2008 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

20082008 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

Top Ten Baby Names of 2008:
Emma, Isabella, Emily, Olivia, Ava, Jacob, Michael, Ethan, Joshua, Daniel

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Michelle Geller, Christina Aguilera, Charlize Theron, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, Beyonce, Marissa Miller, Eva Longoria, Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, Hayden Panerriere, Elisha Cuthbert, Eva Mendes, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale

Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
David Beckham, Robert Pattinson, Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Hugh Laurie, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Brad Pitt

“The Quotes:”
“I can see Russia from my house!”
-Comedian Tina Fey, while impersonating Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

“You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick”
-Sarah Palin
“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
-Barack Obama

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:
Barack Obama

Miss America:
Kirsten Haglund

Miss USA:
Crystle Stewart

The Scandals:
John Edwards (D)  admitted having an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter

The 2008 Chinese milk scandal was a food safety incident in the People’s Republic of China, involving milk and infant formula, and other food materials and components, contaminated with melamine. China reported an estimated 300,000 victims.

Democrat New York governor Eliot Spitzer (aka Client #9) had a scandalous, ongoing tryst with escort Ashley Alexandra Dupre.

Pop Culture News:
DNA tests were made available to the public.

The Large Hadron Collider went online September 10, 2008.

The first literal music video uploaded – Take on Me

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2008: $2,700,000

The Habit:
Showing off your Apple iPod nano 8 GB, Arguing over Team Jacob or Team Edward

2008 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
The Stick, The Baby Doll, The Skateboard

1st appearances & 2008’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Lego Star Wars rebel scout speeder, Hannah Montana Holiday Singing Doll

East End Show – Jersey Boys (Musical) Opened on March 18, 2008 and Closed: March 26, 2017

Broadway Show – In the Heights (Musical) Opened on March 30, 2008 and Closed: January 9, 2011

Broadway Show – Billy Elliot the Musical (Musical) Opened on November 13, 2008 and Closed: January 8, 2012

Best Film Oscar Winner:
No Country For Old Men (Presented in 2008)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. The Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
4. Hancock
6. Kung Fu Panda
7. Twilight
8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
9. Quantum of Solace
10. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!

2008 Most Popular TV shows:
1. American Idol Results (Fox)
2. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
3. CSI (CBS)
5. The Mentalist (CBS)
6. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9. Criminal Minds (CBS)
10. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

World Series Champions: Philadelphia Phillies
Superbowl Champions: New York Giants
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf Tiger Woods
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Roger Federer/Serena Williams
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Rafael Nadal/Venus Williams
NCAA Football Champions: Florida
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kansas
Kentucky Derby: Big Brown
World Cup (Soccer): N/A


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