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May 12th, 2008.

May 12th, 2008, was a Monday. It was day 133 of 2008. The decade was the 2000s.

13 years and 7 days have passed since May 12th, 2008.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 12th, 2008?

  • Jennifer Butler files for divorce from actor Bill Murray.
  • An 8.0 magnitude earthquake results in nearly 70,000 deaths in Sichuan, China.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 12th, 2008.

  • United States: Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
  • United Kingdom: 4 Minutes - Madonna
Play the top hits from 2008.
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Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Iron Man" was at the top of the box office on May 12th, 2008.

Take me back to May 12th, 2008!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 12th, 2008 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 2008 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, 4 Minutes by Madonna is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Jnr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie Iron Man is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown is the current Prime Minister. Practically every teenager and adult has a MySpace or a Bebo account. A rock music genre called "Emo" is extremely popular at the moment. The genre, which stands for "emotional hardcore", has created a subculture of "Emos" who dye their hair black and wear thick frame glasses.

Meanwhile, in technology news, more and more people are beginning to use the Internet on their phones. This transition towards mobile Internet has been aided by the recent roll-out of faster 3G networks and the introduction of larger touchscreen phones. A social network called Facebook is beginning to surge in popularity, replacing the likes of MySpace. Video rental stores such as Blockbuster are currently struggling to keep their heads above water. This is due to the popularity of new online streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.

It's 2008, so the music charts are filled with artists such as Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Rihanna and T.I. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "One Tree Hill", "House", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Prison Break". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Halo 3", "Team Fortress 2", "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" and "Assassin's Creed".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Peppa Pig", "Avatar: The Last Airbender", "Ben 10" and "Wizards of Waverly Place". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and iPod Touch.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 12th, 2008.

  • Eurovision 2008.

    The 2008 Eurovision song contest is held in Belgrade, Serbia. Russia win the contest with the song "Believe" by Dima Bilan.

  • The rise of Facebook.

    The rise of Facebook.

    During this period, Facebook experienced massive growth, becoming the most popular social network in the world.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV.

    Grand Theft Auto IV.

    The game "Grand Theft Auto IV" was released on April 29th, 2008. The story focused on an Eastern European war veteran called Niko Bellic, who had moved to Liberty City.

  • The fall of MySpace.

    The fall of MySpace.

    In 2008, popular social network MySpace began to hemorrhage users. Millions of unique users left each month, with most of them migrating over to Facebook.

  • The Rickroll.

    The Rickroll.

    During this period, a "bait and switch" meme called Rickrolling was becoming popular online. The prank involved tricking someone into watching the music video for Rick Astley's song "Never Gonna Give You Up".

  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - "Please Read the Letter".

    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - "Please Read the Letter".

    "Please Read the Letter" by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss went on to win a Grammy for 2008's Record of the Year.

  • 2008 in music.

    2008 in music.

    Popular music artists in 2008 included Sara Bareilles, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Usher, Jordin Sparks, Ray J, Leona Lewis, Lil Wayne, T.I., Pink, Beyoncé, Natasha Bedingfield, Coldplay, Katy Perry, M.I.A., Kevin Rudolf and Britney Spears.

  • World Economic Crisis.

    World Economic Crisis.

    Throughout 2008, a world economic crisis took hold. Countries fell into recession and stock markets plunged. Icelandic banks went into receivership. Ireland issued a "bank guarantee" and both the EU and the US slipped into recession.

  • The highest paid celebrities in 2008.

    The highest paid celebrities in 2008.

    According to Forbes, the highest paid celebrities in 2008 were Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Jay-Z, The Police, J.K. Rowling, Brad Pitt and Paula Deen.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 2008?

    Who were the best NBA players in 2008?

    In 2008, the best NBA players were Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and Manu Ginóbili.

  • Time Person of the Year 2008.

    Time Person of the Year 2008.

    US President Barack Obama was named as the Time Person of the Year in 2008. In November of 2008, Obama became the first African American to be elected as the president of the United States.

  • Megan Fox.

    Megan Fox.

    American actress Megan Fox was listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 2008.

  • Who were the best football players in 2008?

    Who were the best football players in 2008?

    In 2008, the best soccer players were Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas, Xavi, Andrey Arshavin, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Kaká and Steven Gerrard.

  • 2008 in movies.

    2008 in movies.

    Movies that hit the big screen in 2008 included the likes of The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Kung Fu Panda, Hancock, Mamma Mia!, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Iron Man, Quantum of Solace, WALL-E, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tropic Thunder and Cloverfield.

  • Slumdog Millionaire.

    Slumdog Millionaire.

    "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2008.

  • Online streaming begins to threaten video rental stores.

    Online streaming begins to threaten video rental stores.

    In the late naughties, online video streaming was becoming more and more popular. New services such as Netflix and Hulu were gaining millions of users and video rental stores such as Blockbuster were starting to feel the impact. During this stage, small video stores started to close, while the larger franchises downsized and branched out into selling other products such as cell phones and merchandise.

  • HD TV becomes the norm.

    HD TV becomes the norm.

    In the late naughties, HD TV became the norm and flat screen television sets started to became more affordable.

  • Mobile Internet begins to take off.

    Mobile Internet begins to take off.

    In the later half of "the naughties", more and more people started to use the Internet on their cell phones. This was aided by the roll-out of faster 3G Internet networks and introduction of larger touchscreen phones.

  • Bringing digital cameras to nightclubs and bars.

    Bringing digital cameras to nightclubs and bars.

    In the late 2000s, it was extremely popular for people to bring digital cameras with them on a night out. The next day, they would then upload their photographs to social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. This was before phones came equipped with high quality cameras.

  • Bebo.

    Bebo.

    In countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland, a social network called Bebo was extremely popular in the mid-to-late naughties. Bebo was famous for its quizzes, auto-playing video box, whiteboard, "Bebo Skins" and "Bebo Luv" features.

  • Music stores are going out of business.

    Music stores are going out of business.

    During this period, many music stores were closing their doors for the last time. The ease at which people could download or stream music meant that the business model of selling CDs was no longer viable.

  • Scene kids.

    Scene kids.

    From the mid-2000s to 2010, "scene kids" were a popular subculture. The scene kid fashion consisted of skinny jeans, bright colors and straight hair with long fringes.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 13 years and 7 days have passed since May 12th, 2008.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 2008.
  • Leap Year: 2008 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on May 12th, 2008, will be 13 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 2008 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 1210546800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 12th, 2008.

  • April 13th, 2008: American record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
  • April 18th, 2008: The comedy film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is released in movie theaters.
  • April 19th, 2008: Facebook overtakes rival social network MySpace in the Alexa rankings.
  • April 20th, 2008: Rapper VL Mike is shot dead in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • April 26th, 2008: Soccer: Teddy Sheringham plays his last ever game at the age of 42.
  • April 28th, 2008: Pop star Katy Perry releases her single "I Kissed a Girl".
  • April 29th, 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV is released.
  • April 30th, 2008: Football: Chelsea progress to the Champions League final after defeating Liverpool 3-2 in extra time.
  • April 30th, 2008: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are married.
  • May 2nd, 2008: The movie Iron Man (2008) is released.
  • May 6th, 2008: Irish politics: Bertie Ahern resigns as Taoiseach.
  • May 8th, 2008: Football: It is announced that Pep Guardiola will become the new manager of Barcelona.
  • May 11th, 2008: Manchester United regain their Premier League title after defeating Wigan 2-0 in the final game of the season.
  • This date: May 12th, 2008
  • May 17th, 2008: Portsmouth win the FA Cup final after beating Cardiff City 1-0.
  • May 21st, 2008: The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final is held between Manchester United and Chelsea. Manchester United win on penalties.
  • May 21st, 2008: David Cook wins the 7th season of American Idol.
  • May 24th, 2008: Soccer: Avram Grant is sacked as the manager of Chelsea FC.
  • May 25th, 2008: Coldplay release the song "Viva la Vida".
  • May 30th, 2008: The movie Sex and the City (2008) is released.
  • May 31st, 2008: Usain Bolt breaks the world record for the 100 meter sprint.
  • June 1st, 2008: Zynga release their social media game Mafia Wars.
  • June 2nd, 2008: Jose Mourinho becomes the new manager of Inter Milan.
  • June 4th, 2008: American salesman Travis Alexander is murdered by his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias in Mesa, Arizona.
  • June 6th, 2008: Kung Fu Panda (2008) is released in cinemas.
  • June 7th, 2008: The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship kicks off in Austria and Switzerland.
  • June 7th, 2008: Barack Obama becomes the Democratic Party presidential nominee after Hilary Clinton ends her campaign.
  • June 10th, 2008: Rapper Lil Wayne releases the album Tha Carter III.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 12th, 2008, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 12th, 2008 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Photos of late 2000s fashion.

Photographs of late 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of late 2000s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Real Housewives of New York City - American reality television series.
  • Breaking Bad - Series about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer after he is diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • The Hills - American reality television series. Spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.
  • How I Met Your Mother - Sictom starring Neil Patrick Harris.
  • Bones - Crime comedy-drama TV series.
  • Prison Break - TV serial drama about how one man must save his falsely-accused brother from a death sentence.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - American comedy sitcom.
  • The Office - The US version of The Office, starring Steve Carell as Michael Scott.
  • House - Medical drama starring Hugh Laurie.
  • Battlestar Galactica - Sci-fi series.
  • Desperate Housewives - TV show about housewives living in suburban America.
  • Boston Legal - TV show about a Boston law firm.

Kid's TV shows on May 12th, 2008.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 2008.

  • Wizards of Waverly Place
  • iCarly
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Curious George
  • The Hills
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • Hannah Montana
  • Ben 10
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Go, Diego, Go!
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • LazyTown
  • Peppa Pig
  • One Tree Hill
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy

Popular toys and games in 2008.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 2008.

  • iPod Touch
  • The PlayStation 3
  • The Xbox 360

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV - The fourth game in the series. Starring Niko Bellic in Liberty City.
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - Third person adventure game that was released on the PS3.
  • Assassin's Creed - The first game in the series.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Popular first-person shooter game. The first game in the series to make the shift to a modern time-frame.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode Two - Iconic first-person shooter game that was developed by Valve Corporation.
  • Team Fortress 2 - Team-based game that was developed by Valve Corporation.
  • Portal - Puzzle game developed by Valve.
  • Halo 3 - First-person shooter game that was developed by Bungie. Released for the XBox 360.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 12th of May.

  • May 12th, 1820: Florence Nightingale (Historical figure) (Deceased)
  • May 12th, 1968: Tony Hawk (Skateboarder) turned 40 on this day in 2008.
  • May 12th, 1975: Jonah Lomu (Rugby player) turned 33 on this day in 2008.
  • May 12th, 1981: Rami Malek (Actor) turned 27 on this day in 2008.
  • May 12th, 1988: Marcelo (Brazilian soccer player) turned 20 on this day in 2008.

Weather on May 12th, 2008.

Historical weather information for May 12th, 2008.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 17.4 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 52.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 11.33 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 3.81cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 18.56 degrees Celsius.

US President.

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on May 12th, 2008.

UK Prime Minister.

Gordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 12th, 2008.

Irish Taoiseach.

Brian Cowen was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 12th, 2008.

  • A total of 4,755 days have passed since this date.
  • 679 weeks have passed.
  • 410,832,000 seconds have passed since the May 12th, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 479,304,000 times.
  • Since May 12th, 2008, the earth has travelled approximately 211,989,312,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 68,472,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 35,331,552 steps. That's about 15,703 miles!
  • Since this date, 4,929,984 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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