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2008 (MMVIII) was a leap year that started on a Tuesday. In the Gregorian calendar, it was the 2008th year of the Common Era or of Anno Domini; the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 9th of the 2000s.

Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century21st century22nd century
Decades: 1970s  1980s  1990s  – 2000s –  2010s  2020s  2030s
Years: 2005 2006 200720082009 2010 2011
2008 by topic:
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Events

January

January 2008
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First-ever photograph of the "unseen side" of Mercury, taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft on January 14

February

February 2008
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April

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May

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An earthquake in Sichuan, China killed nearly 80,000 people

June

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July

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34th G8 summit heads of delegations in Tōyako, Japan

August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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Deaths

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Awards

Nobel Prizes

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Major religious holidays

2008 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2008
MMVIII
Ab urbe condita 2761
Armenian calendar 1457
ԹՎ ՌՆԾԷ
Bahá'í calendar 164 – 165
Bengali calendar 1415
Berber calendar 2958
Buddhist calendar 2552
Burmese calendar 1370
Byzantine calendar 7516 – 7517
Chinese calendar 丁亥年十一月廿三日
(4644/4704-11-23)
— to —
戊子年十二月初五日
(4645/4705-12-5)
Coptic calendar 1724 – 1725
Ethiopian calendar 2000 – 2001
Hebrew calendar 57685769
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2063 – 2064
 - Shaka Samvat 1930 – 1931
 - Kali Yuga 5109 – 5110
Holocene calendar 12008
Iranian calendar 1386 – 1387
Islamic calendar 1428 – 1430
Japanese calendar Heisei 20
(平成20年)
Korean calendar 4341
Thai solar calendar 2551
Unix time 1199145600 – 1230767999

2008 in fiction

Books

  • Isaac Asimov's 1955 short story Franchise takes place in 2008, the premise being that the U.S. president will be selected by a computer program looking for the "most representative citizen".
  • John Barnes, Mother of Storms (1995) begins with a 2008 UN resolution barring any nation from acquiring nuclear weapons after June 1, 2008, subject to penalty of preemptive strike.
  • Gregory Benford's books The Jupiter War and The Threads of Time are set in 2008.
  • The Galactic Milieu Series by Julian May features Earth's first contact with an alien race on June 20, 2008.
  • Ian McDonald's "Chaga Saga" (Evolution's Shore and Kirinya) begins with the March 13, 2008 impact arrival of the plant form Chaga from outer space.
  • Alan E. Nourse's 1957 book Rocket to Limbo begins with the March 3, 2008 launch of the starship Argonaut on a centuries-long trip to Alpha Centauri.
  • The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle postulates that faster-than-light travel is perfected in 2008.
  • The Next War, a controversial 1996 novel about the post-Soviet era, co-authored by former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, looks at a possible 2008 nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia.

Computer and video games

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Film

Set in 2008:

Television

  • The events of the Macross Zero OVA take place in 2008.
  • Doraemon: According to the original manga story, a time machine will be invented in 2008.
  • The Future Boy Conan anime (1978) story begins in July 2008, when a war results in five continents sinking into the sea.
  • According to the Futurama episode "Space Pilot 3000", Stop 'N Drop suicide booths are claimed to have been "America's Favorite" since 2008. Whether this is the use of an advertising hyperbole to indicate that they were introduced in 2008, or that they gained a plurality of market share in 2008 is not concluded.
  • Dawson's Creek (2003 series finale): The characters meet once again. Dawson, now 25, is the creator of a television series, The Creek, based on his life.[160]
  • The 2007 series of Doctor Who: Present time (such as "Smith and Jones") is primarily set in 2008.
  • Heroes: A possible future shown in Out of Time features the Shanti virus killing about 93% of the world's population by 2008.

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  120. ^ Kaupthing Bank, Press release: Kaupthing Bank turns to the Icelandic FSA (2008.10.09)
  121. ^ The Financial Supervisory Authority – Iceland, News: Based on New Legislation, the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority (IFSA) Proceeds to take Control of Landsbanki to ensure Continued Commercial Bank Operations in Iceland (07.10.2008)
  122. ^ Landsbanki Íslands, Press release: Landsbanki's Operations Continued Under Unchanged Management (October 07, 2008)
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  124. ^ Glitnir Bank, News: Glitnir's Operations Continued – Lárus Welding to continue as CEO (08.10.2008)
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  128. ^ "Final LHC Synchronization Test a Success". http://lhc-first-beam.web.cern.ch/lhc%2Dfirst%2Dbeam/News/FinalLHCsyncTest.html. 
  129. ^ "Large Hadron Collider: thirteen ways to change the world". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/16/sciwriters116.xml. 
  130. ^ "India launches first Moon mission". BBC News. 22 October 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7679818.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  131. ^ "Chandrayaan-1". http://planetary.org/explore/topics/space_missions/chandrayaan_1/. 
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  138. ^ "QE2 To Leave Cunard Fleet And Be Sold To Dubai World To Begin A New Life At The Palm". http://cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=6656&Active=News. 
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  140. ^ "NASA's Shuttle and Rocket Missions". http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html. 
  141. ^ "FWindpipe transplant breakthrough". BBC News. 2008-11-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7735696.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  142. ^ "Greenland votes for more autonomy". BBC News. 2008-11-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7749427.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
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Year 2008

Duke Nukem Forever is now in it's 11th year of production and is expected to be released this year.

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NPD top selling games for 2008

  1. Wii Play (Wii) - 5,280,000
  2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 5,000,000
  3. Wii Fit (Wii) - 4,530,000
  4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) - 4,170,000
  5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360) - 3,290,000
  6. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360) - 2,750,000
  7. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360) - 2,310,000
  8. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 1,890,000
  9. Madden NFL 09 (XBox 360) - 1,870,000
  10. Mario Kart DS (DS) - 1,650,000

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2008 will another great year for genealogists. More original records or indexes expected to come online, not all requiring payment to view.

People of the year 2008 at Familypedia

1 people were born in 2008

Father Mother Age mother at birth
Meabh A.M. Tol (2008-) Richard S.J. Tol (1969-) Julie Anne Stokes (?-)

0 children were born to the 1 women born in 2008

4 people died in 2008

Father Mother Age at death
Doris McClish (1932) Marvin J. McClish Ava Iona McClish 7676
Madelyn Lee Payne (1922-2008) Rolla Charles Payne (1892-1968) Leona McCurry (1897-aft1930) 8686
Pauline Potter (1915-2008) Raymond Potter (1886-1966) Nora Anthony (1893-?) 9393
Milton F. Weide (1915-2008) August Gottfried Weide I (1881-?) Rose K. Blaich (1882-?) 9393


7 people lived in 2008

Father Mother
Hazel Viola Gore (1927-2009) Jesse Lee Gore (1893-1959) Alice Pauline Zehnder (1895-1982)
Dorothy Jean Griswold (1928-2009) Louis Thomas Opal Meece Thomas
Eldon Sebastian Kozaks (1984- 2109) Brent Eugene Johnston Lori Kay Denison
Doris McClish (1932) Marvin J. McClish Ava Iona McClish
Madelyn Lee Payne (1922-2008) Rolla Charles Payne (1892-1968) Leona McCurry (1897-aft1930)
Pauline Potter (1915-2008) Raymond Potter (1886-1966) Nora Anthony (1893-?)
Milton F. Weide (1915-2008) August Gottfried Weide I (1881-?) Rose K. Blaich (1882-?)

Events of the year 2008 at Familypedia

1 people were married in 2008.

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There were 0 military battles in 2008.

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Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century - 21st century - 22nd century
Decades: 1970s  1980s  1990s  - 2000s -  2010s  2020s  2030s
Years: 2005 2006 2007 - 2008 - 2009 2010 2011

2008 (MMVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Christian or Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.

Contents

Events

January

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First-ever photograph of the "unseen side" of Mercury, taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft on January 14
  • January 1Cyprus and Malta adopt the euro.[1][2]
  • January 1 – A suicide bombing occurs in Zayouna, Baghdad, killing over 25 people during a funeral over the deaths from the preceding attack.[3]
  • January 2 – The price of petroleum hits $100 per barrel for the first time.
  • January 3 – A car bomb detonates, killing at least 4 and injuring 68, in Diyarbakır, Turkey. Police blame Kurdish rebels.[4]
  • January 8 – An attempted assassination of Maldivian president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is thwarted after a Boy Scout grabs the attacker's knife. The Boy Scout is injured, but after a scuffle police arrest the attacker.[5]
  • January 12 – A Macedonian Army Mil Mi-17 helicopter crashes in thick fog southeast of Skopje, killing all 11 military personnel on board.[6]
  • January 14 – At 19:04:39 UTC, the MESSENGER space probe is at its closest approach during its first flyby of the planet Mercury.[7]
  • January 15 – The Federal Court of Australia orders a Japanese whaling company to stop research whaling within their Exclusive Economic Zone.[8]
  • January 21 – Stock markets around the world plunge amid growing fears of a U.S. recession, fueled by the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis.[9]
  • January 22Russia stages the largest naval exercise since the fall of the Soviet Union in the Bay of Biscay. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, along with 11 support vessels and 47 long-range bomber aircraft, practises strike tactics off the coast of France and Spain, and test-launches nuclear-capable missiles in foreign waters.[10]
  • January 23 – Polish Air Force EADS CASA C-295 crashes on approach to the 12th Air Base near Mirosławiec. All 20 personnel on board die.[11]
  • January 23 – Thousands of Palestinians cross into Egypt, as the border wall with Gaza in Rafah is blown up by militants.[12]
  • January 24 – A peace deal ends the Kivu war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[13]
  • January 25China's worst snowstorm since 1954 kills 133, delays traffic, and causes massive power outages in central and southern parts of the country.[14]
  • January 29Iran's judiciary sentences to prison 54 Bahá'í Faith followers for 'anti-regime propaganda'.[15][16]

February

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An earthquake in Sichuan, China killed nearly 80,000 people

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34th G8 summit heads of delegations in Tōyako, Japan
  • July 2 – Íngrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages are rescued from FARC by Colombian security forces.
  • July 7 – A suicide-bomber drives an explosives-laden automobile into the front gates of the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 58 and injuring over 150.
  • July 79 – The 34th G8 summit is held in Tōyako, Hokkaidō, Japan.
  • July 10 – Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges, by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
  • July 1520 – World Youth Day takes place in Sydney, Australia. Pope Benedict XVI appears at the event.[56]
  • July 21 – Radovan Karadžić, the first president of the Republika Srpska, is arrested in Belgrade, Serbia on allegations of war crimes, following a 12-year long manhunt.[57]
  • July 22 – The United Progressive Alliance-led government in India survives a crucial no-confidence vote, based on disagreements between the Indian National Congress and Left Front, over the Indo-US nuclear deal.
  • July 23 – Ram Baran Yadav is sworn in as the first President of Nepal.[58]
  • July 25 – A series of seven bomb blasts rock Bangalore, India, killing two and injuring 20; the next day, a series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, kills 45 and injures over 160 people.
  • July 27 – At least 17 are killed and over 154 wounded in 2 blasts in Istanbul.
  • July 28 – At least 48 are dead and over 287 injured after bombs explode in Baghdad and Kirkuk, Iraq.[59][60]

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  • December 1 – A triangular conjunction formed by a new Moon, Venus and Jupiter is a prominent object in the evening sky.[136]
  • December 2 – Political crisis in Thailand: After weeks of opposition-led protests, the Constitutional Court of Thailand dissolves the governing People's Power Party and two coalition member parties, and bans leaders of the parties, including Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, from politics for five years. As such, Wongsawat promptly resigns and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Chaovarat Chanweerakul as caretaker Prime Minister.[137]
  • December 3 – The Convention on Cluster Munitions opens for signature in Oslo.[53]
  • December 4 – Political crisis in Canada: Governor General Michaëlle Jean grants the request of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue Parliament until January 26, 2009, averting a motion of no-confidence by the new opposition coalition led by the Leader of the Opposition Stéphane Dion, and the New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, with Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe as a coalition partner.[138]
  • December 5 – Human remains found in 1991 are identified as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, using DNA analysis.[139]
  • December 6 – Riots spread across Greece after a 15-year-old boy is shot dead by a special guard of the Greek Police.[140]
  • December 10 – The Channel Island of Sark, a British crown dependency, holds its first fully democratic elections under a new constitutional arrangement, becoming the last European territory to abolish feudalism.[141]
  • December 12Switzerland becomes the 25th European country to join the Schengen Agreement, whereby cross-border passport checks will be abolished.[142]
  • December 12 – The Moon moves into its nearest point to Earth, called perigee, at the same time as its fullest phase of the Lunar Cycle. The Moon appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the year's other full moons. The next time these two events coincide will be in 2016.[143]
  • December 16 – Ruins of an ancient Wari city are discovered in northern Peru.
  • December 18 – The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda convicts Théoneste Bagosora and two other senior Rwandan army officers of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentences them to life imprisonment.[144]
  • December 21 – Gwadar port, Pakistan becomes fully operational.[145]
  • December 23 – A military coup d'état is announced in Guinea shortly after the death of long-time President Lansana Conté.[146]
  • December 27 – Israel initiates a series of airstrikes followed by an invasion in Gaza Strip, killing at least 1300 (including at least 416 children)[147] and wounding over 2,700.
  • December 29Bangladesh holds its general elections after two years of political unrest over the interim government.[148]
  • December 31 – An extra leap second (23:59:60) is added to end the year. The last time this occurred was in 2005.

Deaths

January

[[File:|thumb|120px|Edmund Hillary]]

February

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Janez Drnovšek

March

  • March 1 – Raúl Reyes, Colombian guerrilla (b. 1948)
  • March 2 – Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • March 3 – Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor (b. 1921)
  • March 3 – Norman Smith, English singer and record producer (b. 1923)
  • March 4Gary Gygax, American writer and game designer (b. 1938)
  • March 6 – Peter Poreku Dery, Ghanaian cardinal (b. 1918)
  • March 5 – Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American author and computer scientist (b. 1923)
  • March 14 – Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist (b. 1920)
  • March 18 – Anthony Minghella, English film director and screenwriter (b. 1954)
  • March 19Arthur C. Clarke, English author, inventor, and futurist (b. 1917)
  • March 19 – Hugo Claus, Flemish writer, painter and film director (b. 1929)

[[File:|thumb|120px|Manuel Marulanda]]

April

May

  • May 1 – Anthony Mamo, 1st President of Malta (b. 1909)
  • May 2 – Philipp von Boeselager, German military officer (b. 1917)
  • May 3 – Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish Prime Minister of (b. 1926)
  • May 8 – François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (b. 1982)
  • May 10 – Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 12 – Robert Rauschenberg, American pop artist (b. 1925)
  • May 12 – Irena Sendler, Polish humanitarian (b. 1910)
  • May 13 – Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • May 13 – Bernardin Gantin, Beninese cardinal (b. 1922)
  • May 15 – Willis Lamb, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  • May 23 – Cornell Capa, Hungarian-American photographer (b. 1918)
  • May 24 – Rob Knox, British actor (b. 1989)
  • May 26 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1934)
  • May 28 – Sven Davidson, Swedish tennis player (b. 1928)
  • May 29Luc Bourdon, Canadian Hockey player (b. 1987)

June

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Chinghiz Aitmatov
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Võ Văn Kiệt
  • June 1 – Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)
  • June 1 – Tommy Lapid, Israeli television presenter, journalist, and politician (b. 1931)
  • June 2Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • June 3 – Mel Ferrer, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1917)
  • June 4 – Agata Mróz-Olszewska, Polish volleyball player (b. 1982)
  • June 7 – Dino Risi, Italian director (b. 1916)
  • June 8 – Šaban Bajramović, Serbian musician (b. 1936)
  • June 9 – Algis Budrys, Lithuanian-American science fiction writer (b. 1931)
  • June 9 – Karen Asrian, Armenian chess grandmaster (b. 1980)
  • June 10 – Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani writer (b. 1928)
  • June 11 – Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1939)
  • June 11 – Võ Văn Kiệt, Vietnamese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • June 13 – Tim Russert, American journalist (b. 1950)
  • June 15 – Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist (b. 1946)
  • June 17 – Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (b. 1922)
  • June 18 – Jean Delannoy, French film director (b. 1908)
  • June 22George Carlin, American author, actor, and comedian (b. 1937)
  • June 23 – Arthur Chung, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
  • June 24Leonid Hurwicz, American economist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • June 27 – Sam Manekshaw, Field Marshall of Indian Army (b.1914)
  • June 28 – Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b. 1987)
  • June 29 – Don S. Davis, American actor (b. 1942)

July

[[File:|thumb|right|120px|Jesse Helms]]

August

September

October

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November

December

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Freddie Hubbard

Awards

Nobel Prizes

Major religious holidays

2008 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar2008
Ab urbe condita2761
Chinese calendar4644 – 4645
Hebrew calendar5767 – 5768
Hindu calendars
Vikram Samvat
Shaka Samvat
Kali Yuga

2063 – 2064
1930 – 1931
5109 – 5110
Iranian calendar1386 – 1387
Islamic calendar1428 – 1429
Runic calendar2258

2008 in fiction

Books

  • Isaac Asimov's 1955 short story Franchise takes place in 2008, the premise being that the U.S. president will be selected by a computer program looking for the "most representative citizen".
  • John Barnes, Mother of Storms (1995) begins with a 2008 UN resolution barring any nation from acquiring nuclear weapons after June 1, 2008, subject to penalty of preemptive strike.
  • Gregory Benford's books The Jupiter War and The Threads of Time are set in 2008.
  • The Galactic Milieu Series by Julian May features Earth's first contact with an alien race on June 20, 2008.
  • Ian McDonald's "Chaga Saga" (Evolution's Shore and Kirinya) begins with the March 13, 2008 impact arrival of the plant form Chaga from outer space.
  • Alan E. Nourse's 1957 book Rocket to Limbo begins with the March 3, 2008 launch of the starship Argonaut on a centuries-long trip to Alpha Centauri.
  • The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle postulates that faster-than-light travel is perfected in 2008.
  • The Next War, a controversial 1996 novel about the post-Soviet era, co-authored by former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, looks at a possible 2008 nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia.

Computer and video games

Set in 2008:

  • Mega Man (1987)
  • Twisted Metal III[needs proof] (1998)
  • Ghost Recon (2001): Russia attempts to reunite the Soviet Union and invades several Eastern European countries. The UN intervenes with peacekeeping forces.
  • Splinter Cell series: Sam Fisher goes undercover.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)[151]
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (2009)
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009)

Film

Set in 2008:

  • Silent Running[152] (1971)
  • Deterrence (1999)
  • Jason X (Friday the 13th series, 2002): Mass murderer Jason Voorhees is captured for the 2nd time and sentenced to death. However, the US government is unsure how to execute him; an electric chair, a gas chamber, a firing squad, and hanging are all tried – none of which work.
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • The Lake House (2006): The ending takes place on Valentine's Day, 2008.
  • Southland Tales (2007)
  • Split Second (1992 film) (1992)
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007): The final act takes place in Tokyo during 2008.
  • Doomsday (2008): The start of the film is set in 2008, when a virus has infected Scotland.
  • Wall Street 2 (2010): Will be set in June 2008.

Television

  • The events of the Macross Zero OVA take place in 2008.
  • Doraemon: According to the original manga story, a time machine will be invented in 2008.
  • The Future Boy Conan anime (1978) story begins in July 2008, when a war results in five continents sinking into the sea.
  • According to the Futurama episode "Space Pilot 3000", Stop 'N Drop suicide booths are claimed to have been "America's Favorite" since 2008. Whether this is the use of an advertising hyperbole to indicate that they were introduced in 2008, or that they gained a plurality of market share in 2008 is not concluded.
  • Dawson's Creek (2003 series finale): The characters meet once again. Dawson, now 25, is the creator of a television series, The Creek, based on his life.[153]
  • The 2007 series of Doctor Who: Present time (such as "Smith and Jones") is primarily set in 2008.
  • Heroes: A possible future shown in Out of Time features the Shanti virus killing about 93% of the world's population by 2008.

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