November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008, was a Thursday. It was 15 years, 8 months, and 3 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on November 20, 2008:

  • The Dow Jones reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • "The Hills" stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are married.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 20, 2008:

  • United States: "Live Your Life" by T.I. & Rihanna
  • United Kingdom: "Hero" by X-Factor Finalists

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 20, 2008

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Live Your Life - T.I. Featuring Rihanna
  • Whatever You Like - T.I.
  • So What - P!nk
  • Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
  • If I Were A Boy - Beyonce
Play the top songs from 2008
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Quantum of Solace

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Quantum of Solace".


This date was 5,725 days ago. Approximately 191 months have passed. It was the 325th day of 2008, in week 47. The decade was the 2000s. The start of 2009 was just 41 days away. 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. 64 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to November 20, 2008

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Thursday, November 20, 2008. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Scorpio. It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder.

In America, the song "Live Your Life" by T.I. & Rihanna is at the top of the singles charts, while "Hero" by X-Factor Finalists is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Jnr. is the President of the United States, and the movie Quantum of Solace 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 has just been elected as the new President of the United States after defeating John McCain.

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 "ER", "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", "Gossip Girl", and "Breaking Bad". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Rock Band", "Spore", "Saints Row 2", and "Fable II".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Caillou", "LazyTown", "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse", and "WordGirl". Popular toys at the moment include iPod Touch, Lil Luvables Fluffy Factory, FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony, and Hannah Montana Malibu Beach House.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on November 20, 2008.

  • Left 4 Dead is released.

    Left 4 Dead is released

    On November 17th, 2008, the zombie survival FPS game "Left 4 Dead" was released.
  • The Eurozone dips into recession.

    The Eurozone dips into recession

    In November 2008, it was announced that the Eurozone had fallen into a recession.
  • Obama is elected.

    Obama is elected

    On November 4th, 2008, Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama became the first African American president of the United States after he defeated Republican challenger John McCain.
  • Fallout 3 is released.

    Fallout 3 is released

    The post-apocalyptic RPG game "Fallout 3" was released around this time.
  • Mafia Wars.

    Mafia Wars

    A multiplayer social network game called "Mafia Wars" was all the rage. The game was free and could be accessed by anyone with a Facebook or MySpace profile.
  • 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

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to November 20, 2008.

  • October 22, 2008: Irish politics: 15,000 pensioners protest against proposals to mean-test medical cards.
  • October 24, 2008:
    • The movie Changeling (2008) is released.
    • Bloody Friday: World stock exchanges experience one of the worst declines in their history.
    • Iceland receives a bailout package from the IMF.
  • October 26, 2008:
    • Soccer: Harry Redknapp becomes the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
    • Soccer: Liverpool end Chelsea's 86 match unbeaten run at home.
  • October 27, 2008: A short squeeze causes shares of Volskwagen to increase by 149%.
  • October 28, 2008:
    • The video game "Fallout 3" is released.
    • It is reported that 500,000 mortgage holders in the United Kingdom are now in negative equity.
  • October 31, 2008: The James Bond movie Quantum of Solace (2008) is released.
  • November 2, 2008: Lewis Hamilton wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship.
  • November 4, 2008: Barack Obama is elected as the new President of the United States.
  • November 6, 2008: The IMF predicts a worldwide recession.
  • November 7, 2008: The game "Gears of War 2" is released for the Xbox 360.
  • November 10, 2008: Serial killer Arthur Shawcross dies in prison.
  • November 11, 2008: Call of Duty: World at War is released.
  • November 13, 2008: Germany enters a recession.
  • November 14, 2008: The Eurozone dips into recession.
  • November 15, 2008: Brock Lesnar defeats Randy Couture at UFC 91.
  • November 17, 2008:
    • The game "Left 4 Dead" is released.
    • Japan goes into recession.
  • November 19, 2008: American college student Abraham Biggs livestreams his own suicide on
  • This date: November 20, 2008
  • November 21, 2008: The movie Twilight (2008) is released in cinemas.
  • November 25, 2008: The series finale of "The Shield" is aired on FX.
  • November 26, 2008: 166 people are killed when a terrorist group carries out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
  • December 1, 2008: The National Bureau of Economic Research announces that the United States has been in recession since December of 2007.
  • December 2, 2008: Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded the 2008 Ballon d'Or.
  • December 4, 2008: Wrestler Steve Bradley is found dead.
  • December 5, 2008:
    • EastEnders actor Joe Swash wins the UK version of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!".
    • O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.
    • The remains of Russian emperor Tsar Nicholas II are formally identified.
    • British singer Boy George is convicted of assaulting and falsely imprisoning a Norwegian model and male escort in April of 2007.
  • December 6, 2008:
    • Boxing: Tyson Fury makes his professional debut in a win over Béla Gyöngyösi.
    • Comedy sketch group "The Lonely Island" release their single "Jizz in My Pants".
    • Boxing: Manny Pacquiao defeats Oscar De La Hoya via an 8th round TKO.
  • December 9, 2008:
    • English singer Lily Allen releases her single "The Fear".
    • Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is arrested on suspicion of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
  • December 11, 2008:
    • The remains of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee are discovered in a wooded area near her house.
    • Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with fraud.
    • Sony releases the virtual 3D social gaming platform "PlayStation Home".
  • December 12, 2008:
    • Gran Torino (2008) is released.
    • It is announced that Russia has fallen into recession.
  • December 13, 2008: Alexandra Burke wins The X Factor.
  • December 14, 2008: An Iraqi journalist throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush.
  • December 17, 2008: The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke releases her cover of the song "Hallelujah".
  • December 19, 2008: The movie Seven Pounds (2008), starring Will Smith, is released in cinemas.
  • December 20, 2008: Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup are crowned as the winners of Strictly Come Dancing.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 20, 2008, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 20, 2008 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

Late 2000s fashion

Photographs of late 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Late 2000s fashion

Television shows

TV series on November 20, 2008

People in November 2008 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from November 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 November 20, 2008

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

The Suite Life on Deck
The Suite Life on Deck
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

Popular toys and games in 2008

Toys and games that were popular in 2008:

Hannah Montana Malibu Beach House
Hannah Montana Malibu Beach House
WALL-E toys
WALL-E toys
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in November 2008.

Left 4 Dead 2008
Left 4 Dead
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Call of Duty: World at War
Mirror's Edge 2008
Mirror's Edge
Gears of War 2 2008
Gears of War 2
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout 3
Fable II 2008
Fable II
Dead Space 2008
Dead Space
Saints Row 2 2008
Saints Row 2
FIFA 09 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

Were you born on November 20, 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 November 20, 2014, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on November 20.

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

American politician Deceased
Born on November 20, 1925
He was not alive on this date.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

US President
Born on November 20, 1942
He turned 66 on this day in 2008.

Mike D

Mike D

Beastie Boys
Born on November 20, 1965
He turned 43 on this day in 2008.

Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh

Girls Aloud
Born on November 20, 1981
She turned 27 on this day in 2008.


US President

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on November 20, 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 November 20, 2008 was most likely conceived around February 28, 2008.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 20, 2008 is close to August 13, 2009.

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Stats for November 20, 2008


Here are some interesting statistics about November 20, 2008:

  • 5,725 days have passed since this date.
  • 817 weeks have passed.
  • 494,636,400 seconds have passed since November 20, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 577,075,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 255,232,382,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 82,439,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 42,538,730 steps. That's roughly 18,906 miles.
  • 5,935,637 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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