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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 2008 AD

January

January 1: Cyprus replaces it's currency with the Euro
January 1: Malta replaces it's currency with the Euro
January 2: Oil reaches $100 per barrel for the first time

February

February 7: Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-122, launches to deliver laboratory to the ISS
February 13: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issues a formal apology to the Aboriginal people of Australia
February 17: Kosovo declares independence from Serbia
February 17: Taliban suicide bombing kills 80 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
February 20: U.S. Navy destroys a U.S. spy satellite with a missile
February 24: Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba, his brother Raul Castro is unanimously elected

March

March 24: Bhutan holds it's first public election
March 25: 160 square mile part of the Antarctic ice shelf disintegrates

May

May 12: 8.0 Earthquake in southwest China kills more than 69,000
May 25: NASA's Phoenix spacecraft lands in the polar region on Mars

June

June 12: Irish voters reject the Treaty of Lisbon
June 27: Bill Gates resigns from Microsoft to focus on his charity work

July

July 2: Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages are rescued from FARC by Colombia
July 21: Radovan Karadzic arrested on war crimes after a 12 year manhunt

August

August 8: 2008 Summer Olympics begin in Beijing, China
August 17: Michael Phelps wins 8 Gold Medals in 2008 Olympics
August 18: Pervez Musharraf resigns as President of Pakistan
August 24: 2008 Summer Olympics come to a close in Beijing, China

September

September 15: Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy
September 24: Taro Aso becomes the new Prime Minister of Japan

October

October 3: President George W. Bush signs the 700 billion dollar TARP program into law
October 9: Iceland takes control of 3 banks due to the global financial crisis
October 29: Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines merge

November

November 4: Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States
November 4: Joe Biden is elected the 47th Vice President of the United States
November 19: Claudia Castillo has a successful trachea transplant from stem-cell created organ
November 26: Mumbai terrorist attacks kill over 195 people over four days

December

December 31: One leap second is added to the end of the year
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