What Happened in November 2008

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 59th Formula One WDC: Lewis Hamilton wins by one point

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula One Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 4 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate John McCain

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Nov 8 18th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 17-0 in Chestnut Hill
  • Nov 11 The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai.

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 11 Taylor Swift releases her 2nd studio album “Fearless” (2009 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Album of the Year 2010, American Music Awards 2009)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 12 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

  • Nov 13 Germany's economy, Europe's largest , contracted by 0.5% in the third quarter after GDP fell 0.4% in the second quarter, putting it in recession for the first time in five years
  • Nov 13 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • Nov 14 Italy plunges into recession, its first since the start of 2005, after GDP contracts a steeper-than-expected 0.5% in the third quarter
  • Nov 14 Hong Kong becomes the second Asian economy to tip into recession, its exports hit by weakening global demand
  • Nov 14 Eurozone officially slips into recession for the first time since its creation in 1999, pushed down by recessions in Germany and Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Elizabeth Warren is appointed to chair a Congressional Oversight Panel for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Nov 16 60th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • Nov 17 Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 17 "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • 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 22 YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Patrick Roy's #33 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Nov 22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 23 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Singer Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
  • Nov 23 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • Nov 23 96th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Montreal Alouettes, 22-14
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 24 Craig David releases his first Greatest Hits album

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Craig David
  • 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 Sweden technically enters the recession after experiencing contraction of 0.1% in the second and third quarter
  • Nov 29 73rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 36-0 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama's first win in the series in seven years

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 1 Actress Marisa Coughlan (34) weds Stephen Wallack at a private estate in Pasadena, California
  • Nov 17 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • Nov 29 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • Nov 1 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac, Peruvian singer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)

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 10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Nov 12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • Nov 12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (b. 1947)
  • Nov 12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • Nov 17 Pete Newell, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Nov 17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 20 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)
  • Nov 24 Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
  • Nov 24 Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • Nov 26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • Nov 27 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), dies at 77
  • Nov 29 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (b. 1918)
  • Nov 30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)