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  • Colombia
    Friday Jan 4, 2008
    Colombian conflict

    The Results of a Mitochondrial DNA Test For Emmanuel

    Colombia
    Friday Jan 4, 2008

    On January 4, 2008, the results of a mitochondrial DNA test, comparing the child's DNA with that of his potential grandmother Clara de Rojas, were revealed by the Colombian government. It was reported that there was a very high probability that the boy was indeed part of the Rojas family.The same day, FARC released a communique in which they admitted that Emmanuel had been taken to Bogotá and "left in the care of honest persons" for safety reasons until a humanitarian exchange took place. The group accused President Uribe of "kidnapping" the child in order to sabotage his liberation.




  • Colombia
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008
    Colombian conflict

    FARC released Rojas and Gonzalez

    Colombia
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008

    on January 10, 2008, FARC released Rojas and Gonzalez through a humanitarian commission headed by the International Committee of the Red Cross.




  • United Kingdom
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008
    Richard Branson

    Virgin Healthcare announced that it would open a chain of health care clinics

    United Kingdom
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008

    On 10 January 2008, Virgin Healthcare announced that it would open a chain of health care clinics that would offer conventional medical care alongside homeopathic and complementary therapies, a development that was welcomed by Ben Bradshaw, the UK's health minister.




  • Afghanistan
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008
    Disasters with highest death tolls

    2008 Afghanistan Blizzard

    Afghanistan
    Thursday Jan 10, 2008

    Afghanistan Blizzard was a fierce blizzard that struck Afghanistan on the 10th of January 2008. Temperatures fell to a low of -30 C, with up to 180 centimetres of snow in the more mountainous regions, killing at least 926 people. The weather also claimed more than 100,000 sheep and goats, and nearly 315,000 cattle died.




  • 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.




  • Caracas, Venezuela
    Sunday Jan 13, 2008
    Colombian conflict

    Hugo Chávez stated his disapproval with The FARC Strategy

    Caracas, Venezuela
    Sunday Jan 13, 2008

    On January 13, 2008, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez stated his disapproval with the FARC strategy of armed struggle and kidnapping saying "I don't agree with kidnapping and I don't agree with armed struggle".




  • 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".


  • Rome, Italy
    Wednesday Jan 16, 2008
    Francesco Totti

    200th goal for Roma

    Rome, Italy
    Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

    Totti scored his 200th goal for Roma in a 4–0 victory against Torino, in the Coppa Italia, on 16 January 2008.


  • Timor-Leste
    Monday Feb 11, 2008
    Xanana Gusmão

    The Assassination attempt

    Timor-Leste
    Monday Feb 11, 2008

    On 11 February 2008, a motorcade containing Gusmão came under gunfire one hour after President José Ramos-Horta was shot in the stomach. Gusmão's residence was also occupied by rebels. According to the Associated Press, the incidents raised the possibility of a coup attempt; they have also described as possible assassination attempts and kidnap attempts.


  • Russia
    Tuesday Feb 12, 2008
    Russian Invasion of Ukraine

    Obvious threats

    Russia
    Tuesday Feb 12, 2008

    On February 12, 2008, then Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia may target its missiles at Ukraine if its neighbour joins NATO and accepts the deployment of a US missile defence shield.Russia


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2008
    Johan Cruyff

    The New Technical director at his boyhood club Ajax

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

    On 20 February 2008, in the wake of a major research on the ten-year-mismanagement, it was announced that Cruyff would be the new technical director at his boyhood club Ajax, his fourth stint with the Amsterdam club.


  • 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."


  • Havana, Cuba
    Sunday Feb 24, 2008
    Raúl Castro

    16th President of Cuba

    Havana, Cuba
    Sunday Feb 24, 2008

    After assuming what was envisioned as a temporary control over the presidency in 2006, on 24 February 2008 Raúl Castro won election as the new President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers during a legislative session held at Cuba's Palace of Conventions in Havana.


  • Havana, Cuba
    Sunday Feb 24, 2008
    Fidel Castro

    Retirement

    Havana, Cuba
    Sunday Feb 24, 2008

    In a February 2008 letter, Castro announced that he would not accept the positions of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief at that month's National Assembly meetings, remarking, "It would betray my conscience to take up a responsibility that requires mobility and total devotion, that I am not in a physical condition to offer". On 24 February 2008, the National Assembly of People's Power unanimously voted Raúl as president. Describing his brother as "not substitutable", Raúl proposed that Fidel continue to be consulted on matters of great importance, a motion unanimously approved by the 597 National Assembly members.


  • 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.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Feb 27, 2008
    Microsoft

    EU Imposed Fine

    Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

    The European Union imposed another fine of €899 million ($1.4 billion) for Microsoft's lack of compliance with the March 2004 judgment on February 27, 2008, saying that the company charged rivals unreasonable prices for key information about its workgroup and backoffice servers. Microsoft stated that it was in compliance and that "these fines are about the past issues that have been resolved".


  • Milan, Italy
    Friday Feb 29, 2008
    Kaká

    A Contract extension

    Milan, Italy
    Friday Feb 29, 2008

    He signed a contract extension through 2013 with Milan on 29 February 2008.


  • Ecuador
    Saturday Mar 1, 2008
    Colombian conflict

    The Military Operation in Ecuador on a FARC Position

    Ecuador
    Saturday Mar 1, 2008

    On March 1, 2008, the Colombian armed forces launched a military operation 1.8 kilometres into Ecuador on a FARC position, killing 24, including Raúl Reyes, member of the FARC Central High Command. This led to the 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis between Colombia and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, supported by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.


  • Caldas, Colombia
    Monday Mar 3, 2008
    Colombian conflict

    Killing Iván Ríos

    Caldas, Colombia
    Monday Mar 3, 2008

    On March 3, Iván Ríos, also a member of the FARC Central High Command was killed by his security chief "Rojas". In March 2008 alone, FARC lost 3 members of their Secretariat, including their founder.


  • 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.


  • London, England
    Friday Mar 7, 2008
    Margaret Thatcher

    Collapsing at a House of Lords dinner

    London, England
    Friday Mar 7, 2008

    After collapsing at a House of Lords dinner, Thatcher, suffering low blood pressure, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital in central London on 7 March 2008 for tests.


  • Rome, Italy
    Sunday Mar 9, 2008
    Francesco Totti

    500th overall appearance for Roma

    Rome, Italy
    Sunday Mar 9, 2008

    On 9 March, he reached his 500th overall appearance for Roma, scoring the second goal of the match from a penalty kick in a 2–0 away win over Napoli.


  • 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.


  • Europe
    Wednesday Mar 26, 2008
    Visa Inc.

    Honor All Cards

    Europe
    Wednesday Mar 26, 2008

    On March 26, 2008, the European Commission opened an investigation into Visa's multilateral interchange fees for cross-border transactions within the EEA as well as into the "Honor All Cards" rule (under which merchants are required to accept all valid Visa-branded cards).


  • 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.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Apr 7, 2008
    YouTube

    YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Apr 7, 2008

    It has been claimed, by The Daily Telegraph in 2008, that in 2007, YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000.


  • Afghanistan
    Thursday Apr 10, 2008
    Prince William

    William deployment

    Afghanistan
    Thursday Apr 10, 2008

    Though Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts, General Officer Commanding the Household Division, had said William's deployment was possible, the Prince's position as second-in-line to the throne and the convention of ministers advising against placing that person into dangerous situations cast doubts on William's chances of seeing combat. These doubts increased after Prince Harry's deployment was canceled in 2007 due to "specific threats". William, instead, went on to train in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, obtaining his commission as a sub-lieutenant in the former and flying officer in the latter—both broadly equivalent to the army rank of lieutenant. After completing his training, William undertook an attachment with the Royal Air Force, undergoing an intensive, four-month training course at RAF Cranwell. Upon completing the course on 11 April 2008, he was presented with his RAF wings by his father, who had received his own wings after training at Cranwell. During this secondment, William flew to Afghanistan in a C-17 Globemaster that repatriated the body of Trooper Robert Pearson.


  • England
    Sunday Apr 13, 2008
    Prince Harry

    The Lieutenant

    England
    Sunday Apr 13, 2008

    On 13 April 2008, when he reached two years' seniority, Harry was promoted to lieutenant.


  • Italy
    Saturday Apr 19, 2008
    Francesco Totti

    Season-ending injury

    Italy
    Saturday Apr 19, 2008

    Totti suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during a 1–1 draw with Livorno on 19 April.


  • Accra, Ghana
    Monday Apr 21, 2008
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    Accra Conference

    Accra, Ghana
    Monday Apr 21, 2008

    UNCTAD XII was held in Accra, Ghana, from 21 to 25 April 2008.


  • 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.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday Apr 26, 2008
    Best Buy

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined the company $280,000

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Saturday Apr 26, 2008

    On April 26, 2008, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined the company $280,000 for not alerting customers that the analog televisions it sold would not receive over-the-air stations after the digital transition on June 12, 2009.


  • Myanmar
    Sunday Apr 27, 2008
    Disasters with highest death tolls

    Cyclone Nargis

    Myanmar
    Sunday Apr 27, 2008

    Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Nargis was an extremely destructive and deadly tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Myanmar during early May 2008. The cyclone made landfall in Myanmar on Friday, 2 May 2008, sending a storm surge 40 kilometres up the densely populated Irrawaddy delta, causing catastrophic destruction and at least 138,373 fatalities.


  • 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.


  • Moscow, Russia
    Thursday May 8, 2008
    Vladimir Putin

    Second premiership

    Moscow, Russia
    Thursday May 8, 2008

    Putin was barred from a third consecutive term by the Constitution. First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was elected his successor. In a power-switching operation on 8 May 2008, only a day after handing the presidency to Medvedev, Putin was appointed Prime Minister of Russia, maintaining his political dominance.


  • Santiago, Chile
    Sunday May 11, 2008
    Vodafone

    Vodafone in Chile

    Santiago, Chile
    Sunday May 11, 2008

    On 11 May 2008, Vodafone sealed a trade agreement with the Chilean Entel PCS Chile, in which Entel PCS has access to the equipment and international services of Vodafone, and Vodafone will be one of the trademarks of Entel for the wireless business.


  • Vitnam
    Monday May 12, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Tremors in Vietnam

    Vitnam
    Monday May 12, 2008

    Tremors were felt approximately five minutes after the earthquake in northern parts of Vietnam. The intensity was MM III in Hanoi.


  • Tuva, Russia
    Monday May 12, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Russia

    Tuva, Russia
    Monday May 12, 2008

    Tremors were felt in Tuva, no casualties reported.


  • China
    Monday May 12, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Start of rescue operations

    China
    Monday May 12, 2008

    Persistent heavy rain and landslides in Wenchuan County and the nearby area badly affected rescue efforts. At the start of rescue operations on May 12, 20 helicopters were deployed for the delivery of food, water, and emergency aid, and also the evacuation of the injured and reconnaissance of quake-stricken areas.


  • China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Unaccepted offer

    China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    Many rescue teams, including that of the Taipei Fire Department from Taiwan, were reported ready to join the rescue effort in Sichuan as early as Wednesday. However, the Red Cross Society of China said that (on May 13) "it was inconvenient currently due to the traffic problem to the hardest-hit areas closest to the epicenter".


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Beijing accepted the aid of the Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    Beijing accepted the aid of the Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan late on May 13. Tzu Chi was the first force from outside the People's Republic of China to join the rescue effort.


  • 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.


  • China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Ministry of Civil Affairs stated that 10.7 billion yuan had been donated by the Chinese public

    China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    By May 14, the Ministry of Civil Affairs stated that 10.7 billion yuan (approximately US$1.5 billion at that time) had been donated by the Chinese public.


  • Mao County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    15 Special Operations Troops parachuted into inaccessible Mao County

    Mao County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    On the afternoon of May 14, 15 Special Operations Troops, along with relief supplies and communications gear, parachuted into inaccessible Mao County, northeast of Wenchuan.


  • United States
    Thursday May 15, 2008
    Angelina Jolie

    Kung Fu Panda

    United States
    Thursday May 15, 2008

    Jolie also voiced the DreamWorks animation Kung Fu Panda (2008), the first work in a major family franchise.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Largest non-combat airlifting operation in People's Liberation Army history

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    By May 15, Premier Wen Jiabao ordered the deployment of an additional 90 helicopters, of which 60 were to be provided by the PLAAF, and 30 were to be provided by the civil aviation industry, bringing the total number of aircraft deployed in relief operations by the air force, army, and civil aviation to over 150, resulting in the largest non-combat airlifting operation in People's Liberation Army history.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008
    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Rescue groups from several countries

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    On May 16, rescue groups from South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Russia, and Taiwan arrived to join the rescue effort.


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