone, American medical figure (b. 1978)
  • Jun 1 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • Jun 1 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)
  • Jun 9 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
  • Jun 11 Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • Jun 13 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jun 16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • Jun 17 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 18 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (b. 1915)
  • Jun 19 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 22 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (b. 1914)
  • Jun 22 Jane McGrath, British-born Australian cancer support campaigner (b. 1966)
  • Jun 24 Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jun 27 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • Jun 27 Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • Jul 4 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 4 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Jul 4 Thomas M. Disch, American science fiction author (b. 1940)
  • Jul 5 Hasan Doğan, 37th president of the Turkish Football Federation (b. 1956)
  • Jul 7 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 9 Séamus Brennan, Irish politicain (b. 1948)
  • Jul 10 Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana (b. 1938)
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, American surgeon and inventor (b. 1908)
  • Jul 12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • Jul 13 Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 19 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94
  • Jul 23 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924)
  • Jul 25 Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)
  • Jul 25 Tracy Hall, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 27 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • Jul 29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80
  • Aug 1 Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 2 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, dies at 89

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Aug 3 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • Aug 7 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
  • Aug 9 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(b. 1941)
  • Aug 13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • Aug 13 Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 13 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • Aug 13 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • Aug 13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • Aug 15 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • Aug 15 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • Aug 17 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • Aug 19 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 20 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Aug 20 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • Aug 22 Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • Aug 23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • Aug 25 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)
  • 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)
  • Oct 2 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 3 Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 7 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 George Emil Palade, Romanian cell biologist (b. 1912)
  • 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 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 Jack Narz, American game show host (b. 1922)
  • Oct 19 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic (b. 1922)
  • Oct 25 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • Oct 26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • Oct 30 Pedro Pompilio Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)
  • Nov 1 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 4 Michael Crichton, American author, dies at 66

  • Nov 4 Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)
  • Nov 12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • Nov 20 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)