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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

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Historical Events

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Events

  • 01 Jan 2008 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • 02 Jan 2008 Price of crude oil in the USA reaches US$100 per barrel for the first time.
  • 03 Jan 2008 In Iowa, USA, the Democratic caucuses choose Barack Obama as candidate for the presidential election on November. National front-runner Hillary Clinton places third, behind John Edwards. The Republican caucuses choose Mike Huckabee over Mitt Romney.
  • 04 Jan 2008 In the USA, Warner Bros studio announces it will drop support for the HD DVD video disc format on June 1, and will exclusively release high-definition DVDs in Sony's Blu-ray format. Warner Bros is Hollywood's biggest seller of DVDs, representing about 19 percent of sales in the United States.
  • 05 Jan 2008 Early presidential elections are held in the country of Georgia.
  • 06 Jan 2008 Greece is hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5. The epicenter is 70 km (43 miles) below Leonidio. There were no reports of casualties or serious damage. (RTÉ)
  • 07 Jan 2008 The Supreme Court of the United States hears arguments on whether execution by lethal injection is a violation of the Constitution's ban on ampquotcruel and unusual punishment.ampquot (BBC News)
  • 08 Jan 2008 In New Hampshire, USA, the Democratic caucuses choose Hillary Clinton as candidate for the presidential election on November. The Republican caucuses choose John McCain.
  • 09 Jan 2008 70-car pileup along Interstate 4 in Florida, USA, due to fog and smoke. Five deaths.
  • 10 Jan 2008 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson quits the Presidential race.
  • 11 Jan 2008 The Lithuanian government confirms a nuclear waste site. (Alfa)
  • 12 Jan 2008 A tanker crash, explosion and fire in Port Harcourt, Nigeria leaves at least 30 dead. (CNN)
  • 13 Jan 2008 In Beverly Hills, California, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces winners of the Golden Globe Awards at a press conference. The usual three-hour broadcast was scrapped due to threats of strikers and a boycott.
  • 14 Jan 2008 Alvaro Colom is sworn in as President of Guatemala. (AP via Google News)
  • 15 Jan 2008 The governments of Singapore, Kuwait, and South Korea invest US$21 billion in American finance companies Citigroup and Merrill Lynch through sovereign-wealth funds.
  • 16 Jan 2008 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Oracle Corp announces it will acquire BEA Systems for US$8.5 billion in cash.
  • 17 Jan 2008 British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777.
  • 18 Jan 2008 Former psychiatric patient Matthew Higa is charged with killing a two-year-old boy by throwing him off a pedestrian overpass and into oncoming traffic on Interstate H-1 in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. (''The Honolulu Advertiser'')
  • 19 Jan 2008 Adolfo Nicolás is elected as the thirtieth Superior General of the Society of Jesus. (BBC News)
  • 20 Jan 2008 NFL playoffs, 2007-08:
  • 21 Jan 2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%.
  • 22 Jan 2008 The U.S. Federal Reserve reduces the federal funds rate by 0.75 points, to 3.5 percent, the largest single drop in 23 years.
  • 23 Jan 2008 At the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York, Virgin Galactic unveils the design of its next generation of space vehicles, named White Knight Two, and SpaceShipTwo, intending to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis next year.
  • 24 Jan 2008 Australia's longest running magazine, ''The Bulletin'', is closing down after almost 130 years of publishing. (ABC News Australia)
  • 25 Jan 2008 In Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino is evacuated due to a fire which engulfed parts of the upper floors, facade and roof before being brought under control.
  • 26 Jan 2008 In South Carolina, USA, the Democratic caucuses choose Barack Obama as candidate for the presidential election on November. The Republican caucuses choose John McCain.
  • 27 Jan 2008 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis: At least nine people are killed in western Kenya, reports say, in violence apparently linked to last month's disputed elections. (BBC News)
  • 28 Jan 2008 In Florida, USA, the Rupublican caucuses choose John McCain as candidate for the presidential election on November. The Democratic caucuses choose Hillary Clinton.
  • 29 Jan 2008 20 civilians including 11 children die and 14 are wounded after a mine explodes targeting a school bus in Madhu, Sri Lanka. (Sunday Times)
  • 30 Jan 2008 United States District Court judge Stanwood Duval dismisses a class action suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding from a levee breach in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. (AP via Google News)
  • 31 Jan 2008 Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for US$44.6 billion: US$31 per share in cash and stock.

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In Bruges

In Bruges

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Country: United States of America

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Country: United States of America

The Chaser

The Chaser

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Hong-jin Na

Starring: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

The Black Balloon

The Black Balloon

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Elissa Down

Starring: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Adam Brooks

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, An Nguyen

Country: United States of America

Books

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The War by Geoffrey C. Ward

The War

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The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES “Both an American tragedy and …

The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan

The Age of Turbulence

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The Age Of Turbulence is Alan Greenspan’s incomparable reckoning with the contemporary financial world, channeled through his own experiences working in the command room of the global economy longer and with greater effect than any other single living figure.

Stone Cold by David Baldacci

Stone Cold

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The #1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with STONE COLD...an unforgetable novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face-to-face with their greatest threat.

Strong At The Broken Places by Richard M. Cohen

Strong At The Broken Places

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The bestselling author of Blindsided, Richard M. Cohen spent three years chronicling the lives of five diverse "citizens of sickness": Denise, who suffers from ALS; Buzz, whose Christian faith helps him