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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in February 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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2008?


Events

  • 01 Feb 2008 A small plane crashes at Mount Airy, North Carolina resulting in the death of six passengers. (WSLS)
  • 02 Feb 2008 Iran opens its first space center and launches a rocket into space.ampquotIran Opens Space Center, Launches Rocketampquot, Associated Press
  • 03 Feb 2008 In Glendale, Arizona, the NFL's Super Bowl XLII is played. The New York Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots with a 17-14 victory. Most Valuable Player is Giants' Quarterback Eli Manning.
  • 04 Feb 2008 U.S. President George W. Bush unveils a record US$3.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal 2009, including US$515 billion for military spending, and US$70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan for just part of 2009. Domestic programs would be deeply cut. The budget is the first to be presented electronically.
  • 05 Feb 2008 (to February 6) A tornado outbreak, the deadliest in 23 years, kills 58 in the Southern United States.
  • 06 Feb 2008 Over 60 tornadoes across the US South in two days kill 48 and injure over 150.
  • 07 Feb 2008 STS-122: Space Shuttle Atlantis launches to deliver the European-built Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station.
  • 08 Feb 2008 In the USA, the Supreme Court of Nebraska rules the electric chair is unconstitutional (cruel and unusual). This is the last state in the country to have allowed death by the electric chair.
  • 09 Feb 2008 At a Philip Weiss auction, a 24-cent US postage stamp of 1869, Declaration of Independence with inverted-center error sells for US$1.27 million, a new record for a single US stamp.
  • 10 Feb 2008 The wooden portion of Namdaemun Gate in Seoul, South Korea is destroyed in a suspicious fire. (BBC News)
  • 11 Feb 2008 Rebel East Timorese soldiers seriously wound President Jose Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.
  • 12 Feb 2008 In Los Angeles and New York, film and television writers vote to lift their 100-day-old strike against major studios and return to work. Writers Guild of America members voted 92.5 percent in favor of ending the strike, with a new three-year contract approved in principle.
  • 13 Feb 2008 US President George Bush signs a law for individual tax rebates and temporary investment incentives worth US$168 billion.
  • 14 Feb 2008 At Northern Illinois University, former student Stephen Kazmierczak fires over 50 shots, killing five students and himself, injuring 16 others.
  • 15 Feb 2008 Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Illinois, declares missing millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett legally dead, five months after the airplane he was flying disappeared over Nevada.
  • 16 Feb 2008 37 people are killed in a suicide car bombing in Pakistan's tribal region after a meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party, reports say. (BBC News)
  • 17 Feb 2008 Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company recalls 143 million pounds of beef, the USA's largest meat recall in California, due to the slaughter of cattle unfit for human consumption.
  • 18 Feb 2008 Europe's major powers and the United States recognize the independence of Kosovo.
  • 19 Feb 2008 A fireball and sonic boom are reported in parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.
  • 20 Feb 2008 In Wisconsin and Hawaii, Democratic caucuses Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for Presidential candidate. John McCain wins Wisconsin on the Republican side.
  • 21 Feb 2008 Monaco Rare Coins of California sells a 1861 Coronet Paquet Reverse double eagle for US$2.5 million.
  • 22 Feb 2008 Russian President Vladimir Putin describes the recognition of Kosovo's unilaterally declared independence by several major world powers as ampquota terrible precedent,ampquot ... that ampquotbreaks up the entire system of international relations,ampquot ... which has taken ampquotcenturies to evolve.ampquot ampquotAnd undoubtedly, it may entail a whole chain of unpredictable consequences to other regions in the worldampquot and that will come back to hit the West ampquotin the face.ampquot
  • 23 Feb 2008 A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2.
  • 24 Feb 2008 Electronic Arts video game company makes a hostile bid of US$2 billion for Take-Two.
  • 25 Feb 2008 The New York Philharmonic becomes the first American musical ensemble to perform in North Korea. (Time)
  • 26 Feb 2008 A shutdown at the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station causes a loss of electricity for millions in Florida. (Reuters)
  • 27 Feb 2008 In the USA, the Fannie Mae government-backed mortgage company reports a loss of US$3.55 billion for the fourth quarter of 2007, due to increased foreclosures.
  • 28 Feb 2008 A report by the Pew Center on the United States says the American penal system held more than 2.3 million adults at the start of the year, meaning more than one in every 100 American adults is confined in a prison or jail, the highest ratio in the nation's history. The report also notes that the United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.
  • 29 Feb 2008 American TV show The Young and the Restless has now been the number one rated daytime drama for 1000 consecutive weeks in the US, since December 1988.

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I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn

Country: United States of America

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Country: United States of America

The Patsy

The Patsy

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray

Country: United States of America

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Country: United States of America

Books

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Sizzle And Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz

Sizzle And Burn

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A woman who hears voices. A man who sees visions. A killer who may elude them both.

Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg

Her Last Death

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Her Last Death begins as the phone rings early one morning in the Montana house where Susanna Sonnenberg lives with her husband and two young sons.

This Republic Of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

This Republic Of Suffering

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More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million.

The Age Of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

The Age Of American Unreason

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A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism.

Sin No More by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Sin No More

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A man who once thrived on wickedness and counted on forgiveness, Curtis Black has changed his ways. Back in the heart of his congregation and his family, he will no longer