January 2008 calendar

January 2008

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2008?


  • 01 Jan 2008 Officially adopting the Euro currency, Malta and Cyprus become the fourteenth and 15th Eurozone members.
  • 02 Jan 2008 The US$100 per barrel price for crude oil is the highest ever recorded.
  • 03 Jan 2008 The Democratic caucuses in Iowa, USA choose Barack Obama to be their presidential candidate on November 8. Hillary Clinton, the national front-runner, is third behind John Edwards. Mike Huckabee was chosen by the Republican caucuses over Mitt Romney.
  • 04 Jan 2008 Warner Bros. USA announces that it will cease support for HD DVD video discs on June 1 and will only release high-definition DVDs using Sony's Bluray format. Warner Bros is Hollywood’s largest DVD seller, accounting for around 19% of all sales in the United States.
  • 05 Jan 2008 In Georgia, early presidential elections are being held.
  • 06 Jan 2008 A magnitude of 6.5 earthquake strikes Greece. The epicenter lies 70km (43 miles) below Leonidio. There were no reports of injuries or casualties.
  • 07 Jan 2008 The Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments about whether execution by lethal injection is an offense to the Constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments.
  • 08 Jan 2008 The Democratic caucuses in New Hampshire, USA choose Hillary Clinton to be the candidate for the November presidential election. John McCain is the Republican candidate.
  • 09 Jan 2008 Fog and smoke caused a 70-car pileup on Interstate 4 in Florida, USA. Five deaths.
  • 10 Jan 2008 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson resigns from the Presidential race
  • 11 Jan 2008 Lithuanian government confirms the existence of a nuclear waste facility.
  • 12 Jan 2008 At least 30 people are killed in a tanker accident, explosion, and fire at Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • 13 Jan 2008 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the winners of the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California at a press conference. Due to striker threats and a boycott, the usual three-hour broadcast was canceled.
  • 14 Jan 2008 Alvaro Colom is elected President of Guatemala.
  • 15 Jan 2008 Through sovereign-wealth funds, the governments of South Korea, Kuwait, Singapore and Kuwait invest US$21 Billion in American financial companies Citigroup and Merrill Lynch.
  • 16 Jan 2008 Oracle Corp announced that it would acquire BEA Systems in Boston, Massachusetts, USA for US$8.5 Billion in cash.
  • 17 Jan 2008 British Airways Flight 38 crashes just short of London Heathrow Airport, England. There are no fatalities. This is the first time a Boeing 777 has suffered a complete hull collapse.
  • 18 Jan 2008 Matthew Higa, a former psychiatric patient, is accused of killing a 2-year-old boy in Honolulu by throwing him off a pedestrian bridge and into the oncoming traffic on Interstate H-1.
  • 19 Jan 2008 Adolfo Nicolas is elected the thirtieth Superior general of the Society of Jesus.
  • 20 Jan 2008 NFL playoffs, 2007/08:
  • 21 Jan 2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. The FTSE 100 saw its largest ever one-day point drop, European stocks posted their worst results since September 11, 2001, while Asian stocks dropped as high as 14%.
  • 22 Jan 2008 The U.S. Federal Reserve lowers the federal funds rates by 0.75 points to 3.5 percent. This is the largest single drop in 23-years.
  • 23 Jan 2008 Virgin Galactic, a New York-based company, unveils its next generation of space vehicles at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • 24 Jan 2008 After almost 130 years of publication, Australia's oldest magazine, "The Bulletin", is ending its run.
  • 25 Jan 2008 The Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA is evacuated because of a fire that engulfed portions of its upper floors, roof, and facade before it was brought under control.
  • 26 Jan 2008 The Democratic caucuses of South Carolina, USA choose Barack Obama to be their presidential candidate on November 8. John McCain is the Republican candidate.
  • 27 Jan 2008 2007-2008 Kenyan Crisis: Reports claim that at least nine people were killed in west Kenya in violence linked to the disputed elections last month.
  • 28 Jan 2008 The Rupublican caucuses in Florida, USA choose John McCain to be the candidate for the November presidential election. Hillary Clinton was chosen by the Democratic caucuses.
  • 29 Jan 2008 Twenty civilians, including 11 children, are killed and 14 are injured when a mine explodes on a school bus in Madhu (Sri Lanka).
  • 30 Jan 2008 Stanwood Duval, United States District Court Judge, dismisses a case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flooding caused by a breach of the levee in New Orleans, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.
  • 31 Jan 2008 Microsoft offers to purchase Yahoo! for US$44.6 Billion: US$31 per share, stock and cash.
  • 04 Jan 2008 A Let L-410 Turbolet crashes in the Los Roques Archipelago in Venezuela, killing 14 people.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 2008?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Low
  2. - No Oneyoutube
  3. - Apologize
  4. - Kiss Kiss
  5. - With You

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - When You Believe
  2. - Now You're Gone
  3. - Crank That (Soulja Boy)
  4. - Bleeding Loveyoutube
  5. - Apologize


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 2008?

The Senator'S Wife by Sue Miller

The Senator'S Wife


Meri is newly married and pregnant. She is on the edge of her life as a mother and wife, and she recognizes with terror the gap between reality, expectation, and reality.

People Of The Book by Geraldine Brooks

People Of The Book


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author March and The Secret Chord has written a bestseller that follows a manuscript through centuries of war and exile. It was published by Viking in October 2015.

Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen

Good Dog. Stay.


Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, writes that "the life of a great dog is like the lifetime of a person" about her black Labrador retriever.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild


A young man from a wealthy family hitchhiked to Alaska in April 1992. He walked alone through the wilderness north and west of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret


The tenth anniversary edition of the book that made a profound impact on people's lives, now with a new afterword.