January 20, 2022

2008 (MMVIII) in the Gregorian calendar was a leap year that began on a Tuesday. In Chinese astrology, 2008 is the year of the rat (from February 7). The UN has chosen 2008 as Planet Earth Year and International Year of the Potato. The cities of Liverpool in England and Stavanger / Sandnes / Rogaland in Norway have been chosen as Europe's cultural capitals for 2008.


First quarter


January 1st - Last New Year celebration with rockets in Norway The Directorate for Public Administration and Information and Communication Technology is established. Nordic Battlegroup is established, consisting of military forces from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland and Estonia. Norge.no is wound up as a separate agency. The Disputes Act enters into force. The new company Ruter takes over the operations of Greater Oslo Local Transport and Oslo Tramways. Stavanger and Sandnes are European Capitals of Culture. Kristiansund and Frei are merged into one municipality. Mercury is banned in Norway, this includes amalgam and measuring instruments. Cyprus and Malta use the euro as their currency. The riots in Kenya: Between 50 and 100 people burned inside a church in the town of Eldoret, located 300 kilometers from the capital Nairobi. The church was set on fire by a furious mob. A suicide bomber has blown himself up in a funeral procession in Baghdad. 30 are killed and at least 38 wounded. January 2 - Oil prices exceed $ 100 on the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex). January 3 - At least four people are killed and 68 injured when a powerful car bomb explodes in the town of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey. January 5 - A snowstorm hits the Agder counties. Georgia's presidential election ends with victory for former President Mikheil Saakashvili. Georgia referendum on NATO membership. January 6 - A suicide bomber kills at least eight Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad. January 7 - The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity begins in The Hague. January 8 - A supply convoy belonging to the UNAMID force was attacked by Sudanese or Sudanese-backed forces in Darfur. January 10 - At least 20 people were killed in a powerful explosion, due to a suicide bomber, outside a court in the city of Lahore in Pakistan. US bombers (two B-1s and four F-16s) attacked targets south of Baghdad with 20 tons of bombs in an area considered a haven for al-Qaeda forces. January 11 - The police arrested the man they thought was the dreaded serial criminal "Pocket Man". Seven fires were ignited in Oslo within minutes, including the Postgiro ​​building. The suspected perpetrator was arrested. January 12 - Elections in Taiwan end with election winner for Taiwan's Nationalist Party Kuomintang (KMT) Stavanger 2008 opens. January 13 - Know school at Lørenskog was closed after threats of a school massacre on the website YouTube. A 15-year-old student was arrested for making threats. January 14 - The Messenger spacecraft makes its first passage of Mercury, the first spacecraft to visit the planet since Mariner 10 in March 1975. Terrorist attack on Serena Hotell: Seven people were killed, including Dagbladet's journalist Carsten Thomassen, and several injured in the attack, including a Foreign Ministry employee. January 16 - At least 23 people were killed and 67 injured when a bus was detonated on Wednesday in a bomb blast in southwestern Sri Lanka. The official opening of the Ypsilon bridge in Drammen. January 17 - The Norwegian government and three opposition parties (H, V and Krf) sign a broad climate agreement. Israel closes borders with Gaza following an increase in rocket attacks. January 18 - At least 66 people are killed in riots during the Shi'ite holiday of Ashura in Basra and Nassiriya in Iraq. January 19 - Lagting election in the Faroe Islands. January 20 - The presidential election in Serbia (1st round) ended with Tomislav Nikolić and Boris Tadić advancing to the next round. Gaza crisis: Gaza's only power station closes due to fuel shortage

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