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  • U.S.
    Friday Jan 11, 2008

    Bank of America

    Bank of America announced that it would buy Countrywide Financial

    U.S.
    Friday Jan 11, 2008

    On January 11, 2008, Bank of America announced that it would buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion.




  • Houston, Texas, U.S.
    Monday Jan 14, 2008

    Muhammad Yunus

    Muhammad Yunus Day

    Houston, Texas, U.S.
    Monday Jan 14, 2008

    In January 2008, Houston, Texas declared 14 January as "Muhammad Yunus Day".




  • Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

    Shaquille O'Neal

    O'Neal made his Suns debut

    Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

    O'Neal made his Suns debut on February 20, 2008, against his former Lakers team, scoring 15 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the process. The Lakers won, 130–124. O'Neal was upbeat in a post-game press conference, stating: "I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys [...] But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it."




  • U.S.
    Monday Feb 25, 2008

    Visa Inc.

    Visa announced it would go ahead with an IPO of half its shares

    U.S.
    Monday Feb 25, 2008

    On February 25, 2008, Visa announced it would go ahead with an IPO of half its shares.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 5, 2008

    Carlos Slim

    The World's Second-Richest Person 2008

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 5, 2008

    On March 5, 2008, Forbes ranked Slim as the world's second-richest person, behind Warren Buffett and ahead of Bill Gates.




  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 6, 2008

    Atari, Inc.

    Infogrames acquisition

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 6, 2008

    On March 6, 2008, Infogrames made an offer to Atari Inc. to buy out all remaining public shares for a value of $1.68 per share, or $11 million total. The offer would make Infogrames sole owner of Atari Inc., thus making it a privately held company. On April 30, 2008, Atari Inc. announced its intentions to accept Infogrames' buyout offer and to merge with Infogrames. On October 8, 2008, Infogrames completed its acquisition of Atari Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary.




  • Cupertino, California, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 6, 2008

    iOS

    IPhone SDK

    Cupertino, California, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 6, 2008

    On March 6, 2008, Apple held a press event, announcing the iPhone SDK.


  • U.S.
    Monday Mar 17, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The Federal Reserve guaranteed Bear Stearns' bad loans to facilitate its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase

    U.S.
    Monday Mar 17, 2008

    March 17, 2008: The Federal Reserve guaranteed Bear Stearns' bad loans to facilitate its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

    Visa Inc.

    Visa sold 406 million shares at US$44 per share ($2 above the high end of the expected $37–42 pricing range), raising US$17.9 billion in the largest initial public offering in U.S. history

    U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

    The IPO took place on March 18, 2008. Visa sold 406 million shares at US$44 per share ($2 above the high end of the expected $37–42 pricing range), raising US$17.9 billion in the largest initial public offering in U.S. history.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Mar 20, 2008

    Visa Inc.

    the IPO underwriters exercised their overallotment option

    U.S.
    Thursday Mar 20, 2008

    On March 20, 2008, the IPO underwriters (including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs & Co., Bank of America Securities LLC, Citi, HSBC, Merrill Lynch & Co., UBS Investment Bank and Wachovia Securities) exercised their overallotment option, purchasing an additional 40.6 million shares, bringing Visa's total IPO share count to 446.6 million, and bringing the total proceeds to US$19.1 billion.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Mar 29, 2008

    Dwayne Johnson

    Non-Wrestling Appearances

    U.S.
    Saturday Mar 29, 2008

    On March 29, 2008, Johnson appeared to induct his father and grandfather Peter Maivia and Rocky Johnson into the WWE Hall of Fame.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

    Nike, Inc.

    Nike's Campaign at The Earth Day 2008

    U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

    One campaign that Nike began for Earth Day 2008 was a commercial that featured basketball star Steve Nash wearing Nike's Trash Talk Shoe, which had been constructed in February 2008 from pieces of leather and synthetic leather waste from factory floors. The Trash Talk Shoe also featured a sole composed of ground-up rubber from a shoe recycling program. Nike claims this is the first performance basketball shoe that has been created from manufacturing waste, but it only produced 5,000 pairs for sale.


  • U.S.
    Monday May 5, 2008

    Bank of America

    LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America

    U.S.
    Monday May 5, 2008

    LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America name on May 5, 2008.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    UNICEF reported that China formally requested the support of the international community to respond to the needs of affected families

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    Because of the magnitude of the quake, and the media attention on China, foreign nations and organizations immediately responded to the disaster by offering condolences and assistance. On May 14, UNICEF reported that China formally requested the support of the international community to respond to the needs of affected families.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday May 17, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Praising

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday May 17, 2008

    Rescue efforts performed by the Chinese government were praised by western media, especially in comparison with Myanmar's blockage of foreign aid during Cyclone Nargis, as well as China's previous performance during the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. China's openness during the media coverage of the Sichuan earthquake led a professor at Peking University to say, "This is the first time [that] the Chinese media has lived up to international standards". Los Angeles Times praised China's media coverage of the quake as being "democratic".


  • U.S.
    Monday Jun 2, 2008

    Ford

    Jaguar and Land Rover Sold

    U.S.
    Monday Jun 2, 2008

    On June 2, 2008, Ford sold its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors for $2.3 billion.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 19, 2008

    Apple Inc.

    iTunes Store

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 19, 2008

    The iTunes Store quickly became the market leader in online music services, with over five billion downloads by June 19, 2008.


  • New York, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 22, 2008

    Shaquille O'Neal

    O'Neal freestyled a diss rap about Bryant

    New York, U.S.
    Sunday Jun 22, 2008

    However, on June 22, 2008, O'Neal freestyled a diss rap about Bryant in a New York club. While rapping, O'Neal blamed Bryant for his divorce from his wife Shaunie and claims to have received a vasectomy, as part of a rhyme. He also taunted Bryant for not being able to win a championship without him. O'Neal led the audience to mockingly chant several times "Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes."


  • North America
    Tuesday Jun 24, 2008

    IKEA

    IKEA Home Stuff

    North America
    Tuesday Jun 24, 2008

    In 2008, IKEA paired up with the makers of video game The Sims 2 to make a stuff pack called IKEA Home Stuff, featuring many IKEA products. It was released on 24 June 2008 in North America and 26 June 2008 in Europe. It is the second stuff pack with a major brand, the first being The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 26, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Warning

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 26, 2008

    On June 26, 2008, Senator Charles Schumer , a member of the Senate Banking Committee, chairman of Congress' Joint Economic Committee and the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, released several letters he had sent to regulators, which warned that, "The possible collapse of big mortgage lender IndyMac Bancorp Inc. poses significant financial risks to its borrowers and depositors, and regulators may not be ready to intervene to protect them." Some worried depositors began to withdraw money.


  • Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Jun 27, 2008

    Microsoft

    Gates Retired

    Redmond, Washington, U.S.
    Friday Jun 27, 2008

    Gates retired from his role as Chief Software Architect on June 27, 2008, a decision announced in June 2006, while retaining other positions related to the company in addition to being an advisor for the company on key projects.


  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 2, 2008

    Warren Buffett

    Obama's Campaign

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 2, 2008

    On July 2, 2008, Buffett attended a $28,500 per plate fundraiser for Obama's campaign in Chicago.


  • U.S.
    Monday Jul 7, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    IndyMac announcements

    U.S.
    Monday Jul 7, 2008

    On July 7, 2008, IndyMac announced on the company blog that it: Had failed to raise capital since its May 12, 2008 quarterly earnings report; Had been notified by bank and thrift regulators that IndyMac Bank was no longer deemed "well-capitalized". IndyMac: The first visible institution to run into trouble in the United States was the Southern California–based IndyMac, a spin-off of Countrywide Financial. Before its failure, IndyMac Bank was the largest savings and loan association in the Los Angeles market and the seventh largest mortgage originator in the United States.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jul 10, 2008

    iOS

    iOS App Store

    U.S.
    Thursday Jul 10, 2008

    The iOS App Store was opened on July 10, 2008, with an initial 500 applications available.


  • U.S.
    Friday Jul 11, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    FDIC put IndyMac Bank into conservatorship

    U.S.
    Friday Jul 11, 2008

    On July 11, 2008, citing liquidity concerns, the FDIC put IndyMac Bank into conservatorship.


  • U.S.
    Friday Jul 11, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    IndyMac failed

    U.S.
    Friday Jul 11, 2008

    July 11, 2008: IndyMac failed.


  • San Bruno, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

    YouTube

    TiVo service update

    San Bruno, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

    A TiVo service update in July 2008 allowed the system to search and play YouTube videos.


  • U.S.
    Friday Jul 18, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The FDIC announced plans to open IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB

    U.S.
    Friday Jul 18, 2008

    A bridge bank, IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB, was established to assume control of IndyMac Bank's assets, its secured liabilities, and its insured deposit accounts. The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) announced plans to open IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB on July 14, 2008.


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 20, 2008

    Facebook, Inc.

    Facebook Introduced "Facebook Beta"

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jul 20, 2008

    On July 20, 2008, Facebook introduced "Facebook Beta", a significant redesign of its user interface on selected networks. The Mini-Feed and Wall were consolidated, profiles were separated into tabbed sections, and an effort was made to create a cleaner look. Facebook began migrating users to the new version in September 2008.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was enacted

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

    July 30, 2008: The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 was enacted.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jul 31, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    IndyMac Bancorp filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    U.S.
    Thursday Jul 31, 2008

    IndyMac Bancorp filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 31, 2008.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

    Bart Millard

    Hymned Again

    U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

    Millard did the second of his two hymn albums because he realized that the church he was attending did not sing hymns, and he wanted his children to have hymns as a part of their lives.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Sep 7, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the federal government

    U.S.
    Sunday Sep 7, 2008

    September 7, 2008: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the federal government.


  • The Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 11, 2008

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    The Pentagon Memorial

    The Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Sep 11, 2008

    In Arlington County, the Pentagon Memorial was completed and opened to the public on the seventh anniversary of the attacks in 2008. It consists of a landscaped park with 184 benches facing the Pentagon. When the Pentagon was repaired in 2001–2002, a private chapel and indoor memorial were included, located at the spot where Flight 77 crashed into the building.


  • U.S.
    Monday Sep 15, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Lehman Brothers went bankrupt after the Federal Reserve declined to guarantee its loans

    U.S.
    Monday Sep 15, 2008

    September 15, 2008: Lehman Brothers went bankrupt after the Federal Reserve declined to guarantee its loans, causing the Dow Jones to drop 504 points, its worst decline in seven years. The same day, Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The Federal Reserve took over American International Group

    U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

    September 16, 2008: The Federal Reserve took over American International Group. The Reserve Primary Fund "broke the buck" as a result of massive withdrawals from money market accounts.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Sep 21, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley converted themselves from investment banks to bank holding companies to increase their protection by the Federal Reserve

    U.S.
    Sunday Sep 21, 2008

    September 21, 2008: Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley converted themselves from investment banks to bank holding companies to increase their protection by the Federal Reserve.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

    Android

    The First Android Smartphone

    U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

    By 2008, both Nokia and BlackBerry announced touch-based smartphones to rival the iPhone 3G, and Android's focus eventually switched to just touchscreens. The first commercially available smartphone running Android was the HTC Dream, also known as T-Mobile G1, announced on September 23, 2008.


  • U.S.
    Friday Sep 26, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Washington Mutual went bankrupt after a bank run

    U.S.
    Friday Sep 26, 2008

    September 26, 2008: Washington Mutual went bankrupt after a bank run.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 1, 2008

    Netflix

    A partnership with Starz

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 1, 2008

    On October 1, 2008, Netflix announced a partnership with Starz to bring 2,500+ new films and shows to "Watch Instantly", under Starz Play.


  • U.S.
    Friday Oct 3, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

    U.S.
    Friday Oct 3, 2008

    October 3, 2008: Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 7, 2008

    League of Legends

    First Announcement

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 7, 2008

    League of Legends was formally announced on October 7, 2008.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

    Eminem

    The Way I Am

    U.S.
    Tuesday Oct 21, 2008

    On October 21, 2008 his autobiography The Way I Am was published. Detailing his struggles with poverty, drugs, fame, heartbreak, and depression, it includes stories of his rise to fame, commentary about past controversies and original lyric sheets from "Stan" and "The Real Slim Shady".


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 2008

    Barack Obama

    Won the the Presidential Elections 2008

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 2008

    On November 4, Obama won the presidency with 365 electoral votes to 173 received by McCain. Obama won 52.9% of the popular vote to McCain's 45.7%.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 2008

    Joe Biden

    2008 Vice President election

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 2008

    On November 4, 2008, Biden was elected Vice President of the United States as Obama's running mate.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Nov 16, 2008

    Barack Obama

    Resignation

    U.S.
    Sunday Nov 16, 2008

    He resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate upon being elected President of the United States


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 18, 2008

    Stan Lee

    Receiving National Arts Medal

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 18, 2008

    The 2008 National Arts Medal was awarded to Stan Lee and presented in the East Room ceremony by President Bush in 2008. Lee was honored as one of America's most prolific storytellers "for his pioneering work, recreating the American comic books.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Nov 21, 2008

    Flag of the United States

    The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Nov 21, 2008

    Following the reopening of the National Museum of American History on November 21, 2008, the flag is now on display in a special exhibition, "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem" where it rests at a 10 degree angle in dim light for conservation purposes.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility was announced

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

    November 25, 2008: The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility was announced.


  • Los Gatos, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 9, 2008

    Atari, Inc.

    Acquiring Cryptic Studios

    Los Gatos, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 9, 2008

    On December 9, 2008, Atari announced that it had acquired Cryptic Studios, a MMORPG developer.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    The federal funds rate was lowered to zero percent

    U.S.
    Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

    December 16, 2008: The federal funds rate was lowered to zero percent.


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