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Millennium: 3rd millennium
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2008 (MMVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2008th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 8th year of the 3rd millennium, the 8th year of the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2000s decade.

Events

January

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

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34th G8 summit heads of delegations in Tōyako, Japan

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Deaths

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Awards

Nobel Prizes

Nobel Prize

Major religious holidays

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  91. "Human error led to fatal train collision, spokeswoman says". http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/13/train.collision/. 
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  122. "Final LHC Synchronization Test a Success". http://lhc-first-beam.web.cern.ch/lhc%2Dfirst%2Dbeam/News/FinalLHCsyncTest.html. 
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  129. "Obama wins historic US election". BBC News. November 5, 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7709978.stm. 
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  131. "Bhutan king to be crowned at last". BBC News. 2008-07-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7521429.stm. 
  132. "QE2 To Leave Cunard Fleet And Be Sold To Dubai World To Begin A New Life At The Palm". http://cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=6656&Active=News. 
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  134. "NASA's Shuttle and Rocket Missions". http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html. 
  135. "FWindpipe transplant breakthrough". BBC News. 2008-11-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7735696.stm. 
  136. "Greenland votes for more autonomy". BBC News. 2008-11-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7749427.stm. 
  137. "Spectacular Conjunction". NASA. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/24nov_skyshow.htm. 
  138. "Top Thai court ousts PM Somchai". BBC News. 2008-12-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7759960.stm. 
  139. "GG agrees to suspend Parliament: Harper". CBC. 2008-12-04. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/12/04/harper-jean.html. 
  140. (in Russian) "Экспертиза подтвердила, что найденные останки принадлежат Николаю II". ITAR-TASS. http://www.itartass.ur.ru/news/?id=42200. [dead link]
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  142. "Sark Election: the candidates". BBC Guernsey. 9 December 2008. http://www.bbc.co.uk/guernsey/content/articles/2008/11/18/sark_election_candidates_2008_feature.shtml. 
  143. "Switzerland links up to European police files". 2008-08-11. http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news_digest/Switzerland_links_up_to_European_police_files.html?siteSect=104&sid=9482144. .
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