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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 2008?


Events

  • 01 Nov 2008 Floods kill 24 people in Vietnam including 11 in the central province of Nghe An. (BBC News)
  • 02 Nov 2008 Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 Formula One Drivers' Championship, beating Felipe Massa by one point to become the youngest and first black Formula One World Champion in history. (Sky News)
  • 03 Nov 2008 U.S. electronics retailer Circuit City Stores begins liquidation sales at 155 of its stores, to leave it with 566 U.S. stores.
  • 04 Nov 2008 California votes to approve a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
  • 05 Nov 2008 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, TV show ER) dies in Los Angeles at age 66 from cancer.
  • 06 Nov 2008 Lindsay Roy of the Scottish Labour Party wins the Glenrothes by-election despite concerns that his party may lose the seat to the Scottish National Party. (BBC News)
  • 07 Nov 2008 Hurricane Paloma strengthens to Category 2 strength as it lashes the Cayman Islands. (AFP via Google News)
  • 08 Nov 2008 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with African leaders to discuss resolutions to the ongoing Kivu conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (CNN)
  • 09 Nov 2008 A total of €750 million of cocaine is seized off the coast of Ireland, in the largest such seizure in the country's history. (''The Sunday Business Post'')
  • 10 Nov 2008 Circuit City Stores, second-largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, files for bankruptcy protection.
  • 11 Nov 2008 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai.
  • 12 Nov 2008 The US Treasury decides not to use money of the Troubled Asset Relief Program to buy mortgage-backed securities, but instead to directly inject cash into selected banks.
  • 13 Nov 2008 Blizzard Entertainment launched the latest expansion pack to the highly popular computer game MMORPG World of Warcraft, entitled Wrath of the Lich King.
  • 14 Nov 2008 From Florida, NASA launches the space shuttle Endeavour, to continue construction of the International Space Station.
  • 15 Nov 2008 In Washington, D.C., leaders of the "G20" nations, representing 90 percent of global GDP, meet for an economic summit, for the first time ever.
  • 16 Nov 2008 Iraqi cabinet approves a withdrawal agreement for American troops to leave Iraqi cities and towns by the end of June 2009, and the country by the end of 2011.
  • 17 Nov 2008 Citigroup will cut 75,000 jobs by early 2009. (BBC News)
  • 18 Nov 2008 Heads of automakers General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler appear before a Senate banking committee to ask for financial assistance.
  • 19 Nov 2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls below 8000.
  • 20 Nov 2008 After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • 21 Nov 2008 Global and Russian financial crises:
  • 22 Nov 2008 The government of Colombia confirms that the eruption of Nevado del Huila, a volcano in southern Colombia, has led to at least 10 deaths in recent days and the evacuation of 12,000 people. (BBC)
  • 23 Nov 2008 The U.S government rescues Citigroup Inc, agreeing to assume losses on about $250 billion of the bank's risky assets, and inject new capital of $20 billion.
  • 24 Nov 2008 Greenland holds a referendum for increased autonomy from Denmark. The vote is over 75% in favour.
  • 25 Nov 2008 The US Federal Reserve announces it will buy up to US$100 billion of debt issued by mortgage enterprises, and it will also buy up to US$500 billion of mortgage securities.
  • 26 Nov 2008 The first of many attacks on Mumbai, India are fired. These ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 166 and injure more than 300 people in Mumbai.
  • 27 Nov 2008 The longest serving Ocean Liner in history, QE2 is retired from service.
  • 28 Nov 2008 Five people are arrested in France and Romania as a result of an investigation into the killing of Brahim Deby, a son of the President of Chad Idriss Deby. (AP via Google News)
  • 29 Nov 2008 Riots in Jos, Nigeria, kill 381, and injure at least 300.
  • 30 Nov 2008 The space shuttle Endeavour lands in California after a 16-day mission to renovate parts of the International Space Station.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Country: United States of America

Schindler's List

Schindler's List

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Country: United States of America

Oldboy

Oldboy

Directed by: Chan-wook Park

Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Country: United States of America

Scarface

Scarface

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Country: United States of America

Ardh Satya

Ardh Satya

Directed by: Govind Nihalani

Starring: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

Books

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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr

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Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. With

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel, the first in Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millenium series featuring Lisbeth Salander.

Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn

Extreme Measures

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The pulse-pounding thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn features counterterrorism hero Mitch Rapp as he wages a war against a new enemy with the help of a

Millennium Falcon by James Luceno

Millennium Falcon

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Climb aboard, buckle up, and prepare to jump to hyperspace for a dazzling adventure aboard the ship that launched a thousand fates.Two

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

Dreams From My Father

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In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American.