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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2008?


Events

  • 01 Mar 2008 The 59-acre Aquatica water park opens at Sea World in Orlando, Florida, USA.
  • 02 Mar 2008 A Lufthansa Airbus 320 nearly crashes while landing in Hamburg, Germany due to high winds. The pilot was able to stabilize the plane and successfully landed on the second try. No one was injured. (Stern)
  • 03 Mar 2008 The remains of Padre Pio, the Capuchin monk who died in 1968 after living for decades with inexplicable, bleeding wounds on his hands and feet, are exhumed. (AP via ''International Herald Tribune'')
  • 04 Mar 2008 Brett Favre, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers announces his retirement from the NFL after 17 years.
  • 05 Mar 2008 The first plenary session of the 11th National People's Congress begins in China. Premier Wen Jiabao delivers the last annual government report in his first term of office. (Xinhua)
  • 06 Mar 2008 A Palestinian gunman shoots and kills 8 students and critically injures 11 in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 07 Mar 2008 A dozen tornadoes cause much damage in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Cars are flipped, trees and power poles knocked down, homes and businesses damaged, and two people are killed.
  • 08 Mar 2008 Debut of The Spectacular Spider-Man on TV in the US and Canada.
  • 09 Mar 2008 Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt says that Kosovo may become a European Union member state even if it is not a member of the United Nations. (Xinhua News Agency)
  • 10 Mar 2008 The New York Times reveals that Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer had patronized a prostitution service.
  • 11 Mar 2008 The US Federal Reserve promises to lend up to US$200 billion of Treasury bonds on a monthly basis with mortgage-backed securities as collateral.
  • 12 Mar 2008 Oil hits a record US$110 per barrel.
  • 13 Mar 2008 The US dollar drops below 100 Japanese yen for the first time in 12 years, and gold rises to US$1000 per ounce.
  • 14 Mar 2008 A series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupted in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
  • 15 Mar 2008 Wales achieve the Grand Slam by beating France 29-12 in the final match of Rugby Union's 2008 RBS Six Nations. (BBC News)
  • 16 Mar 2008 American investment bank Bear Stearns, 5th largest on Wall Street, is bought by JP Morgan Chase for $2 per share, a total of $236 million. In mid-2006, Bear Stearns was worth $200 per share. The Federal Reserve also provides a US$30 billion loan, and announces it will directly loan to other investment banks and brokers.
  • 17 Mar 2008 The US dollar hits an all-time low of US$1.59 to the euro.
  • 18 Mar 2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes 420 points higher than the previous day.
  • 19 Mar 2008 GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed.
  • 20 Mar 2008 Yves Leterme is sworn in as Prime Minister of Belgium. (''The Guardian'')
  • 21 Mar 2008 A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits western China. (AP via Google News)
  • 22 Mar 2008 Magdi Allam, the most prominent Muslim in Italy, converts to Catholicism and is baptized by Pope Benedict XVI. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 23 Mar 2008 US soldier death toll in the Iraq war reaches 4000, after five years of fighting.
  • 24 Mar 2008 In Iowa City, Iowa, USA, former bank executive Steven Sueppel, facing trial for embezzlement, beats to death his wife Sheryl Sueppel and the couple's four adopted children, then kills himself by ramming his car into a highway sign post.
  • 25 Mar 2008 Liechtenstein recognizes Kosovo as an independent state. (Government of Liechtenstein)
  • 26 Mar 2008 Advanced Micro Devices unveils the "Phenom" microprocessor for desktop personal computers.
  • 27 Mar 2008 2008 Mahdi Army revolt: Iraqi authorities impose a curfew until Sunday in a bid to stop clashes with Shiite militants. (AFP via France 24)
  • 28 Mar 2008 Norway and South Korea recognize Kosovo as an independent state. (Government of Norway) (Government of South Korea)
  • 29 Mar 2008 Thirty-five countries and over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time.
  • 30 Mar 2008 WrestleMania XXIV takes place from the Citrus Bowl with an all-time attendance record for the stadium at over 70,000 people.
  • 31 Mar 2008 One of Mexico's most prolific serial killers, Juana Barraza, nicknamed the ''Mataviejitas'' (Little Old Lady Killer), receives multiple life sentences for the murders of at least 11 women. (BBC News)

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Movies

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Keith

Keith

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Todd Kessler

Starring: Elisabeth Harnois, Jesse McCartney, Margo Harshman, Ignacio Serricchio

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Mila Kunis

Country: United States of America

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The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Neil Burger

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagan

Were the World Mine

Were the World Mine

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Tom Gustafson

Starring: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams

Street Kings

Street Kings

Release year: 2008

Directed by: David Ayer

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Books

Which were the most popular books released in March 2008?
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Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Remember Me?

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When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton.

The Monsters Of Templeton by Lauren Groff

The Monsters Of Templeton

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In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in storybook Templeton, New York, looking to hide

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.

Lush Life by Richard Price

Lush Life

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A National BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of the YearLush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, it's

Another Thing To Fall by Laura Lippman

Another Thing To Fall

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When Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she never expects to be hired on to serve as bodyguard/babysitter to the