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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in September 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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of September 2008?


Events

  • 01 Sep 2008 September 14 – Hurricane Ike makes landfall on Texas as Category 2 and kills 27 in the United States, after killing four in Cuba, one in the Dominican Republic, and 75 in Haiti.
  • 02 Sep 2008 Political crisis in Thailand: Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of Thailand declares a state of emergency in Bangkok.
  • 03 Sep 2008 The CW network in the USA debuts the new 90210 TV Show.
  • 04 Sep 2008 Former United States political lobbyist Jack Abramoff is sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandals. (CBS)
  • 05 Sep 2008 Arizona Senator John McCain is nominated as US Presidential candidate for the Republican party, with Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as vice presidential candidate.
  • 06 Sep 2008 Turkish President Abdullah Gul attends an association football match in Armenia after an invitation by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan; he is the first Turkish head of state to visit the country.
  • 07 Sep 2008 American mortgage companies Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are taken over by the US government, due to their risk to the economy. The two companies account for nearly half of home mortgages in the US. The two firms will be administered by the Federal Housing Finance Agency until their long-term future is decided. Together, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae own or guarantee about US$5.3 trillion of mortgages and have made a combined loss of about US$14 billion in the past year.
  • 08 Sep 2008 The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola wins the 2008 legislative election. (Reuters via ''The New York Times'')
  • 09 Sep 2008 The proton beam is circulated for the first time in the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, located at CERN, near Geneva, under the Franco-Swiss border.
  • 10 Sep 2008 Lehman Brothers investment bank of New York posts a record quarterly loss of US$3.9 billion.
  • 11 Sep 2008 Ayman al-Zawahiri, number two leader of al Qaeda, questions Abu Ayyub al-Masri's ability to lead al Qaeda in Iraq, and accuses that organization's umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq, of lying to the media about its activities. (CNN)
  • 12 Sep 2008 The 2008 Chatsworth train collision in Los Angeles between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train kills 25 people.
  • 13 Sep 2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
  • 14 Sep 2008 (to September 16) The Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Pre-Long Beach auction is held.
  • 15 Sep 2008 158-year-old American investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc files for bankruptcy protection, becoming the largest U.S. bankruptcy. Lehman's assets total about US$639 billion, leveraged by only US$30 billion of equity.
  • 16 Sep 2008 The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announces the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will lend up to US$85 billion to the American International Group, and the U.S. government will receive a 79.9 percent equity interest in AIG.
  • 17 Sep 2008 The emerging 2008 baby milk scandal shows evidence of coverup by officials during the Olympics. (MSNBC)
  • 18 Sep 2008 2008 South Ossetia war:
  • 19 Sep 2008 September 25 – Typhoon Hagupit kills 17 in China, eight in the Philippines, one in Taiwan, and 41 in Vietnam.
  • 20 Sep 2008 A suicide truck bomb explosion destroys the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing at least 60 and injuring 266.
  • 21 Sep 2008 Jose Molina hits the last home run in the 85-year history of Yankee Stadium in New York, to give the New York Yankees a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The stadium will be demolished, replaced by a new US$1.3 billion Yankee Stadium across the way from the exisiting facility.
  • 22 Sep 2008 Microsoft unveils plans to spend US$40 billion buying back its shares from investors, the biggest single buy-back plan in history.
  • 23 Sep 2008 Kauhajoki school shooting: Matti Saari kills 10 people before committing suicide.
  • 24 Sep 2008 TV series Knight Rider debuts in the US.
  • 25 Sep 2008 U.S. regulators seize bank Washington Mutual, the biggest bank failure in the nation's history, and sell its assets to JPMorgan Chase & Company for US$1.9 billion. Washington Mutual was the largest savings and loan bank, with $307 billion of assets and $188 billion of deposits.
  • 26 Sep 2008 Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • 27 Sep 2008 American film actor Paul Newman dies of cancer at age 83, in Connecticut. Some notable films: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Color of Money, (Best Actor Oscar award).
  • 28 Sep 2008 SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
  • 29 Sep 2008 The Dow Jones industrial average posts its largest point decline ever, 778 points, 6.98 percent of total value. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 Index has its worst day since the 1987 crisis with an 8.8 percent drop, or 106.59 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index loses 199.61 points, or 9.14 percent. Latin American stocks tumble 13 percent, their biggest decline in more than a decade. Gold price jumps up, and US crude oil drops $10 to close at US$96.37 per barrel. World stocks, as measured by
  • 30 Sep 2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounds by 485.21 points (4.68 percent), the third largest one-day point gain.

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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Country: United States of America

The Big City

The Big City

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Starring: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Country: United States of America

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Directed by: Henry Selick

Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Country: United States of America

Zaza

Zaza

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Starring: Gloria Swanson, H.B. Warner, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Lucille La Verne

Country: United States of America

Books

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse

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Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour the paperback edition Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her …

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem

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A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The

Hot, Flat, And Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

Hot, Flat, And Crowded

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Businessweek Best Business Book of the Year A Chicago Tribune Best

The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi

The Obama Nation

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From the Publisher: In this thoroughly researched and documented book, the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry explains

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight

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Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.