2008 in history

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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2008

  • 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, 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' occured 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.

  • MFI closed all its stores.

  • Unregulated currency Bitcoin was created, as global finances crumbled.

  • 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.

  • 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 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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I write about media, exploring, heavy machinery and lists. I produce radio with an attitude accurately described as "amusingly surly".

I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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