On This Day

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 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Oct 3 American surfer Kelly Slater clinches his record 9th world championship after round 3 of Billabong Pro in Mundaka, Spain; accrues enough points with 5 victories to win title with 2 scheduled ASP Tour contests to be surfed
  • Oct 4 On This Day (then HistoryOrb.com) receives its first major overhaul and redesign

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Oct 4 Mark Zuckerberg announces the appointment of Google executive Sheryl Sandberg as Facebook COO

Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook Executive
Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Oct 6 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second Mercury flyby
  • Oct 7 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • Oct 8 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology awarded jointly to Harald zur Hausen (cause of cervical cancer) and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Luc Montagnier (discovery of HIV)
  • 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 12 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: D. A. Weibring wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Fred Funk
  • 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

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Oct 17 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the highest run-scorer ever in test cricket beating Brian Lara's record and passing 12,000 runs against Australia in Mohali

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Oct 17 Iran's attempt to create the world's largest sandwich (1,500 metres) fails when crowds eat it before it can be measured
  • 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.
  • Oct 22 Google Play is launched, the official app store for the Android operating system

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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 24 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Ventura, Maram, Stardom Bound, Together Forever, Zenyatta
  • Oct 25 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Muhannak, Desert Code, Albertus Maximus, Goldikova, Midshipman, Donativum, Midnight Lute, Conduit, Raven's Pass
  • 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 World Series Baseball: Philadelphia beats Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3 in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies second title in their 126-year history; MVP: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 29 "Quantum of Solace" 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

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Oct 29 10th century Archimedes Palimpsest, featuring lost works of Archimedes, made freely available on the web, 10 years after bought by unknown tech figure

Mathematician and Inventor Archimedes
Mathematician and Inventor
Archimedes
  • Oct 31 Whitepaper "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" is published by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. It describes a decentralized peer-to-peer network that could track and verify transactions while producing a transparent, verifiable record.

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

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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

LoveWedding 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 1 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), dies at 92
  • 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 7 Peter Copley, British actor (Victim, Kingdom of Heaven, King & Country), dies at 93
  • Oct 8 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • Oct 8 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • Oct 8 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 9 Gidget Gein, American musician (Marilyn Manson band), dies at 39
  • Oct 9 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), dies at 93
  • Oct 10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • Oct 11 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)
  • Oct 11 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • Oct 12 Marta Pan, Hungarian-French sculptor (Great spiral), dies at 85
  • 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 14 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 15 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), dies at 85
  • Oct 15 Nathan Davis, American actor (Dunston Checks In, Holes, Code of Silence), dies from emphysema and pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 15 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 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, dies at 86
  • 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 (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • Oct 27 Bernard W. Rogers, United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, dies at 87
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • Oct 30 Pedro Pompilio Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)