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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2008.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2008: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2008?


Events

  • 01 Aug 2008 General Motors of the USA announces second quarter loss of US$15.5 billion, worst in the company's history.
  • 02 Aug 2008 Latvia holds a constitutional referendum on whether to allow referendums on dissolving parliament and calling early elections. Although the vote was invalidated, as turnout did not meet the 50% threshold, the results (96% in favour of the change) are considered likely to press politicians to adopt a similar measure nonetheless. (AFP) (Reuters)
  • 03 Aug 2008 North Korea says that it will expel ampquotunnecessaryampquot South Korean staff from the Kumgangsan resort and threatens military action in an escalation of tension over the shooting of a South Korean tourist. (Reuters)amp/bramp
  • 04 Aug 2008 U.S. conservative political commentator Robert Novak retires after 45 years. The only reason for retirement was a previously discovered brain tumour. Novak is also involved in the CIA leak scandal. (CBS News)
  • 05 Aug 2008 Rwanda formally accuses senior French officials, including former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and late President François Mitterrand, of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and calls for them to be put on trial. (Reuters)
  • 06 Aug 2008 A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.
  • 07 Aug 2008 Georgia launches a military offensive against South Ossetia to counter the alleged Russian invasion, starting the South Ossetia War.
  • 08 Aug 2008 US home mortgage funder Fannie Mae posts a second-quarter loss of US$2.3 billion, its fourth straight quarter loss, totaling US$9.44 billion over the past year.
  • 09 Aug 2008 American actor/comedian Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Transformers) dies in a Chicago hospital from complications due to pneumonia, at age 50.
  • 10 Aug 2008 American singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes (Hot Buttered Soul album, theme from Shaft, voice of Chef from South Park) dies at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 65.
  • 11 Aug 2008 An air strike by the United States kills 25 Taliban militants and 8 civilians in Orūzgān Province in southern Afghanistan. (''The Australian'')
  • 12 Aug 2008 On August 12, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed against Facebook, Blockbuster Inc., Overstock.com, Fandango, Hotwire.com, GameFly, Zappos.com, and any additional ampquotJohn Doeampquot corporations that activated Facebook Beacon when they released their common member's personal information to their Facebook user friends without their consent through the Facebook Beacon program. The lawsuit alleges the release of the information was a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act,
  • 13 Aug 2008 At the Beijing Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 10th and 11th career gold medals, in men's 200-metre butterfly and 4x200 freestyle relay in world record 6:58.56). Phelps is now the record holder of most career Olympic gold medals.
  • 14 Aug 2008 Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of Poland, announces that the United States and Poland have reached an agreement on basing missile defense in Poland. (AP via Google News)
  • 15 Aug 2008 Poland signs a deal with the US to host part of its new missile defence shield. The US will install ten interceptor missiles at a base on the Baltic coast, and help strengthen Polish air defences.
  • 16 Aug 2008 2008 South Ossetia war:
  • 17 Aug 2008 Michael Phelps wins his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games, in the 4x100 medley relay, in record time of 3:29.34. Phelps now holds the record for most gold medals at an Olympics event.
  • 18 Aug 2008 President Of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf resigns due to pressure from opposition.
  • 19 Aug 2008 The 39th annual Pacific Islands Leaders Forum opens in Niue, but is boycotted by Fijian leader Frank Bainimarama. (''The Australian'')
  • 20 Aug 2008 Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, and 8 more die later. Only 18 people survive.
  • 21 Aug 2008 Somali pirates captured a total of three vessels in two days. (Xinhuanet)
  • 22 Aug 2008 An aircraft crashes in Guatemala, killing 10, including four Americans on a humanitarian mission.
  • 23 Aug 2008 War in Somalia (2006–09): Two journalists and three other people are abducted by gunmen near Elasha, Somalia. (CTV News)
  • 24 Aug 2008 An aircraft crashes in Guatemala, killing 10, including four Americans on a humanitarian mission.
  • 25 Aug 2008 The US Mint releases the 2008 Alaska state quarter dollar coin to circulation.
  • 26 Aug 2008 Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
  • 27 Aug 2008 Alberto Gonzales announces his resignation as US attorney general as of September 17.
  • 28 Aug 2008 September 7 – Hurricane Hanna kills seven in the United States, and 529 in Haiti, mostly due to deluges and mudslides.
  • 29 Aug 2008 The US Mint officially launches the 2008 Alaska State quarter dollar coin at the Alaska State Fair.
  • 30 Aug 2008 Mass marches are held in more than 70 cities across Mexico, demanding stronger action against violent crime. (AP via CNN)
  • 31 Aug 2008 Hurricane Gustav:

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Movies

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Departures

Departures

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Yôjirô Takita

Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Country: United States of America

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The Wrestler

The Wrestler

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Country: United States of America

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Country: United States of America

Books

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon

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Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won't be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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An intimate look at writing, running, and the incredible way they intersect, from the incomparable, bestselling author Haruki Murakami.While simply training for New York City Marathon would be enough for most

Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva

Moscow Rules

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The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon novel from the “gold standard” (The Dallas Morning News) of thriller writers. Over the course of ten previous novels, Daniel Silva has established himself as one

Rules Of Deception by Christopher Reich

Rules Of Deception

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New York Times Bestseller Dr. Jonathan Ransom, a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his wife, Emma, when she falls into a hidden crevasse

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture

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A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.