December 31st, 2008

December 31st, 2008, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 366 of 2008. The decade was the 2000s.

12 years, 0 months and 16 days have passed since December 31st, 2008.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 31st, 2008:

  • 15-year-old Irish girl Amy Fitzpatrick goes missing in Malaga, Spain.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 31st, 2008:

  • United States: Single Ladies - Beyonce
  • United Kingdom: Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke

Movie Box Office

What movie was on top of the box office?

  • The movie "Marley and Me" was at the top of the box office on this date.

Take Me Back!

The date is December 31st, 2008 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's News Years Eve and everyone is looking forward to what the year 2009 will bring them.

In America, the song Single Ladies by Beyonce is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke is the number one hit song. George W. Bush Jnr. is currently the President of the United States and the movie Marley and Me 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Dora the Explorer", "Lost", "Desperate Housewives" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots", "Fallout 3", "Mirror's Edge" and "Left 4 Dead".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "One Tree Hill", "Peppa Pig", "The Hills" and "Phineas and Ferb". Popular toys include the likes of "Xbox 360", "PlayStation 3", "iPod Touch" and "WALL-E toys".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 31st, 2008.

  • 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.

  • 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 is becoming popular online.

  • 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, 0 months and 16 days have passed since December 31st, 2008.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 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 31st, 2008, will be 12 years of age.
  • People born in 2008 belong to the "Generation Z" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 1230681600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 31st, 2008:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 31st, 2008, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 31st, 2008 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.

2008 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

2008 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 2008:

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

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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 and historical figures that were born on the 31st of December:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December:

  • New Year's Eve

Weather

Weather information for December 31st, 2008:

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 5.5 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a cloudy day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 21.3 degrees Fahrenheit. -5.94 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Snow was reported. Precipitation: 7.62cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: -0.06 degrees Celsius.

US President

Who was the US President on December 31st, 2008?

  • George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 2008?

  • Gordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Brian Cowen was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 2008 was probably conceived around the 23rd of March, 2008. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 2008 is the 10th of October, 2009. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 2008.

  • 4,399 days have passed since this date.
  • 380,073,600 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 443,419,200 times.
  • Since December 31st, 2008, earth has travelled approximately 196,117,977,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 63,345,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 32,686,330 steps. That's about 14,527 miles!
  • Since this date, 4,560,883 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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