2008 is a leap year starting on Tuesday according to the Christian era (Gregorian calendar). 2008.
This section describes 2008 from an international perspective.
Zodiac: Yang Earth Rat
Japan (dates match)
2668 imperial year
Republic of Korea (dates match)
Republic of Korea 90 years
Republic of China (dates match)
Republic of China 97
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (dates match)
Subject 97 years
Buddhist calendar: September 8, 2550-October 5, 2551
Islamic calendar: December 22, 1428-January 3, 1430
Jewish calendar: April 23, 5768-April 4, 5769
Unix Time: 1199145600 --1230767999
Modified Julian Day (MJD): 54466 --54831
Lilian Date (LD): 155307 --155672
The promised period of the Kyoto Protocol (adopted in December 1997, issued in February 2005), which mandates the reduction of greenhouse gases, has started.
Cyprus, Malta, Akrotiri and Dhequeria (British Overseas Territories in Cyprus) introduce the euro.
Venezuelan government devalues currency Bolivar by 1/1000. President Hugo Chavez decides the name of the new currency as Bolivar Fuerte, which means "strong Bolivar".
January 2-Crude oil futures prices have not stopped soaring, and in New York, one barrel $ 100.00 at one point, reaching the $ 100 level for the first time. After this, prices continued to rise intermittently until mid-July.
January 3-Democratic Party and Republican Party elect Barrack Obama and Republican Party Mike Huckabee at the Caucus of both Democratic and Republican parties in Iowa, the first round of the United States presidential election.
January 5-Mikheil Saakashvili is reelected in the Georgian presidential election.
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It is announced that the 2008 Golden Globe Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for February 10, will be canceled due to a strike by the National Writers Union. Only the award will be announced on the 13th.
Attempted assassination of President Maumoon Abdul Gayum in the Maldives.
January 9-US President George Walker Bush begins visiting six Middle Eastern countries, including Israel.
January 10-Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that it will change its company name to "Panasonic Corporation" from October 1st of the same year.
Announced to enter into merger negotiations with Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines or United Airlines.
Observed the first snowfall in the history of observation in more than 100 years in Baghdad, Iraq.
Taiwan Legislative Yuan Election Polling Day. The Kuomintang wins overwhelmingly, and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party loses. The two referendums held at the same time were unsuccessful.
In the Antarctic Ocean, Greenpeace pursues a Japanese whaling fleet and stops research whaling.
January 13-Two Australian men arrive in New Zealand for 62 days from Australia after successfully kayaking across the Tasman Sea for the first time in history.
The Australian Federal Court orders the suspension of Japanese research whaling in some of the Antarctic waters along the Antarctic coast, which Australia claims to be its exclusive economic zone and has independently designated it as a "whale sanctuary." A vessel of the US environmental protection group "Sea Shepherd" intentionally collided with "Yushin Maru No. 2", one of the Japanese research whaling fleets that had continued research whaling because the ruling did not comply with international law. The crew detained them as two members broke into the Yushin Maru No. 2, and handed them over to Australian authorities at sea on January 17. Immediately after that