Saturday, January 3, 2009

2008 In Pictures

After the help of Wikipedia, I managed to summarized the most important highlights of last year in many photos. If you hover over a photo, I have added a caption to briefly say what this photo is about. Please allow sometime to load the images if you just see a bunch of text.

January 2 - The price of petroleum hits $100 per barrel for the first time.January 23 - Thousands of Palestinians cross into Egypt, as the border wall with Gaza in Rafah is blown up by militants.
February 4 - Iran opens its first space center and launches a rocket into space.March 1 - In Gaza Strip, at least 52 Palestinians and 2 Israeli soldiers are killed in the most intense Israeli air strikes since 2005.
April 22 - Surgeons at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital perform the first operations using bionic eyes.April 27 - The Taliban attempts to assassinate Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a military parade in Kabul.
June 27 - President Robert Mugabe is reelected with 85.5% of the vote in the second round of the controversial Zimbabwean presidential election.June 27 - After 3 decades as the Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates steps down from daily duties to concentrate on philanthropy.
July 7 - The 34th G8 summit is held in Tōyako, Hokkaidō, Japan.August 7 - The 2008 South Ossetia war begins, as Georgia and Russia launch a major offensive
August 8 - The 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing, China.August 18 - Pervez Musharraf resigns as President of Pakistan
September 1 - Hurricane Ike makes landfall on Texas as Category 2 and kills 27 in the United States.September 6 - Asif Ali Zardari is elected President of Pakistan by the Electoral College of Pakistan.
September 17 - The International Astronomical Union classifies Haumea as the 5th dwarf planet in the Solar System.October 22 - The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launches the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on a lunar exploration mission.
November 4 - Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.November 26 - A series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India kills 195, and injures at least 250.
December 6 - Riots spread across Greece after a 15-year-old boy is shot dead by a special guard of the Greek Police.December 27 - Israel initiates a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, killing at least 375.

...Happy New Year...

1 comment:

  1. It's good to see that you recognize the olympics as an important thing this year