December 2008 calendar

December 2008

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 2008: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2008?


  • 01 Dec 2008 The price of a barrel of light crude oil falls US$5.15 to US$49.28.
  • 02 Dec 2008 US President-elect Barack Obama names New York Senator Hillary Clinton as his nominee for secretary of state, and asks U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain in office.
  • 03 Dec 2008 The Convention on Cluster Munitions opens for signature in Oslo.ref name=cluster/
  • 04 Dec 2008 Iraq's Presidency Council approves a security pact with the United States, which requires U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi towns by mid-2009 and leave the country by the end of 2011.
  • 05 Dec 2008 The US White House and congressional democrats agree on a plan to provide a US$15 billion emergency loan to the country's automakers.
  • 06 Dec 2008 US heiress Martha "Sunny" von Bulow dies at age 76 in New York, following 28 years in a coma.
  • 07 Dec 2008 Jamie Whincup wins the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship series for Ford and Triple 8 Racing.
  • 08 Dec 2008 In the USA, the Tribune Company files for bankruptcy.
  • 09 Dec 2008 The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency.
  • 10 Dec 2008 Talks on North Korea's nuclear program stall in a dispute over verification. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec 2008 Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • 12 Dec 2008 Former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with allegedly running a $50 billion "Ponzi scheme", among the biggest fraud cases ever.
  • 13 Dec 2008 Leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea meet on the island of Kyūshū to discuss a response to the financial crisis. (BBC)
  • 14 Dec 2008 President George W. Bush makes his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and is almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a news conference in Baghdad.
  • 15 Dec 2008 Montenegro presents its official application for European Union membership to current EU Council President Nicolas Sarkozy, hoping to win candidate status in 2009. (EU Observer)
  • 16 Dec 2008 The U.S. Federal Reserve cuts the country's federal funds interest rate to a target range of zero to 0.25 percent, the lowest level on record in the United States for the rate.
  • 17 Dec 2008 Sammy Baugh, football player who set numerous passing records with the Washington Redskins (1937-1952), dies at age 94 in Rotan, Texas, USA.
  • 18 Dec 2008 Mark Felt, the mysterious "Deep Throat" source who helped reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein crack the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon, dies at age 95 in Santa Rosa, California.
  • 19 Dec 2008 US President George W. Bush announces US$17.4 billion in emergency loans to U.S. carmakers to prevent a collapse of the industry and save hundreds of thousands of jobs.
  • 20 Dec 2008 The Swedish Academy, the body that selects the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, announces that Horace Engdahl will be replaced as its permanent secretary by historian Peter Englund. (AP via Google News)
  • 21 Dec 2008 Gwadar Port, Pakistan, becomes fully operational.ref name=quotThe_Dawnquot
  • 22 Dec 2008 The American Environmental Protection Agency publishes a Clean Water Act General Permit that will allow cruise ships to dump unlimited quantities of untreated "graywater" into the ocean just a mile from U.S. shores.
  • 23 Dec 2008 US President George W. Bush signs H.R. 6184 "America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008" into law, as Public Lal 110-456. The program encompasses a new series of circulating and non-circulating coins depicting national sites of each state and territory, and the District of Columbia, five designs per year, beginning in 2010. In addition to circulating quarter dollar coins, 5-ounce silver coins will also be produced for each design.
  • 24 Dec 2008 Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.
  • 25 Dec 2008 Eartha Kitt, American sultry singer ("Santa Baby"), dancer and actress (Catwoman in Batman, two Emmy awards) dies in New York at age 81 of colon cancer.
  • 26 Dec 2008 China's People's Liberation Army Navy begins escorting three warships (two destroyers and one replenishment oiler) to the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy in Somalia. (Xinhua)
  • 27 Dec 2008 President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari accepts that ampquotnon-state actorsampquot exist in the country and vows to root out terrorism there. (Reuters)
  • 28 Dec 2008 Operation Cast Lead
  • 29 Dec 2008 Bangladesh holds its general elections after two years of political unrest over the interim government.
  • 30 Dec 2008 Eight of eleven snowmobilers buried by avalanches in British Columbia, Canada, are found dead. (CTV News)
  • 31 Dec 2008 U.S. crude oil price rises 14 percent on the final trading day of 2008, with February futures settling up US$5.57 to $44.60 per barrel.

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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Country: United States of America

Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

The Sting

The Sting

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Country: United States of America

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Country: United States of America

Prithvi Vallabh

Prithvi Vallabh

Directed by: Sohrab Modi

Starring: Sadiq Ali, Durga Khote, Leela Mishra, Sohrab Modi


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American Lion by Jon Meacham

American Lion


Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.

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The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One


In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

Just After Sunset by Stephen King

Just After Sunset


Internationally bestselling author Stephen King—who has written more than fifty books, dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies—delivers an astonishing collection of short stories.

Cross Country by James Patterson

Cross Country


Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered-to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly …