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December 6, 2021

2008 (MMVIII) was a leap year that began on a Tuesday in the Gregorian calendar.

Events

January

January 1 Cyprus and Malta adopt the euro as their currency and thus become part of the euro area. Akrotiri and Dhekelia also join. Slovenia becomes EU presidency after Portugal. January 2 - Pakistan general elections are postponed from January 8, 2008 to February 18, 2008, following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007. January 5 - Mikhail Saakashvili receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the presidential election and is re-elected president of Georgia. January 9 - US President George W. Bush arrives in Jerusalem, Israel, for a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. January 14 - The MESSENGER spacecraft flies past the planet Mercury for the first time. January 19 - A six - party coalition government takes office in Thailand, becoming the first democratic government since the 2006 military coup. January 23 - The Norwegian airline Coast Air goes bankrupt. January 24 - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns after losing a vote of confidence in the Italian parliament. January 25 - The Social Democrats' party leader Mona Sahlin announces that the party's economic spokesman Pär Nuder will be replaced by Thomas Östros.

February

February 2 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy marries singer and former fashion model Carla Bruni. February 5 - In 24 of the US states, primary elections are held before the presidential election on November 4 of the same year. During this so-called Super Tuesday, John McCain will be the Republican Party's biggest winner, while Democrats' Hillary Clinton will have a slight advantage over Barack Obama. February 6 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano announces that new elections will be held in Italy on April 13, 2008. February 11 - East Timorese President José Ramos-Horta is seriously shot in an assassination attempt. February 17 - Kosovo declares independence from Serbia. February 18 - US recognizes Kosovo as an independent state. February 19 - Fidel Castro announces his resignation as President of Cuba. February 23 - An agreement on "permanent ceasefire" between the Ugandan government and the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army is signed. February 24 - Raúl Castro succeeds his brother Fidel Castro as President of Cuba. February 26 - The Doomsday Vault (a seed vault) is inaugurated in a rock chamber at a geographically strategically located place, Svalbard. February 28 - The ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returns home for the first time since the September 2006 military coup.

March

March 2 - In the Russian presidential election, Dmitry Medvedev wins with 70% of the vote. March 4 - Sweden recognizes Kosovo's independence. March 9 - In the Spanish general election, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, led by Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, wins by 43% of the vote. March 14 - Riots erupt in the Tibetan capital Lhasa after Tibetan monks begin a demonstration against Chinese rule. March 15 - Gërdec 2008 explosions March 16 - Nils Lundgren announces that he intends to resign as party leader for the Swedish party Junilistan in July 2008. March 20 - Yves Leterme takes office as Prime Minister of Belgium after nine months of negotiations since the election. March 24 - Yousaf Raza Gilani (PPP) takes office as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. March 29 - Elections for president and parliament are held in Zimbabwe, with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party advancing and gaining a majority over President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party. March 31 - The French spirits giant Pernod Ricard buys Swedish Vin & Sprit for SEK 55 billion.

April

April 1 - The Swedish and Danish Post announce that they intend to merge with headquarters in Stockholm. The new

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