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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2008?


Events

  • 01 Jul 2008 The Starbucks coffee company announces it will close an additional 500 stores in the USA, on top of 100 already announced.
  • 02 Jul 2008 Ingrid Betancourt, and 14 other hostages held by FARC guerrillas, are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
  • 03 Jul 2008 The Pentagon extends the tour of duty of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Afghanistan. (AP via Google News)
  • 04 Jul 2008 A fire sweeps through the Biological Museum at Djurgården in Stockholm, leaving parts of the 115-year-old landmark charred and severely damaged. (Svenska Dagbladet) (Dagens Nyheter)
  • 05 Jul 2008 In rugby union, New Zealand defeat World Cup winners South Africa 19ndash8 in the opening match of the Tri Nations. (''The International Herald Tribune'')
  • 06 Jul 2008 Gunmen kill a United Nations official in Mogadishu as he leaves a mosque and injure two others. (AP via CNN)
  • 07 Jul 2008 Austrian People's Party leader Wilhelm Molterer pulls his party out of the ruling grand coalition, forcing a snap general election. (BBC News)
  • 08 Jul 2008 The United States and the Czech Republic sign an initial agreement to base a United States missile defense system in the Czech Republic. (AP via Google News)
  • 09 Jul 2008 Questioned about conspiratorial ties at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, Ohio, Senator John McCain does not deny he was president of the New Citizenship Project (forerunner of the neo-conservative Project for the New American Century). Instead he states his pride in the 9/11 Commission. (therawstory) (Current.com)
  • 10 Jul 2008 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskoski is acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
  • 11 Jul 2008 Crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange hits a record high of US$147.27 per barrel.
  • 12 Jul 2008 In Monterey, California, Mid America Auctions sells a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer motorcycle for a world record US$520,000 at the Inaugural Monterey Motorcycle Auction.
  • 13 Jul 2008 US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson unveils an emergency plan to save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, mortgage holders of US$5.2 trillion.
  • 14 Jul 2008 Standard & Poor's 500 stock market index has its worst single day fall since its creation in 1989.
  • 15 Jul 2008 The American League takes a 4-3 victory over the National League in the 79th All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The 15th inning game was the longest-ever All-Star game, lasting four hours and 50 minutes.
  • 16 Jul 2008 A train crash near Marsa Matrouh in northern Egypt kills at least 42 people with 40 more injured. (Reuters)
  • 17 Jul 2008 American investment bank Merrill Lynch & Company posts a US$4.89 billion quarterly loss after writing down bad debts, and unveils plans to sell billions of dollars of assets.
  • 18 Jul 2008 Warner Bros. Pictures releases the film The Dark Knight to theaters in the USA and Canada. The film sets a one-day US box office record, generating ticket sales of US$66.4 million on opening day. The opening weekend also sets a record, taking in US$155 million.
  • 19 Jul 2008 In Jammu and Kashmir 10 Indian army soldiers are killed in land mine attack claimed by Hizbul Mujahideen (''Times of India'')
  • 20 Jul 2008 Golfer Pádraig Harrington of Ireland wins his second successive Open Championship (British Open). (AP via Google News)
  • 21 Jul 2008 The Congress of France (the National Assembly and the Senate meeting together) passes a bill that would make major changes to the Constitution of France, with a margin of only one vote this bill is designed to strengthen Parliament, while establishing a two-term presidential term limit and allowing the President to speak before Parliament. (BBC News)
  • 22 Jul 2008 Estelle Getty, actor (Sophia - The Golden Girls, Golden Palace, Nurses, Blossom, and Empty Nest, films Tootsie, Mask, Copacabana, Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot, Stuart Little, Emmy (1988) and Golden Globe (1986) Awards) dies at age 84 in California (born 1923).
  • 23 Jul 2008 Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala submits his resignation to the new President Ram Baran Yadav to pave the way for the forming of new government. (Zee News)
  • 24 Jul 2008 Ford Motor Company of the USA posts a record US$8.7 billion quarterly loss, due to slumping truck and SUV operations.
  • 25 Jul 2008 Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) presents the articles for the impeachment of President George W. Bush to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. (Fox News)
  • 26 Jul 2008 56 people are killed and over 200 people are injured in 21 bomb blasts in Ahmedabad bombing in India.
  • 27 Jul 2008 Seven people are wounded and two killed in a church shooting at a Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tennessee. (WBIR-TV) (MSNBC)
  • 28 Jul 2008 Stack's conducts an auction prior to the ANA convention in Baltimore.
  • 29 Jul 2008 Wall Street investment bank and brokerage company Merrill Lynch reports it will take a US$5.7 billion third-quarter writedown due to risky debt.
  • 30 Jul 2008 Heritage Numismatic Auctions sells a 1944-S steel Lincoln cent graded MS-66 by NGC for US$373,450, a record for any small cent.
  • 31 Jul 2008 The Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger acts to end a budget crisis by firing 22,000 California state workers and cutting the pay of 200,000 more. (BBC)

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Movies

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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Country: United States of America

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Country: United States of America

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Directed by: Kundan Shah

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Die Hard

Die Hard

Directed by: John McTiernan

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Country: United States of America

Akira

Akira

Directed by: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Country: United States of America

Books

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The Shack by William P. Young

The Shack

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Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.

Killer View by Ridley Pearson

Killer View

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When a skier goes missing from a Sun Valley mountaintop, Sheriff Walt Fleming's crack search and rescue team becomes a target.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight

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Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.

Someday Soon by Debbie Macomber

Someday Soon

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Cain McClellan had chosen his lifestyle. He thrived on the challenge, the rush that came with putting his life in incredible danger. No woman, he told himself, could make him feel the way he did after a successful mission—no matter …

Sail by James Patterson, Howard Roughan

Sail

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THE SIZZLING #1 BESTSELLER #1 New York Times #1 Chicago Tribune#1 Washington Post #1 Wall Street Journal#1 USA Today #1 NewsdayAmerica's #1 bestselling thriller writer, James Patterson presents his most suspenseful, explosive tale ever.