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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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Movies

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Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Country: United States of America

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Ip Man

Ip Man

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Country: United States of America

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Release year: 2008

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Country: United States of America

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The Reader

The Reader

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Country: United States of America

Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Darnell Martin

Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Columbus Short

Books

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Buyology by Martin Lindstrom

Buyology

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How much do we know about why we buy? What truly influences our decisions in today's message-cluttered world? An eye-grabbing advertisement, a catchy slogan, an infectious jingle?

Bones by Jonathan Kellerman

Bones

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When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People).

A Good Woman by Danielle Steel

A Good Woman

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Nineteen-year-old Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege, but everything changed on an April day in 1912, when the sinking of the Titanic shattered her family and

Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman

Against Medical Advice

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Now available in trade paperback, this is the heart-rending drama of one family's courage, heartbreak, sacrifice, and triumph in confronting an agonizing medical condition, written by two master storytellers.

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