May 20, 2022

The year 2008 is a leap year which begins on a Tuesday. It is the 2008th year of our era, the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century and the 9th year of the decade 2000-2009. It has been declared the Year of Mathematics in Germany, the International Year of Sanitation, the International Year of Languages ​​and the International Year of the Potato by the UN.

Other calendars

The year 2008 of the Gregorian calendar corresponds to the following dates: Chinese calendar: 4705 / 4706 (Chinese New Year 4706 of the Year of the Earth Rat occurs on February 7, 2008) Hebrew Calendar: 5768 / 5769 (1st Tishri 5769 is September 30, 2008) Indian calendar: 1929 / 1930 (the 1st chaitra 1930 takes place on March 21, 2008) Japanese calendar: Heisei Era 20 (Japanese calendar uses Gregorian days) Muslim Calendar: 1428 / 1429 / 1430 (1st Muharram 1429 is January 10, 2008, 1st Muharram 1430 is December 29, 2008) Persian calendar: 1386 / 1387 (the 1st farvardin 1387 takes place on March 20, 2008) Republican calendar: 215 / 216 (the 1st vendémiaire 216 takes place on September 22, 2008) Julian days: 2,454,466.5 to 2,454,831.5,

Territorial chronology


The year 2008 has 1 extra second. Indeed, because of the slowing down of the Earth's rotation, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures decided to add 1 second to the last minute of the year 2008.




Middle East



Monthly Timeline

January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

Thematic timeline

Arts and culture

Science and Technology


International Honors

Nobel Prize

The 2008 Nobel Prize winners are: Nobel Prize in Physics: Makoto Kobayashi, Toshihide Maskawa and Yoichiro Nambu. Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Harald zur Hausen, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier. Nobel Prize in Literature: J.M.G. Le Clézio. Nobel Peace Prize: Martti Ahtisaari. "Nobel Prize" in economics: Paul Krugman.

Other prices

Pritzker Prize (architecture): Jean Nouvel.

Foundations in 2008

Births in 2008

Death in 2008

Major personalities who died in 2008 January 17: Carlos (French singer) January 27: Soeharto (Indonesian general and politician) February 13: Henri Salvador (French singer) February 18: Alain Robbe-Grillet (French writer) April 5: Charlton Heston (American actor) April 17: Aimé Césaire (French writer and politician) May 12: Robert Rauschenberg (American painter, visual artist and lithographer) May 26: Sydney Pollack (American filmmaker) June 1: Yves Saint Laurent (French fashion designer) August 3: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Russian writer) September 18: Mauricio Kagel (Argentine composer) September 26: Paul Newman (American actor) October 20: Sister Emmanuelle (Belgian, French and Egyptian nun) December 24: Harold Pinter (British playwright)

Notes and References

See also

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External links

The year 2008 on the site of the National Library of France Portal of the 21st century Portal of the 2000s