December 12th, 2008, was a Friday. It was day 347 of 2008. The decade was the 2000s.
13 years, 9 months and 17 days have passed since December 12th, 2008.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
What happened on December 12th, 2008?
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 12th, 2008.
These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 12th, 2008.
During this time, the drama film Gran Torino, starring Clint Eastwood, was being shown in movie theaters.
On December 12th, 2008, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on suspicion of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
On December 12th, 2008, the body of missing two-year-old Caylee Anthony was found in a wooded area near her home in Orlando, Florida. Her mother Casey Anthony had been charged with her murder 2 months previously.
At the start of December, 2008, it was officially announced that the United States had fallen into a recession.
The romantic fantasy film "Twilight" was playing in movie theaters at this time.
On November 17th, 2008, the zombie survival FPS game "Left 4 Dead" was released.
At the end of 2008, the post-apocalyptic RPG game "Fallout 3" was released.
A multiplayer social network game called "Mafia Wars" was extremely popular during this period of time. The game was free and could be accessed by anyone with a Facebook or MySpace profile.
Pre-made cartoon comics called "Rage Comics" were beginning to become more and more popular around this time. At the tail-end of 2008, the meme spread from 4chan to websites such as Reddit.
During this period, Facebook experienced massive growth, becoming the most popular social network in the world.
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.
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".
"Please Read the Letter" by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss went on to win a Grammy for 2008's Record of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American actress Megan Fox was listed as FHM's sexiest woman 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.
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.
As online streaming became more and more popular, sales of DVDs started to plummet. Between 2008 and 2014, sales in the USA fell by a whopping 66%.
"Slumdog Millionaire" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2008.
In the late noughties, 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 period, small video stores started to close, while the larger franchises attempted to downsize and branch out into selling other products such as cell phones and merchandise.
In the late noughties, HD TV became the norm and flat screen television sets started to became more affordable.
In the later half of "the noughties", 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.
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.
In countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland, a social network called Bebo was extremely popular in the mid-to-late noughties. Bebo was famous for its quizzes, auto-playing video box, whiteboard, "Bebo Skins" and "Bebo Luv" features.
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.
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.
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Notable events that happened close to December 12th, 2008.
Zodiac and birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching in December, 2008.
Sons of Anarchy
Crime drama series about a biker gang.
Real Housewives of New York City
American reality television series.
Series about a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer after he is diagnosed with lung cancer.
The Big Bang Theory
A sitcom about two physicists called Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper.
Teen drama starring Blake Lively.
Period drama about an advertising agency in New York City.
British TV series about a group of teenagers living in Bristol.
Crime drama series about a serial killer who murders other serial killers.
American reality television series. Spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.
How I Met Your Mother
Sictom starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Crime comedy-drama TV series.
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.
Medical drama television series.
The US version of The Office, starring Steve Carell as Michael Scott.
Medical drama starring Hugh Laurie.
TV show about housewives living in suburban America.
New York City version spin-off of the CSI franchise.
Mystery drama series about a group of plane crash survivors that are stranded on a strange island.
Spin-off of the original Stargate series.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Reality TV show in which houses are renovated during a one-week period.
Crime series about a fictional Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases.
One Tree Hill
Set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina.
Two and a Half Men
Starring Charlie Sheen.
Without a Trace
TV show about the FBI's Missing Persons Squad.
Miami-based spin-off of the popular CSI franchise, starring Lieutenant Horatio Caine.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 2008.
The Suite Life on Deck
Wizards of Waverly Place
Phineas and Ferb
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Everybody Hates Chris
Go, Diego, Go!
One Tree Hill
The Fairly OddParents
Dora the Explorer
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 2008.
The PlayStation 3
The Xbox 360
Popular video games that people were playing in December of 2008.
Left 4 Dead
First-person shooter game involving zombies. Developed by Valve Corporation.
Call of Duty: World at War
Developed by Treyarch. First game in the series to include Nazi Zombies.
Adventure platform game.
Gears of War 2
Third-person shooter that was released for the Xbox 360.
Open-world role-playing game.
Open world RPG.
Sci-fi horror survival game.
Saints Row 2
The second game in the series.
Life simulation game that was released for the PC.
Battlefield: Bad Company
First-person shooter that was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Solid Snake returns in the fourth installment in the series.
Social media game developed by Zynga.
Grand Theft Auto IV
The fourth game in the series. Starring Niko Bellic in Liberty City.
Mario Kart Wii
Kart racing game.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
The seventh release in the Rainbow Six series.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Crossover fighting game for the Nintendo Wii.
Open world racing game.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Music rhythm game.
World in Conflict
FPS developed by 2K Boston and 2K Australia.
Sport simulation released for the Nintendo Wii.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 12th.
Historical weather information for December 12th, 2008.
George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on December 12th, 2008.
Gordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 12th, 2008.
Brian Cowen was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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