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2008 Newspaper Headlines

DateEvent
2nd January 2008The price of petroleum hits $100 per barrel for the first time.
11th January 2008Edmund Hillary dies at the age of eighty-nine. He was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist.
17th February 2008A suicide bombing by a Taliban member kills up to eighty people in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
18th February 2008The British government introduces emergency legislation to temporarily nationalise Northern Rock, the fifth largest mortgage bank in the United Kingdom, due to the bank's financial crisis.
1st March 2008In the Gaza Strip, at least fifty-two Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers are killed in the most intense Israeli air strikes since 2005.
21st May 2008Manchester United win the UEFA Champions League, beating Chelsea on penalties in Moscow.
25th May 2008NASA's “Phoenix” spacecraft becomes the first to land on the northern polar region of Mars, enabling research into microbial life and the history of water on the planet.
27th June 2008President Robert Mugabe is re-elected with 85.5% of the vote in the second round of the controversial Zimbabwean presidential election.
15–20th July 2008World Youth Day takes place in Sydney, Australia. Pope Benedict XVI appears at the event.
8–24th July 2008The 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing, China.
17th August 2008American swimmer Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single Olympic Games. He wins a total of eight.
20th August 2008Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport with 172 on board. 154 passengers are killed, with only eighteen surviving.
22nd August 2008Pirates hijack German, Iranian, and Japanese cargo ships off the coast of Somalia, in the latest of seven such attacks since 20th June.
3rd September 2008Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan survives an assassination attempt near Islamabad, while on his way to meet British Leader of the opposition, David Cameron.
26th September 2008Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925) dies of lung cancer.
3rd October 2008U.S. President George W. Bush signs the revised Economic Stabilisation Act, creating a $700 billion Treasury fund to purchase falling bank assets.
4th November 2008Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, becoming the first ever African-American President-elect. Joe Biden is elected the 47th Vice President, completing a historic year for American politics. Biden is the first ever Roman-Catholic to be elected into this position.
26th November 2008Pakistan-based Islamic militants launch a series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, killing 195 people and injuring a further 250.
31st December 2008An extra leap-second is added to the end of the year. The last time this occurred was in 2005.


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