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The price of what commodity reached $100 per barrel in 2008? 
NASA's MESSENGER space probe made the closest fly-by of which planet on January 14, 2008? 
Influenced by the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis, stock markets around the world begin to plunge in January 2008. This is widely considered the beginning of what major economic event of the early 21st Century? 
What country formally declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008? 
Who stepped down as President of Cuba on February 19, 2008, after ruling that nation since 1959? 
On March 19, 2008 a gamma ray burst was visible to the naked eye. Approximately how many billions of light years away/billions of years ago did this event take place? 
The Taliban attempted an assassination on what sitting president of Afghanistan on April 27? 
Cyclone Nargis became the deadliest disaster in modern history since the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 when it killed 133,000 people in what Asian nation? 
Who became president of Russia in 2008, replacing Vladimir Putin? 
Which nation of the Indian subcontinent abolished its 240-year-old monarchy on May 28, 2008? 
What notorious African president remained in power in Zimbabwe after a controversial election in which he garnered more than 85% of the vote? 
What CEO and innovator of the personal computer, as well as world's richest man, stepped down as Chairman of Microsoft after 30 years? 
Georgia and Russia launched a major offensive into what separatist region that both share a border with? 
Where were the 2008 Summer Olympics hosted? 
Who was the American swimmer that won eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics? 
What was the bank that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 15, considered a catalyst for the global financial crisis? 
Who was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008? 
What was the name of the longest serving ocean liner in history, which retired from service in November 2008? 
What city in India was wracked by a major terrorist attack from November 26-29 that left nearly 500 people dead or injured? 
What was the name of the man arrested by U.S. federal authorities on December 11 on charges of running a massive, decades-long Ponzi scheme which remains the largest financial fraud in history? 
Deaths
American actor; famous as a promising child star for his roles in the films 'The Client,' 'Tom and Huck,' and 'Sleepers'; he died at the age of 25 of a heroin overdose (b. 1982) 
Australian actor; he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in 'The Dark Knight' posthumously; he also starred in '10 Things I Hate About You,' 'The Patriot,' and 'Brokeback Mountain,' for which he received an Academy Award nomination (b. 1979) 
American actor; most famous for his role as Police Chief Brody in 'Jaws' and its sequel, he also appeared in 'The French Connection' and 'Marathon Man' (b. 1932) 
American actor/activist; among more than 100 movie credits, he is best known for his roles in 'The Ten Commandments,' 'Ben Hur,' and 'Planet of the Apes'; he also was well known for his role as president and spokesman for the National Rifle Association (b. 1923) 
American director; he won the Academy Award for Best Director for his film 'Out of Africa' in 1985, and was nominated for 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' and 'Tootsie' (b. 1934) 
American comedian/author/actor; noted for his dark sense of humor, he delved into politics and society and taboo subjects, such as his 'Seven dirty words' routine; he is widely considered to have influenced generations of stand-up comedians (b. 1937) 
Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism; he is famous for his books 'The Gulag Archipelago,' 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,' and 'Cancer Ward'; for his writings, he was expelled from the USSR in 1974 (b. 1918) 
American actor, director, and entrepreneur; his list of credits is legendary, with famous roles in 'Cool Hand Luke,' 'Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid,' and an Oscar winning performance in 'The Color of Money' (b. 1925) 
American model, known as 'the Pin Up Queen' of the 1950s for her jet black hair, blue eyes, and signature bangs; she was one of the earliest Playboy Playmates (b. 1923) 
American FBI agent, this man admitted, after a silence of 30 years, to being the elusive 'Deep Throat' whistleblower who was integral in the Watergate scandal and resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon (b. 1913) 
Accolades
Academy Award for Best Picture 
Academy Award for Best Actor/Actress 
Grammy Award for Best Album 
Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series 
Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series 
Tony Award for Best Musical 
Tony Award for Best Play 
NHL Champion 
NFL Champion 
MLB Champion 
NBA Champion 
2008 Summer Olympics, Most Gold Medals (Nation) 
2008 Olympic Men's Football Tournament Champion 
2008 Olympic Women's Football Tournament Champion 

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