September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008, was a Thursday. It was 15 years, 8 months, and 11 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on September 18, 2008:

  • Financial crisis: Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke and US secretary of the treasury Henry Paulson warn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that credit markets are close to a complete meltdown.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on September 18, 2008:

  • United States: "Whatever You Like" by T.I.
  • United Kingdom: "Sex On Fire" by Kings of Leon

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 18, 2008

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Whatever You Like - T.I.
  • Disturbia - Rihanna
  • So What - P!nk
  • Forever - Chris Brown
  • Paper Planes - M.I.A.
Play the top songs from 2008
A Spotify playlist of songs from 2008. Let us take you back to the peak days of Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Basshunter.
Burn After Reading

Top movie

The movie "Burn After Reading" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 5,732 days ago. Approximately 191 months have passed. It was the 262nd day of 2008, in week 38. The decade was the 2000s. People born on this day are currently 15 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. 2008 had 366 days because it was a leap year. We have gone through approximately 64 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to September 18, 2008

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, September 18, 2008. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves.

The earthy smells of autumn have started to fill the air. In America, the song "Whatever You Like" by T.I. is at the top of the singles charts, while "Sex On Fire" by Kings of Leon is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Jnr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Burn After Reading is at the top of the box office.

Gordon Brown is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Practically every teenager and adult has a MySpace or Bebo account. 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.

Barack Obama and John McCain are currently facing off against each other in the lead-up to the 2008 US Presidential Election. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as John Costelloe, Test, Natasha Richardson, and Jade Goody would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Ugly Betty", "Friday Night Lights", and "Gossip Girl".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Halo 3", "FIFA 08", "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock", and "Mass Effect". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Postcards from Buster", "Go, Diego, Go!", "Ben 10", and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse". Popular toys at the moment include Bionicle LEGO, the Xbox 360, Floam, and Kid-Tough Digital Camera.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 18, 2008.

  • The birth of Rage Comics.

    The birth of Rage Comics

    Pre-made cartoon comics called "Rage Comics" were starting to become popular. By the end of 2008, the meme had spread from 4chan to websites such as Reddit.
  • The rise of Facebook.

    The rise of Facebook

    Facebook experienced massive growth and became the largest social network in the world.
  • 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on September 18, 2008.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to September 18, 2008.

  • August 20, 2008: 154 people lose their lives after Spanair Flight 5022 crashes during takeoff in Madrid, Spain.
  • August 21, 2008: English singer Kerry Katona is declared bankrupt after failing to pay a tax bill.
  • August 22, 2008: Barack Obama announces Joe Biden as his running mate for the 2008 US presidential election.
  • August 23, 2008: Dr. Dre's son Andre Young Jr. dies from an overdose of heroin and morphine.
  • August 28, 2008: Bloomberg mistakenly publishes a premature obituary for Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
  • August 29, 2008: John McCain announces Sarah Palin as his running mate for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.
  • August 31, 2008: Jordan Ratcliffe (16) goes missing in Manchester, England.
  • September 1, 2008:
    • The Abu Dhabi United Group purchases football club Manchester City from former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
    • Soccer: Dimitar Berbatov joins Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur.
    • It is confirmed that former Big Brother contestant Jade Goody has cervical cancer.
    • Real Madrid star Robinho signs for Manchester City.
  • September 2, 2008: The browser Google Chrome is released.
  • September 4, 2008: Football: Kevin Keegan resigns as manager of Newcastle United after a second spell in charge.
  • September 5, 2008:
    • Rachel Rice wins the 9th season of the reality TV series "Big Brother" (UK).
    • The Kings of Leon release their song "Sex on Fire".
  • September 7, 2008:
    • "Piece of Me" by Britney Spears wins Video of the Year at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
    • The United States Government takes control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    • The first episode of the fantasy horror series "True Blood" is aired on HBO.
  • September 10, 2008: The Large Hadron Collider is powered up for the first time.
  • September 12, 2008:
    • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) is released in cinemas.
    • 25 people are killed when two trains collide in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.
    • Rapper Nate Dogg suffers a second stroke.
  • September 13, 2008: 30 people are killed after five synchronized bombs detonate in Delhi, India.
  • September 15, 2008:
    • The website Stack Overflow is launched.
    • Financial crisis: Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • September 16, 2008:
    • The emails of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are hacked.
    • Financial crisis: The Federal Reserve bails out the finance and insurance corporation "American International Group".
  • This date: September 18, 2008
  • September 20, 2008: The MMORPG video game "Pixie Hollow" is released.
  • September 21, 2008:
    • A global economic crises continues to loom as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley become bank holding companies.
    • Golf: The United States wins the 2008 Ryder Cup at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • September 23, 2008:
    • The song "Live Your Life" is released by rapper T.I. and R&B singer Rihanna.
    • The single "Poker Face" is released by Lady Gaga.
    • Android is released.
  • September 25, 2008: Ireland enters recession for the first time in over two decades.
  • September 26, 2008:
    • Actor Paul Newman dies at the age of 83.
    • Financial crisis: Savings bank "Washington Mutual" collapses following a bank run.
  • September 27, 2008: Soccer: Hull City pull off a shock 2-1 win over Arsenal.
  • September 29, 2008: Financial crisis: Stock markets witness a large drop after the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008" is rejected by Congress.
  • September 30, 2008: The Irish government issues a "blanket bank guarantee".
  • October 3, 2008: Britney Spears releases the song "Womanizer".
  • October 7, 2008: Icelandic banks Landsbanki and Glitnir go into receivership.
  • October 10, 2008:
    • Singapore officially enters recession.
    • Financial crisis: The US stock market witnesses one of its worst weeks on record.
  • October 11, 2008: The head of the IMF warns that the world economic system is teetering on the brink of collapse.
  • October 12, 2008: Samuel Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber) asks Barack Obama about his tax plan.
  • October 13, 2008: Beyoncé releases the song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".
  • October 14, 2008:
    • Casey Anthony is charged with murdering her daughter.
    • Irish politics: Fianna Fáil's Brian Lenihan delivers "the toughest" government budget "in many years".
  • October 15, 2008:
    • Elon Musk becomes the new CEO of Tesla.
    • Financial Crisis: The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops by 7.87%.
  • October 18, 2008: Russell Brand Show prank call controversy: Comedians Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross make a series of lewd voicemails to 78-year-old actor Andrew Sachs.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 18, 2008, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 18, 2008 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Late 2000s fashion

Photographs of late 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 2000s fashion

Television shows

TV series on September 18, 2008

People in September 2008 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from September 2008.

True Blood
True Blood
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
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
Children TV shows

Kids TV shows on September 18, 2008

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 2008:

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

Popular toys and games in 2008

Toys and games that were popular in 2008:

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 September 2008.

Spore 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Mafia Wars 2008
Mafia Wars
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

Were you born on September 18, 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 September 18, 2014, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 18.

Gerry Bamman

Gerry Bamman

Born on September 18, 1941
He turned 67 on this day in 2008.

John McAfee

John McAfee

Computer programmer Deceased
Born on September 18, 1945
He turned 63 on this day in 2008.

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Actor Deceased
Born on September 18, 1961
He turned 47 on this day in 2008.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Born on September 18, 1971
She turned 37 on this day in 2008.



Rapper / Television host
Born on September 18, 1974
He turned 34 on this day in 2008.



Brazilian soccer player
Born on September 18, 1976
He turned 32 on this day in 2008.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Soccer player
Born on September 18, 1998
He turned 10 on this day in 2008.


US President

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on September 18, 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 September 18, 2008 was most likely conceived around December 27, 2007.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 18, 2008 is close to June 11, 2009.

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Stats for September 18, 2008


Here are some interesting statistics about September 18, 2008:

  • 5,732 days have passed since this date.
  • 818 weeks have passed.
  • 495,244,800 seconds have passed since September 18, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 577,785,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 255,546,316,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 82,540,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 42,591,053 steps. That's roughly 18,929 miles.
  • 5,942,938 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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