2008 in history
Here are some light-hearted facts about 2008, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 2008.
I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 2008 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 2008 in Britain too.
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Breaking Bad aired for the first time - good for audio
President George W. Bush had two shoes thrown at him during a press conference in Iraq.
Kung-Fu Panda was released across the world and was an especially big hit in China.
Borat, Slumdog Millionaire, the very first Twilight, Gran Torino and Wall-E were released.
The Dark Knight was released, shortly after Heath Ledger died.
The Inbetweeners was shown for the first time.
This year was declared the International Year of the Potato by the UN.
'Sachsgate' occurred where Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross made prank calls to actor Andrew Sachs on their pre-recorded radio show. The event was hugely controversial and saw both presenters suspended from the BBC. It was notable because the newly-launched iPlayer meant that anybody could go back and hear the offensive segment, massively increasing the number of people who could be offended.
The M6, Britain's first motorway, was completed with the final section completing the journey to Scotland. The first section had opened exactly 50 years earlier.
Woolworths announced that they were in major trouble, and began a closing down sale that saw shops stripped to the bone. [NB: The actual closures happened in January 2009.]
MFI closed all its stores. Seeing so many big brands in trouble was a big memory of the 'credit crunch'.
The Large Hadron Collider was started up for the first time, and there were fears that it could end the world.
Google Street View started driving around - 2008 is the earliest year you can take their photos back to. [NB: Most people didn't know about the service until it launched in March 2009.]
Harrison Ford returned as Indiana Jones aged 65.
Ugly Betty was shown for the first time.
The Olympic Games were held in Beijing. Great Britain finished fourth with 19 gold medals, and prepared to host the next games. Usain Bolt set a new world record of 9.69 seconds, winning the 100m gold medal.
Scientists in New Zealand created a tear-free onion.
Joel Waul set the Guinness World Record with a 9400 lb rubber band ball comprised of 700,000 rubber bands. It was purchased by Ripley's Believe It or Not later that year.
An earthquake with an epicentre in Lincolnshire was felt across most of Britain, with several buildings suffering substantial damage.
Barack Obama won the American presidential election, and was inaugurated the following year.
The Eurovision Song Contest saw Dustin The Turkey represent Ireland, but not progressing to the final.
Brian Cowen replaced Bertie Ahern as an Taoiseach.
The Cheerios Childline concert with Enrique Iglesias was the first act at the new O2 Arena in Dublin.
While these facts about 2008 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.
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