Facts and Events That Happened in This Year

Nov 22

YouTube Live had the largest viewed broadcast ever, with guest artists performing from San Francisco and Tokyo.

Nov 10

NASA declared the conclusion of the Phoenix mission after contact was lost with the Phoenix lander.

Nov 5

Former NFL star O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.

Nov 4

Barack Obama became the first African American to win a United States Presidential Election.

Oct 29

The James Bond spy movie 'Quantum of Solace' with Daniel Craig premiered in London.

Oct 22

Google Play was launched.

Oct 19

NASA launched its IBEX satellite from the Stargazer mother ship launch pad above the Marshall Islands.

Oct 17

Iran attempted to create the world's largest sandwich at 1,500 meters long but failed due to a crowd eating it before it was measured.

Sep 27

Zhai Zhigang became the first person from China to perform a spacewalk while on the Shenzhou 7 mission.

Sep 2

Google launched Google Chrome, its own cross-platform web browser.

Aug 30

Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan's Slumdog Millionaire premiered at Colorado's Telluride Film Festival.

Aug 17

American swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.

Aug 16

Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly swim in a record 50:58 at the Beijing Olympic finals.

Aug 11

Airbedandbreakfast.com was launched by its three founders, which is now known as Airbnb.

Aug 3

Morgan Freeman's car flipped over several times on the highway in Mississippi.

Jul 14

Batman’s 'The Dark Knight' premiered in London.

Jun 27

Bill Gates stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corporation.

Jun 16

The state of California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Jun 11

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was launched into Earth's orbit atop a Delta II rocket.

May 31

The Discovery Space Shuttle was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-124.

May 15

The Californian Supreme Court ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

May 12

More than 69,000 people lost their lives to a magnitude 8.0 earthquake in Sichuan, China.

May 2

139,000 people lost their lives when Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar.

Apr 29

Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV, the sixth in the GTA series, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Apr 20

Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an Indy car race.

Apr 8

Construction of the Bahrain World Trade Center was officially completed.

Apr 4

Beyoncé and Jay-Z married with only 40 guests present on their special day.

Mar 27

The Gordon Ramsay Plane Food restaurant opened within terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport.

Mar 12

Space shuttle Endeavour successfully docked with the International Space Station during NASA's STS-123 mission.

Mar 3

After recording for four years, Duffy released her debut studio album 'Rockferry.'

Mar 2

Dmitry Medvedev was elected as the third President of Russia.

Feb 29

The UK's Prince Harry was withdrawn from a military tour of Afghanistan.

Feb 26

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performed in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Feb 24

Fidel Castro stepped down as President of Cuba after keeping the position for thirty-two years.

Feb 17

The Republic of Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia.

Feb 10

Amy Winehouse scored five awards at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Jan 20

The first episode of Breaking Bad premiered on AMC.