June 2008 calendar

June 2008

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of June 2008?


  • 01 Jun 2008 A large fire ravages a theme park at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, destroying a King Kong attraction and a set from the film Back to the Future. Over 300 firefighters fought the blaze.
  • 02 Jun 2008 The US Mint releases the 2008 Arizona state quarter-dollar coin to circulation. The reverse design of the Grand Canyon and a saguaro cactus was created by US Mint Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna.
  • 03 Jun 2008 US Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama wins the support of a group of uncommitted delegates, giving him more than the required 2118 to win the party's nomination.
  • 04 Jun 2008 The Detroit Red Wings win the NHL's Stanley Cup in a 3-2 Game Six win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • 05 Jun 2008 Verizon Wireless announces it would buy mobile phone service provider Alltel for US$28.1 billion.
  • 06 Jun 2008 After five years of searching, the Caribbean Monk Seal is declared officially extinct (MSNBC)
  • 07 Jun 2008 US Senator Hillary Clinton suspends her campaign to become the Democratic nominee for US president, and asks her supporters to help elect Barack Obama.
  • 08 Jun 2008 The Akihabara massacre takes place in the Akihabara shopping quarter in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tomohiro Kato drives a two-ton truck into a crowd before leaving the truck and attacking people with a knife.
  • 09 Jun 2008 In the town of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, Lake Delton drains as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.
  • 10 Jun 2008 Fire engulfs Sudan Airways Flight 109 after it lands in Khartoum, killing 44.
  • 11 Jun 2008 Kosovo adopts a national anthem named "Europe"; composed by Mendi Menxhiqi, it comes without lyrics in any language to avoid offending the newly independent state's Serbian minority. (International Herald Tribune) (B-92)
  • 12 Jun 2008 Representative Ron Paul of Texas withdraws his candidacy for President of the US.
  • 13 Jun 2008 The Chamber of Deputies of Haiti rejects Robert Manuel, who was the second nominee for the post of prime minister after Jacques-Édouard Alexis resigned in April 2008. (AP via Google News)
  • 14 Jun 2008 The space shuttle Discovery returns to Earth after a 14-day mission, landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Among the returning is Garrett Reisman, after 95 days in space.
  • 15 Jun 2008 In New York City, the Tony Awards are presented. Lifetime achievement award: Stephen Sondheim.
  • 16 Jun 2008 California performs its first legally recognized same-sex weddings.
  • 17 Jun 2008 The Boston Celtics win a record 17th NBA championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 in Game Six.
  • 18 Jun 2008 Brazil celebrates the 100th year of the Japanese Immigration. (Folha Online)
  • 19 Jun 2008 The President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez threatens to stop selling oil to European countries who apply new European Union legislation on illegal immigration. (Reuters)
  • 20 Jun 2008 The Janus-2 satellite is launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, atop a Delta-2 rocket. The satellite will be used for measuring the shape of the world's oceans.
  • 21 Jun 2008 France and Algeria sign an agreement that could lead to French nuclear power technology being employed in Algerian reactors. (BBC News)
  • 22 Jun 2008 American comedian George Carlin dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California, at age 71.
  • 23 Jun 2008 Malaysia releases Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, a leading business associate of Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan. (BBC News)
  • 24 Jun 2008 Representing Pope Benedict XVI, Colombian Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos is pressing the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X to accept five conditions, including respect for the pope and his authority, as part of a reconciliation offer. (CNS) (Catholic World News) (The New Liturgical Movement)
  • 25 Jun 2008 EU's representative in Kosovo Pieter Feith says he expects Montenegro will recognize Kosovo's unilateral independence ampquotas soon as possibleampquot, as it would ampquotcontribute to regional stabilityampquot. (B92)
  • 26 Jun 2008 Shares of General Motors Corporation drop to their lowest level since 1955, after Goldman Sachs gives the stock a "sell" rating.
  • 27 Jun 2008 Company founder Bill Gates leaves his full-time executive role at Microsoft, to focus on his philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • 28 Jun 2008 The state government of India's Jammu and Kashmir has rebuked the decision to transfer forested land to Amarnath shrine following wide protests across the state. (BBC News)
  • 29 Jun 2008 A ship arrives in North Korea carrying food aid from the United States as part of a deal between North Korea, the US and the United Nations. (CNN)
  • 30 Jun 2008 US President George Bush signs a US$162 billion war spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander


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Home by Julie Andrews



"A frank, intriguing memoir."--People "Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos." --The New York Times Book Review "Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class

The Last Campaign by Thurston Clarke

The Last Campaign


The definitive account of Robert Kennedy’s exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president—a revelatory history that is especially resonant nowAfter John F.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames


"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture


A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth


“A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.”