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December 17th, 2008.

December 17th, 2008, was a Wednesday. It was day 352 of 2008. The decade was the 2000s.

12 years, 4 months and 19 days have passed since December 17th, 2008.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 17th, 2008?

  • The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke releases her cover of the song "Hallelujah".

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 2008.

  • United States: Live Your Life - T.I. & Rihanna
  • United Kingdom: Run - Leona Lewis

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was at the top of the box office on December 17th, 2008.

Take me back to December 17th, 2008!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 17th, 2008 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 2008 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Live Your Life by T.I. & Rihanna is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Run by Leona Lewis is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Jnr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still 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 social network called Facebook is beginning to surge in popularity, replacing the likes of MySpace.

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 "Scrubs", "One Tree Hill", "Battlestar Galactica" and "Bones". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Saints Row 2", "Dead Space", "Call of Duty: World at War" and "Left 4 Dead".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "LazyTown", "Everybody Hates Chris", "Hannah Montana" and "Wizards of Waverly Place". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, iPod Touch and WALL-E toys.

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 December 17th, 2008.

  • 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.

  • Slumdog Millionaire.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Megan Fox.

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

  • Time Person of the Year 2008.

    US President Barack Obama was given the title of Time Person of the Year 2008. In November of 2008, Obama was elected as the first African American president of the United States.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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".

  • 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.

  • Facebook.

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

  • The birth of Rage Comics.

    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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 12 years, 4 months and 19 days have passed since December 17th, 2008.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 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 December 17th, 2008, will be 12 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 2008 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 1229472000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 17th, 2008.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 17th, 2008, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • 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: December 17th, 2008 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.

  • Sons of Anarchy - Crime drama series about a biker gang.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 17th, 2008.

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

  • The Suite Life on Deck
  • 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!
  • LazyTown
  • Peppa Pig
  • One Tree Hill
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Dora the Explorer

Popular toys and games in 2008.

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

  • WALL-E toys
  • iPod Touch
  • The PlayStation 3
  • The Xbox 360

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.
  • Mirror's Edge - Adventure platform game.
  • Fallout 3 - Open-world role-playing game.
  • Dead Space - Sci-fi horror survival game.
  • Saints Row 2 - The second game in the series.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Solid Snake returns in the fourth installment in the series.
  • Mafia Wars - Social media game developed by Zynga.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV - The fourth game in the series. Starring Niko Bellic in Liberty City.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of December.

Weather on December 17th, 2008.

Historical weather information for December 17th, 2008.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 11.0 degrees Celsius. It rained a bit (mist or a shower or two). It was a windy day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 27.7 degrees Fahrenheit. -2.39 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 11.43cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 5.5 degrees Celsius. Rain fell. Precipitation: 1.02cm.

US President.

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on December 17th, 2008.

UK Prime Minister.

Gordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 2008.

Irish Taoiseach.

Brian Cowen was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 17th, 2008 was most likely conceived around the 9th of March, 2008.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 2008 is close to the 26th of September, 2009.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 2008.

  • A total of 4,523 days have passed since this date.
  • 646 weeks have passed.
  • 390,783,600 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 455,914,200 times.
  • Since December 17th, 2008, the earth has travelled approximately 201,644,337,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 65,130,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 33,607,390 steps. That's about 14,937 miles!
  • Since this date, 4,689,403 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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