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Major Events of 2008
2008 (Roman Numerals: MMVIII) was the 8th year of the 21st century. 2008 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Tuesday.
On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2008.
News Events of 2008
Cyprus and Malta join the Euro.
Price of petroleum reaches US $100 per barrel for the first time ever
Microsoft make a $44.6 billion offer to buy Yahoo!
Iran launches its first space rocket.
Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba.
The Singapore Flyer, the tallest ferris wheel in the world, opens.
Queen Elizabeth II opens Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport.
US elects first black President (Barack Obama).
Israel launches military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, with the stated intention of stopping Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.
SpaceX Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed space vehicle to reach orbit.
Delta Airlines merges with Northwest Airlines.
US government takes control of two largest mortgage finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Gold prices reach $1,000 per ounce for the first time.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is powered up.
Sports in 2008
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