2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. The year is usually pronounced as "two thousand and eight"; however, some people prefer "twenty oh-eight" (as per the convention for 1908) or simply as "oh-eight".
2008 has been designated as:
- International Year of Planet Earth;
- European Year of Intercultural Dialogue;
- Australian Year of the Scout;
- International Year of the Potato;
- International Year of Sanitation.
Predicted and scheduled events
- January – The iPhone by Apple Inc. is released in Canada
- January – Building for the new Liverpool Arena should be completed.
- January – The Andean Community and Mercosur will fully integrate into the Union of South American Nations.
- January 1 – Cyprus, Malta and Akrotiri and Dhekelia adopt the euro.
- January 1 – Slovenia will start the presidency of European Union as the first of new member states.
- January 1 – The Venezuelan bolívar is expected, as a result of a government decree issued on March 7, 2007, to be revalued at a ratio of 1 to 1000 and renamed the bolívar fuerte (ISO 4217 code: VEF).
- January 3– Iowa Presidential Caucus
- January 5 – Early presidential elections will be held in Georgia.
- January 8 – General election to be held in Pakistan.
- January 10 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis is to lift off on mission STS-122 to add the European built Columbus science laboratory to the International Space Station.
- January 11 – The version 4 of the graphical interface KDE is expected to be released.
- January 11 – Sudip Nandi takes up a chief executive of Wipro’s Telecom & Product Engineering Solutions
- January (14 – 27) – 2008 Australian Open Tennis Championships at Melbourne Park.
- January 21 – Scheduled opening ceremony of the 2008 African Cup of Nations to be held in Ghana.
- January 25 – Scheduled opening day of Techfest to be held at IIT Bombay in India.
- January 26 – Bishop Wim Eijk is to be installed as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht.
- January 30 – Scientists give a 1 in 25 chance that asteroid 2007 WD5 will hit the planet Mars on this date.
- February – Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada) General Rick Hillier‘s term is set to end.
- February 3 – Super Bowl XLII held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
- February 7 – A partial Solar eclipse over eastern Australia, Antarctica and New Zealand.
- February 10 – The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
- February 11 – Inaugural events celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
- February 14 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour is to lift off on mission STS-123 to add the first section of the Japanese Kibo module to the International Space Station.
- February 17 – The 50th annual Daytona 500 to be held at Daytona Beach, Florida.
- February 21 – Total lunar eclipse – North and South America, Europe, Africa and Western Asia.
- February 24 – The 80th Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.
- February 27 – The Santo Domingo Metro will successfully be completed and ready for test-runs as expected by the Dominican Republic Government.
- March 2 – 2008 Russian presidential election.
- March 9 and March 16 – Municipal election in France. (announcement in French)
- March 9 – Tentative date for the Spanish general election.
- March 16 – The 2008 Formula 1 World Championship begins in Melbourne, Australia
- March 22 – Republic of China presidential election to be held in Taiwan
- March 29 – The 2008 Major League Soccer season starts in almost all MLS team cities
- March 30 – WrestleMania XXIV will be held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
- March 30 – Nationals Park officially opens up for business when the Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves in their first ever baseball game on Sunday Night Baseball in Washington, DC
- April 6 – The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 comes into force in the UK.
- April 20 – Elections in Paraguay
- April 24 – Ubuntu Linux Long Term Support version is expected to release.
- April 28 – The First Cathedral celebrates 40 years as a Christian ministry.
- May – Large Hadron Collider (located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland) is scheduled to begin operation, it will become the world’s largest particle physics laboratory when it begins operations.
- May 1 – Local elections, for 143 English councils and all Welsh councils, to take place in the United Kingdom.
- May 8 (forwarded) – Israel marks 60 years as a nation, it also marks 60 years Palestine (as a British protectorate) came to an end.
- May 14 – The UEFA Cup Final to be held at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester.
- May 16 – Dominican Republic presidential elections.
- May 21 – The UEFA Champions League Final to be held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
- May 22 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (a.k.a. Indiana Jones IV) – To be released worldwide.
- May 24 – The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Final will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, following semi finals on May 20 and 22.
- May 25 – NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft will land on Mars.
- May 25 – The 92nd edition of the Indianapolis 500 will be run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the main race of the IndyCar Series.
- June 7–June 29 – UEFA Euro 2008 Championship tournament. Joint hosts Switzerland and Austria.
- June 9–June 15 – the United States Golf Open 2008 is scheduled at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course).
- June 14 – Expo 2008 scheduled to begin in Zaragoza, Spain.
- July 15–July 20 – World Youth Day will occur in Sydney Australia, largest youth gathering in Southern Hemisphere with visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
- July 31 – Bill Gates will step down from daily duties at the Microsoft Corporation after over three decades.
- August 2–August 9 – The National Eisteddfod of Wales will be held in Cardiff, South Wales
- August 8–August 24 – The 2008 Summer Olympics will take place in Beijing, China.
- August 11 – Elections are held in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Governor, Regional Vice Governor and Members of the Regional Legislative Assembly following Republic Act No. 9333.
- August 14– 2008 Formula Zero Championship begins in Rotterdam, the Netherlands 
- September (possibly October)- Major League Baseball‘s New York Mets will play their last game at Shea Stadium as the New York Yankees will play their last game at Yankee Stadium. The Mets will move into Citi Field in April 2009 and the Yankees will move into New Yankee Stadium
- September 12–September 13 – The tenth annual Reach the Beach Relay will be held
- November 2 – The 2008 Formula 1 World Championship will end at São Paulo, Brazil
- November 4 – Presidential election slated in the United States to elect the 44th President of the United States. Congressional Elections for the House of Representatives and one third of the Senators (second class).
- November 4 – Gubernatorial election slated in Puerto Rico to elect the Governor of the island.
- November 4 – The Hawaiian Quarter should come out on this day.
- November 15 – New Zealand will hold a general election on or before this date.
- November 20–Decemb
er 7– 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile.
- November 28 – Legislative election in Romania.
- November 28 – The legendary Jack O’Halloran turns 18
- December 15 – The Netherlands Antilles will be formally abolished.
- December 6 – December 9– Annual Hajj at Makkah, Saudi Arabia
- December 21– The 20th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Disaster will be observed.
- December 24 – The planned opening of the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- December 25 – The second coming of Jesus Christ.
- December 30 – Burj Dubai expected to be completed. It will be the world’s tallest building once completed
- The United Nations is to review drug policies around the world.
- The United Kingdom plans to complete a 5-year process to cease analog television broadcasts region-by-region, starting with Border. This process has already begun.
- New China Central Television headquarters buildings open.
Major religious holidays
- January 7 – Christmas in Eastern Christianity
- February 6 – Ash Wednesday
- March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in Ireland and the United States
- March 20 – March Equinox, also known as Ostara
- March 20 – Purim
- March 23 – Easter Sunday, the earliest Easter has fallen since 1913
- March 25 – Holi
- April 20 – Passover
- April 27 – Pascha in Eastern Christianity
- May 1 – Beltane, a Cross-quarter day
- June 9 – Shavuot
- June 20 – June Solstice, also known as Midsummer or Litha
- August 1 – Lammas, a Cross-quarter day
- September 22 – September Equinox, also known as Mabon
- September 30 – Rosh Hashana
- October 2 – Eid ul-Fitr
- October 9 – Yom Kippur
- November 1 – Samhain, a Cross-quarter day and Neopagan new year
- December 21 – December Solstice, also known as Yule
- December 8 – Eid ul-Adha
- December 21 – Hanukkah begins at sundown
- December 25 – Christmas in Western Christianity
2008 in fiction
- Isaac Asimov‘s 1955 short story Franchise takes place in 2008, the premise being that the U.S. president will be selected by a computer program looking for the "most representative citizen".
- John Barnes, Mother of Storms (1995) begins with a 2008 UN resolution barring any nation from acquiring nuclear weapons after June 1, 2008, subject to penalty of preemptive strike.
- Gregory Benford‘s books The Jupiter War and The Threads of Time are set in 2008.
- P.D. James‘s mystery The Children of Men is set in 2008. No children have been born since 1995, and the last generation reaches puberty.
- The Galactic Milieu Series by Julian May features Earth’s first contact with an alien race on June 20, 2008
- Ian McDonald‘s "Chaga Saga" (Evolution’s Shore and Kirinya) begins with the March 13, 2008 impact arrival of the plant form Chaga from outer space.
- Alan E. Nourse‘s 1957 book Rocket to Limbo begins with the March 3, 2008 launch of the starship Argonaut on a centuries long trip to Alpha Centauri
- The Mote in God’s Eye (1974) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle postulates that faster than light travel is perfected in 2008.
- The Next War, a controversial 1996 novel about the post-Soviet era, co-authored by former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, looks at a possible 2008 nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia.
Computer and video games
Set in 2008:
- Ghost Recon (2001): Russia attempts to reunite the Soviet Union and invades several Eastern European countries. The UN intervenes with peacekeeping forces.
- Splinter Cell series: Sam Fisher goes undercover.
- Shattered Union: U.S. President David Jefferson Adams is elected in a Sham election, and becomes the most unpopular president in U.S. history.
- Twisted Metal 3 (1998)
- Jason X (Friday the 13th series, 2002): Mass murderer Jason Voorhees is captured for the 2nd time and sentenced to death. Though the US government is unsure how to execute him, an electric chair, a gas chamber, a firing squad, and hanging are all tried – none of which work.
- The Lake House (2006): The ending takes place on Valentine’s Day, 2008.
- 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007): The final act takes place in Tokyo during 2008.
- Set in 2008:
- Dawson’s Creek (2003 series finale): The characters meet once again. Dawson is creator of a television series, The Creek, based on his life.
- Futurama (1999 episode "Space Pilot 3000"): Suicide booths are invented.
- The 2007 series of Doctor Who Present time (Such as Smith and Jones) is primarily set in 2008.