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# 2008

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2008 (MMVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Christian or Common Era, in the Gregorian calendar. It was the 2008th year of the Common Era, or of Anno Domini; the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 9th of the 2000s.

## Events

### January

First-ever photograph of the "unseen side" of Mercury, taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft on January 14

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An earthquake in Sichuan, China killed nearly 80,000 people

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34th G8 summit heads of delegations in Tōyako, Japan

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## Major religious holidays

 Gregorian calendar 2008 MMVIII Ab urbe condita 2761 Armenian calendar 1457 ԹՎ ՌՆԾԷ Assyrian calendar 6758 Bahá'í calendar 164–165 Bengali calendar 1415 Berber calendar 2958 British Regnal year 56 Eliz. 2 – 57 Eliz. 2 Buddhist calendar 2552 Burmese calendar 1370 Byzantine calendar 7516–7517 Chinese calendar 丁亥年十一月廿三日(4644/4704-11-23)— to —戊子年十二月初五日(4645/4705-12-5) Coptic calendar 1724–1725 Ethiopian calendar 2000–2001 Hebrew calendar 5768–5769 Hindu calendars - Vikram Samvat 2064–2065 - Shaka Samvat 1930–1931 - Kali Yuga 5109–5110 Holocene calendar 12008 Iranian calendar 1386–1387 Islamic calendar 1428–1430 Japanese calendar [[Heisei|Template:Japanese era]] Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".(Template:Japanese eraExpression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".年) Korean calendar 4341 Minguo calendar ROC 97民國97年 Thai solar calendar 2551 Unix time 1199145600–1230767999 This box:

## 2008 in fiction

### Books

• 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.
• 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-written by former U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, looks at a possible 2008 nuclear confrontation between the United States and Russia.

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### Television

• The events of the Macross Zero OVA take place in 2008.
• Doraemon: According to the original manga story, a time machine will be invented in 2008.
• The Future Boy Conan anime (1978) story begins in July 2008, when a war results in five continents sinking into the sea.
• According to the Futurama episode "Space Pilot 3000", Stop 'N Drop suicide booths are claimed to have been "America's Favorite" since 2008. Whether this is the use of an advertising hyperbole to indicate that they were introduced in 2008, or that they gained a plurality of market share in 2008 is not concluded.
• Dawson's Creek (2003 series finale): The characters meet once again. Dawson, now 25, is the creator of a television series, The Creek, based on his life.[154]
• The 2007 series of Doctor Who: Present time (such as "Smith and Jones") is primarily set in 2008.
• Heroes: A possible future shown in Out of Time features the Shanti virus killing about 93% of the world's population by 2008.

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