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  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 2, 2008

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    First Ballon d'Or awarded

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Dec 2, 2008

    He subsequently became United's first Ballon d'Or winner since George Best in 1968.




  • London, England
    Tuesday Dec 9, 2008

    Jim Carrey

    Carrey's return to live-action comedy

    London, England
    Tuesday Dec 9, 2008

    Carrey returned to live-action comedy, starring opposite Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper in Yes Man (also 2008). Carrey played a man who signs up for a self-help program that teaches him to say yes to everything. Despite reviews being mixed, Rene Rodriquez of The Miami Herald stated, "Yes Man is fine as far as Jim Carrey comedies go, but it's even better as a love story that just happens to make you laugh."The film had a decent performance at the box office, earning $225 million worldwide.




  • 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.




  • Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 25, 2008

    Shaquille O'Neal

    O'Neal missed his 5,000th free throw

    Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 25, 2008

    On December 25, 2008, O'Neal missed his 5,000th free throw, becoming the second player in NBA history to do so, along with Chamberlain.




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