November 2008 calendar

November 2008

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 2008?


  • 01 Nov 2008 24 Vietnamese are killed by floods, including 11 from the central province Nghe An.
  • 02 Nov 2008 Felipe Massa loses the 2008 Formula One Drivers Championship to Lewis Hamilton, who wins the title of youngest Formula One World Champion and the first black Formula One driver's championship.
  • 03 Nov 2008 Circuit City Stores, a U.S. electronics retailer, begins liquidation sales in 155 of its stores to leave it with 566 U.S. shops.
  • 04 Nov 2008 California approves a ban on gay marriage in the constitution
  • 05 Nov 2008 Michael Crichton, best-selling author (The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park), dies in Los Angeles, at the age of 66, from complications caused by cancer.
  • 06 Nov 2008 Lindsay Roy, of the Scottish Labour Party, wins the Glenrothes By-election, despite fears that his party might lose the seat to The Scottish National Party.
  • 07 Nov 2008 Hurricane Paloma increases to Category 2 strength after it batters the Cayman Islands.
  • 08 Nov 2008 Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, meets with African leaders in order to resolve the ongoing Kivu conflict within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 09 Nov 2008 In the largest ever seizure of cocaine in Ireland's history, a total of EUR750million was seized from the Irish coast.
  • 10 Nov 2008 Circuit City Stores, the second-largest U.S. retailer of consumer electronics, files for bankruptcy protection.
  • 11 Nov 2008 RMS Queen Elizabeth 2(QE2) sails on her last voyage to Dubai.
  • 12 Nov 2008 The US Treasury has decided not to use Troubled Asset Relief Program money to purchase mortgage-backed securities but to instead inject cash directly into select banks.
  • 13 Nov 2008 Blizzard Entertainment has released the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack for the popular computer game MMORPG World of Warcraft.
  • 14 Nov 2008 NASA launches Endeavour from Florida to continue construction on the International Space Station.
  • 15 Nov 2008 Washington, D.C. - The first ever economic summit was held by the leaders of the G20 nations, which account for 90 percent of the global GDP.
  • 16 Nov 2008 The Iraqi cabinet approves a withdrawal plan for American troops to be evacuated from Iraqi cities and villages by June 2009 and then by 2011.
  • 17 Nov 2008 Citigroup will reduce 75,000 jobs in the first half of 2009.
  • 18 Nov 2008 To request financial assistance, the heads of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler appear before a Senate Banking Committee.
  • 19 Nov 2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average is below 8000.
  • 20 Nov 2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen to its lowest level since 1997, after the US financial system suffered critical failures.
  • 21 Nov 2008 Financial crises in Russia and the world:
  • 22 Nov 2008 Colombia's government confirms that there have been at least 10 deaths from the recent eruption of Nevado del Huila (a volcano in southern Colombia) and 12,000 people evacuated.
  • 23 Nov 2008 Citigroup Inc is saved by the United States government. The bank will accept losses of approximately $250 billion and invest $20 billion in new capital.
  • 24 Nov 2008 Greenland has a referendum to gain more autonomy from Denmark. Over 75% voted in favor.
  • 25 Nov 2008 The US Federal Reserve announced that it will purchase up to US$100 Billion of debt from mortgage companies and up to US$500 Billion of mortgage securities.
  • 26 Nov 2008 Fireworks are used to launch the first of many attacks against Mumbai, India. These ten coordinated attacks, carried out by terrorists from Pakistan, kill 166 people and injure over 300 others in Mumbai.
  • 27 Nov 2008 QE2, the longest-serving Ocean Liner in history is now retired.
  • 28 Nov 2008 An investigation into the murder of Brahim Deby (a son of President Chad Idriss deby) has led to five arrests in France and Romania.
  • 29 Nov 2008 Jos, Nigeria: Riots kill 381, injure at most 300.
  • 30 Nov 2008 After a 16-day mission, Endeavour was able to land in California.
  • 02 Nov 2008 Lewis Hamilton secured his maiden Formula One Drivers' Championship Title by one point ahead of Felipe Massa at the Brazilian Grand Prix, after a pass for fifth place against the Toyota of Timo Glock on the final lap of the race.[40]
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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in November 2008?

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini



The Inheritance Cycle, a New York Times bestseller about the dragon rider Eragon, is a must-read for Lord of the Rings fans. It has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and is a global fantasy sensation. You can find …

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré

A Most Wanted Man


A major movie starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams stars Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright - the acclaimed bestseller about spies in "The War on Terror"

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer



Isabella Swan moved to Forks in Washington. It was a small and rainy place. Isabella's life changes dramatically when she meets Edward Cullen.

The Pirate King by R. A. Salvatore

The Pirate King


The New York Times bestseller now available in mass-market paperback! Captain Deudermont has set sail to Luskan, a pirate city, on a mission -- a mission to defeat the entire fleet.

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

A Mercy


National BestsellerOne the New York Times 10 Best Books for the YearIn 1680s, the slave trade in America was still very young.