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December 31st, 2008.

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

12 years, 6 months and 22 days have passed since December 31st, 2008.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on December 31st, 2008?

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

Music charts.

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
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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.
Marley and Me

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Marley and Me" was at the top of the box office on December 31st, 2008.

Take me back to December 31st, 2008!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

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. 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 social network called Facebook is beginning to surge in popularity, replacing the likes of MySpace. Video rental stores such as Blockbuster are currently struggling to keep their heads above water. This is due to the popularity of new 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "King of the Hill", "House", "The Office" and "Sons of Anarchy". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Grand Theft Auto IV", "Mafia Wars", "Mirror's Edge" and "Left 4 Dead". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Go, Diego, Go!", "Everybody Hates Chris", "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and "The Suite Life on Deck".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Xbox 360, Iggle Piggle, 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 31st, 2008.

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    At the end of 2008, the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was released in movie theaters.

  • Gran Torino is playing in movie theaters.

    Gran Torino is playing in movie theaters.

    During this time, the drama film Gran Torino, starring Clint Eastwood, was being shown in movie theaters.

  • Left 4 Dead is released.

    Left 4 Dead is released.

    On November 17th, 2008, the zombie survival FPS game "Left 4 Dead" was released.

  • Fallout 3 is released.

    Fallout 3 is released.

    At the end of 2008, the post-apocalyptic RPG game "Fallout 3" was released.

  • Mafia Wars.

    Mafia Wars.

    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.

  • The birth of Rage Comics.

    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.

  • The rise of Facebook.

    The rise of Facebook.

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

  • The fall of MySpace.

    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.

  • The Rickroll.

    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".

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • Megan Fox.

    Megan Fox.

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

  • Who were the best football players in 2008?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    In the late naughties, 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 stage, small video stores started to close, while the larger franchises downsized and branched out into selling other products such as cell phones and merchandise.

  • HD TV becomes the norm.

    HD TV becomes the norm.

    In the late naughties, HD TV became the norm and flat screen television sets started to became more affordable.

  • Mobile Internet begins to take off.

    Mobile Internet begins to take off.

    In the later half of "the naughties", 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.

  • Bringing digital cameras to nightclubs and bars.

    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.

  • Bebo.

    Bebo.

    In countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland, a social network called Bebo was extremely popular in the mid-to-late naughties. 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.

    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.

  • Scene kids.

    Scene kids.

    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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 12 years, 6 months and 22 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.
  • Generation: 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.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • 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 that was discovered in 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CSI: NY - New York City version spin-off of the CSI franchise.
  • Lost - Mystery drama series about a group of plane crash survivors that are stranded on a strange island.
  • Stargate Atlantis - Spin-off of the original Stargate series.
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Reality TV show in which houses are renovated during a one-week period.
  • Cold Case - 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 31st, 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
  • Iggle Piggle
  • 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.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out December 31st, 2014 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.

Anthony Hopkins

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1937
He turned 71 on this day in 2008.

Alex Ferguson

Soccer manager.
Born on December 31st, 1941
He turned 67 on this day in 2008.

John Denver

American singer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1943
He was not alive on this date.

Val Kilmer

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1959
He turned 49 on this day in 2008.

John Allen Muhammad

Convicted murderer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1960
He turned 48 on this day in 2008.

Psy

South Korean singer.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He turned 31 on this day in 2008.

Donald Trump Jr.

American businessman.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He turned 31 on this day in 2008.

Holidays.

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

  • New Year's Eve

Weather on December 31st, 2008.

Historical 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.

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on December 31st, 2008.

UK Prime Minister.

Gordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 2008.

Irish Taoiseach.

Brian Cowen was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 2008 was most likely conceived around the 23rd of March, 2008.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 2008 is close to the 10th of October, 2009.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 4,587 days have passed since this date.
  • 655 weeks have passed.
  • 396,313,200 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 2008.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 462,365,400 times.
  • Since December 31st, 2008, the earth has travelled approximately 204,497,611,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 66,052,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 34,082,935 steps. That's about 15,148 miles!
  • Since this date, 4,755,758 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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