May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008, was a Thursday. It was 16 years and 9 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

Notable events that occurred on May 15, 2008:

  • The state of California legalizes same-sex marriage.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 15, 2008:

  • United States: "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
  • United Kingdom: "4 Minutes" by Madonna

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 15, 2008

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
  • Lollipop - Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
  • No Air - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
  • 4 Minutes - Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
  • Love In This Club - Usher Featuring Young Jeezy
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Iron Man

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Iron Man" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date occurred 5,853 days ago. Approximately 195 months have passed. It was the 136th day of 2008, in week 20. The decade was the 2000s. People who were born on May 15, 2008, are now 16 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 2008 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. We have gone through approximately 65 seasons of weather since this date.

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The date is May 15, 2008, and it's a Thursday. 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. The school year is nearly finished.

In America, the song "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis is at the top of the singles charts, while "4 Minutes" by Madonna is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Jnr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Iron Man is at the top of the box office. Gordon Brown is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "ER", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", and "The Inbetweeners". Practically every teenager and adult has a MySpace or 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-framed 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 growing social network called Facebook is beginning to steal users away from MySpace and Bebo. Video rental stores such as Blockbuster are struggling to compete with 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as George Carlin, Bernie Mac, John Costelloe, and Test would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "BioShock", "Portal", "Team Fortress 2", and "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "SpongeBob SquarePants", "One Tree Hill", "Phineas and Ferb", and "Bakugan Battle Brawlers". Children are playing with toys such as the Xbox 360, Roboraptor, iPod Touch, and Kid-Tough Digital Camera.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 15, 2008.

  • Eurovision 2008.

    Eurovision 2008

    The 2008 Eurovision song contest was held in Belgrade, Serbia. Russia won the contest with the song "Believe" by Dima Bilan.
  • Are Rihanna and Chris Brown a couple?

    Are Rihanna and Chris Brown a couple?

    In May of 2008, tabloid speculation about the relationship of singers Rihanna and Chris Brown went into overdrive. Although the pair denied it at the time, more and more paparazzi snaps of them being affectionate towards each other started to appear in the media.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe begins.

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe begins

    The film Iron Man was playing in movie theaters in May 2008. People didn't know it at the time, but this was just the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a multi-billion dollar media franchise that has released dozens of films.
  • The rise of Facebook.

    The rise of Facebook

    Facebook experienced massive growth and became the largest 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.
  • Josef Fritzl.

    Josef Fritzl

    Josef Fritzl's case was receiving widespread news coverage. At the end of April 2008, the Austrian man was arrested after it emerged that he had imprisoned his daughter in his basement for 24 years. He also sexually abused her, which resulted in her giving birth to seven children.
  • The fall of MySpace.

    The fall of MySpace

    MySpace began to hemorrhage users in 2008. At the time, millions of users were leaving each month, with most of them migrating over to a newer and "cooler" social network called Facebook.
  • The Rickroll.

    The Rickroll

    In 2008, a "bait and switch" meme called Rickrolling became 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

    A world economic crisis took hold throughout 2008. This was a bleak year for many, as countries fell into recession, stock markets plunged, businesses were forced to close, and a lot of people lost their jobs. Sadly, many families were also forced to give up their homes.
  • 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 Time Person of the Year in 2008. In November 2008, he became the first African American to be elected President of the United States.
  • Megan Fox.

    Megan Fox

    American actress Megan Fox was listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 2008.
  • Best soccer players in the world.

    Best soccer players in the world

    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.
  • DVD sales are plummeting.

    DVD sales are plummeting

    DVD sales were beginning to plummet as people were switching to online streaming platforms. Between 2008 and 2014, sales in the USA fell by a whopping 66%.
  • 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

    Online video streaming was becoming increasingly popular. New services such as Netflix and Hulu were gaining millions of users, and video rental stores such as Blockbuster were struggling to stay afloat. As sales and rentals declined, small video stores started closing. Meanwhile, the larger franchises attempted to downsize and branch out into selling other products, such as cellphones and merchandise.
  • HD TV becomes the norm.

    HD TV becomes the norm

    HD TV quickly became the norm during this time, as flat-screen televisions were starting to fall in price.
  • Mobile Internet begins to take off.

    Mobile Internet begins to take off

    Internet access on cellphones became common in the late 2000s. This transition was aided by the rollout of faster 3G Internet networks and the introduction of larger touchscreen phones. Although many phones had Internet features at the start of the decade, they were often awkward and costly to use.
  • Bringing digital cameras to nightclubs and bars.

    Bringing digital cameras to nightclubs and bars

    During the 2000s, people often brought digital cameras with them to clubs and bars. The following day, they would upload their photographs to social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo. Although most phones had cameras, their picture quality was bad, especially in darker settings such as nightclubs.
  • Bebo.


    By this stage, a new social network called Bebo had become a huge hit in countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand. 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

    Many music stores were closing their doors for the last time. The ease of downloading and streaming music meant that the business model of selling CDs was quickly becoming nonviable.
  • Scene kids.

    Scene kids

    "Scene Kids" became a big subculture in the latter half of the decade. Their fashion consisted of skinny jeans, bright colors, and straight hair with long fringes.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 15, 2008.

  • April 18, 2008: The comedy film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is released in movie theaters.
  • April 19, 2008: Facebook overtakes rival social network MySpace in the Alexa rankings.
  • April 20, 2008: Rapper VL Mike is shot dead in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • April 25, 2008: The Script releases their single "We Cry".
  • April 26, 2008:
    • Soccer: Teddy Sheringham plays his last ever game at the age of 42.
    • Austrian man Josef Fritzl is arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, rape, manslaughter by negligence and incest.
  • April 28, 2008: Pop star Katy Perry releases her single "I Kissed a Girl".
  • April 29, 2008: Grand Theft Auto IV is released.
  • April 30, 2008:
    • Football: Chelsea progress to the Champions League final after defeating Liverpool 3-2 in extra time.
    • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are married.
  • May 1, 2008: The first episode of the British teen sitcom "The Inbetweeners" is aired on E4.
  • May 2, 2008: The movie Iron Man (2008) is released.
  • May 6, 2008: Irish politics: Bertie Ahern resigns as Taoiseach.
  • May 8, 2008: Football: It is announced that Pep Guardiola will become the new manager of Barcelona.
  • May 11, 2008: Manchester United regain their Premier League title after defeating Wigan 2-0 in the final game of the season.
  • May 12, 2008:
    • Jennifer Butler files for divorce from actor Bill Murray.
    • An 8.0 magnitude earthquake results in nearly 70,000 deaths in Sichuan, China.
  • This date: May 15, 2008
  • May 16, 2008: The Montel Williams Show comes to an end after 16 years.
  • May 17, 2008: Portsmouth win the FA Cup final after beating Cardiff City 1-0.
  • May 21, 2008:
    • Manchester United win the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final after beating Chelsea on penalties.
    • David Cook wins the 7th season of American Idol.
  • May 24, 2008: Soccer: Avram Grant is sacked as the manager of Chelsea FC.
  • May 25, 2008: Coldplay release the song "Viva la Vida".
  • May 30, 2008: The movie Sex and the City (2008) is released.
  • May 31, 2008: Usain Bolt breaks the world record for the 100 meter sprint.
  • June 1, 2008: Zynga release their social media game Mafia Wars.
  • June 2, 2008: Jose Mourinho becomes the new manager of Inter Milan.
  • June 4, 2008: American salesman Travis Alexander is murdered by his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias in Mesa, Arizona.
  • June 6, 2008: Kung Fu Panda (2008) is released in cinemas.
  • June 7, 2008:
    • The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship kicks off in Austria and Switzerland.
    • Barack Obama becomes the Democratic Party presidential nominee after Hilary Clinton ends her campaign.
  • June 8, 2008: Seven people are killed during a stabbing spree in Akihabara, Japan.
  • June 10, 2008: Rapper Lil Wayne releases the album Tha Carter III.
  • June 12, 2008:
    • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is released for the PlayStation 3.
    • Ron Paul withdraws his bid for the Republican nomination for the 2008 US presidential election.
    • Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney marries Coleen McLoughlin.
  • June 13, 2008: The Incredible Hulk (2008) is released.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 15, 2008, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 15, 2008 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

Late 2000s fashion

Photographs of late 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 2000s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 15, 2008

TV audiences were watching the following shows on May 15, 2008:

TV shows from May 2008.

The Inbetweeners
The Inbetweeners
Real Housewives of New York City
Real Housewives of New York City
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl
Mad Men
Mad Men
Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in May 2008

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place

Phineas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb
Horrid Henry
Horrid Henry
Mr. Meaty
Mr. Meaty
Curious George
Curious George
The Hills
The Hills
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana

Toys in 2008

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Digi Makeover
Digi Makeover
FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony
FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony
Kid-Tough Digital Camera
Kid-Tough Digital Camera
Fast Talkin' Lightning McQueen
Fast Talkin' Lightning McQueen
Air Hogs RC Storm Launcher
Air Hogs RC Storm Launcher
Pirates of the Caribbean ship
Pirates of the Caribbean ship
Lil Luvables Fluffy Factory
Lil Luvables Fluffy Factory
Gross Out Doodle Monster
Gross Out Doodle Monster
Moon Sand
Moon Sand
iPod Touch
iPod Touch
Iggle Piggle
Iggle Piggle
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in May 2008.

Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto IV
Mario Kart Wii 2008
Mario Kart Wii
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Burnout Paradise 2008
Burnout Paradise
Rock Band 2007
Rock Band
Mass Effect 2007
Mass Effect
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 2007
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Assassin's Creed 2007
Assassin's Creed
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 2007
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008
Super Mario Galaxy 2007
Super Mario Galaxy
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Were you born on May 15, 2008?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 2008.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 15, 2014, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 15.

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

American Football player
Born on May 15, 1975
He turned 33 on this day in 2008.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Born on May 15, 1981
She turned 27 on this day in 2008.

Jessica Sutta

Jessica Sutta

The Pussycat Dolls
Born on May 15, 1982
She turned 26 on this day in 2008.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Tennis player
Born on May 15, 1987
He turned 21 on this day in 2008.

Lil Huddy

Lil Huddy

Social media personality
Born on May 15, 2002
He turned 6 on this day in 2008.



National holidays and famous events that fall on May 15:


US President

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on May 15, 2008.


UK Prime Minister

Gordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Brian Cowen was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 15, 2008 was most likely conceived around August 23, 2007.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 15, 2008 is close to February 5, 2009.

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Stats for May 15, 2008


Here are some interesting statistics about May 15, 2008:

  • 5,853 days have passed since this date.
  • 836 weeks have passed.
  • 505,699,200 seconds have passed since May 15, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 589,982,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 260,940,787,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 84,283,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 43,490,131 steps. That's roughly 19,329 miles.
  • 6,068,390 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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