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Year 2008 – Music Videos/Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV News 

Actor Heath Ledger Dies Suddenly

NBC's Tim Russert Dies Suddenly

Goodbye Sportscaster Jim McKay

Goodbye George Carlin

Bernie Mac Dies

Goodbye Actor Paul Newman 

Don LaFontaine Dies - King Of Movie Trailer Voices

Year 2008 In News Headlines And Information

NY Gov. Spitzer Caught With Hooker

Financial Crisis - Nervous Moments

Goodbye Bear Stearns

Tony Snow Dies

Panic In Markets - Lehman Bros. Files For Bankruptcy 

AIG Given $85 Billion By U.S. Government

Joe The Plumber Meets Barack Obama

Barack Obama Elected 44th President

Bernard Madoff Arrested For Ponzi Scheme

Year 2008  In Technology News And Information

Blu-Ray Becomes The HD DVD Standard

Year 2008 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

Michael Phelps Wins A Record 8 Gold Medals 

2008 Top Movie

2008 Top Pop Hit Music Single/Download

 

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Year 2008 – Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV News

"Low" - Flo Rida

mariah carey facts history 2008 timelineJanuary - New Year’s Eve Fun - Mariah Carey makes an appearance at the Las Vegas hotspot Tao and fans got a treat of her new single - “Migrate.” After toasting the crowd, she was showered with sparklers and a cake…. CD Music and DVD sales are down last year U.S. consumers shied away from compact discs and DVD’s last year and sales of Internet downloads did not make up the difference. Album sales fell 15% to 500.5 million. In 2006, total sales fell 4.9%. Digital albums sales rose 53% to 50 million – only 10% of the total. DVD sales fell 4.4% last year to 1.09 billion from 1.14 billion, marking the first big year-over-year decline for the category since it debuted in 1997... Britney Spears is hospitalized - just as a court commissioner barred her from visiting her two  young sons. She allegedly refused to hand over one of her children at the end of a custody visit, and broke down… Court TV is now Tru-TV… On VH-1 - “Celebrity Rehap” With Dr. Drew (Pinsky)…. Oprah Winfrey and Discovery communications say they were forming a company with a flagship cable channel to be called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Look for it in mid-2009... Despite the Hollywood writers strike, the big TV networks have more than 100 episodes of scripted series ready to roll out over the next few months. But few are fan favorites or hit shows. 

heath ledger death 2008 facts history timeline mrpopculture photoShock - the death of Batman movie actor Heath Ledger (28). He was found nude and face-down on the bedroom floor of his Soho (New York) apartment. Foul play is not suspected…

Goodbye Heath Ledger

More January - Trend – Soap operas are using new locations and the hand held camera (you know – the one that keeps shuffling the picture around). Apparently – younger audiences need more stimulation...   It’s revealed that actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental abuse of prescription medications...  

Tom Petty Performs Super Bowl XLII Halftime

madonna movie director february 2008 history facts timelineFebruary - Ryan Seacrest hosts an entertaining Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Show” on Fox just before the game…Local Move Theaters - The Hannah Montana movie/concert debuts at $29 million in business. The concert features the Jonas Brothers... Amy Winehouse is released from rehab in London, where she checked in January 24. She was on a day release to visit her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil in jail.... Madonna directs her first feature – “Filth and Wisdom” and it’s unveiled at the Berlin Film Festival... Walt Disney Parks and resorts announce plans to create a live performance attraction based on “American Idol” at Disney theme parks... Another musical Cyrus – There’s dad Billy Ray, daughter Miley and Trace Cyrus – singer/guitarist of the emo-electro band Metro Station....  

80th annual Academy Awards - 

Best Picture: "No Country For Old Men"

Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis - "There Will Be Blood"

Best Actress - Marion Cotillard - "La Vie en Rose"

Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem - "No Country For Old Men"

Best Supporting Actress - Tilda Swinton - "Michael Clayton"

50th Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Record/Song of the Year - Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"

Best New Artist - Amy Winehouse

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Justin Timberlake - "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" 

Looks like Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley will be co-hosting the CMT award show on April 14…

wil.i.am obama march 2008 campaign facts history music timelineMarch - Britney Spears will guest star in a March 24 episode of “How I Met Your Mother.” She’ll portray a receptionist in a  dermatologist’s office named Abby… Lou Pearlman, known for launching the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, pleads guilty to a fraud that used fake accountants, fake bank accounts and a dead man’s signature to swindle banks and investors out of more than $300 million...  Keith Richards is the new face of Louis Vuitton – the French maker of luxury handbags and luggage... Another pean to Obama – will.l.am – the Black Eyed Peas frontman releases a star-studded music video in a tribute to the presidential candidate. On it – Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, Kerry Washington and George Lopez. Name of the video – “We Are The Ones"...  Dina Lohan – mother of Lindsay is getting her own reality show on E! this summer. Look for “Living Lohan” which will spotlight mom and her other daugther – Ali (14)... Despite his past as a male stripper – American Idol says semifinalist David Hernandez will remain in competition... HBO has another winner with “In Treatment.” It stars Gabriel Byrne as psychoanalyst Paul Weston and the show follows the therapy of four patients...    Warner Bros. Pictures and Harry Potter producers say that the seventh and final novel in the series will be split into two films. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” will hit theaters in November 2010, followed by “Part II” in May 2011.  So far all five Harry Potter movies have grossed an astounding $4.5 billion... A judge, ruling in the Paul McCartney/Heather Mills divorce says Mills twisted the truth when convenient and made “exorbitant” financial demands. “To some extent she is her own worst enemy. She has an explosive and volatile character wrote Judge Hugh Bennett. Mills got $48.6 in her divorce. Mills, just minutes after declaring she was “just glad it’s over,” declared she would be back in court again tin an attempt to seal the full text of the divorce judgment – to protect her daughter...  Rapper T.I. pleads guilty in Atlanta to federal weapons possession charges and will receive a sentence that includes prison time after he completes a period of community service... Smashing Pumpkins sue Virgin records saying the label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt their credibility...  Passing – Neil Aspinall – lifelong friend of the Beatles from their beginnings. He became their road manager and spent nearly 40 years as the chief protector of the group’s recorded legacy as head of Apple Corps He was 66. 

"Don't Stop The Music" - Rihanna

Nielsen Top TV Shows - March 15, 2008

American Idol (Tue)  29.88 million viewers

American Idol (Wed.) – 27.13

Survivor: Micronesia – 13.22

Lost – 12.08

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 12.05

Law &Order- Wed.) – 11.85

Two and a Half Men – 11.82

Deal or No Deal (Mon.) – 11.82

60 Minutes – 11.30

CSI – 11.22

Moment of Truth – Fox – 10.58

CSI: Miami – 10.24

 Deal or No Deal (Wed.) – 10.19

Without a Trace – 9.78

Oprah’s Big Give – 9.74

Old Christine – 9.62

Law & Order: SVU (Tue.) – 9.52

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 9.42

Medium – 9.34

New Amsterdam – 8.83

"Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis

mariah carey music history singles  trivia  mrpopcultureApril - Jennifer Lopez says she wants to lose the 50 pounds she gained after giving birth to twins Max and Emme... New Kids on the Block – a big part of the early 1990’s are reuniting after 20 years. The group disbanded in 1994 and the most famous member – Donnie Wahlberg  has since acted on TV and in movies... Matthew Fisher is entitled to co-authorship of the song “White Shade of Pale” a – big hit from the summer of 1967 by Procol Harum. . He played the organ on the song – a big part of its sound. Why did he wait 40 years?... Live Nation Inc says that it had reached an agreement for a 12-year global contract to handle the merchandising, digital and branding rights of the Irish rock band U2. It comes five months after Live Nation announced a comprehensive partnership with Madonna.... Marah Carey’s latest single “Touch My Body” makes music history as she surpasses Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in modern pop culture history - her 18 th #1 hit… Kathie Lee Gifford is returning to morning TV and will co-host of the 10am hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb… Photos of Miley Cyrus (15) in provocative (come hither) photos have shown up on the Internet. She appears draped over the lap of a young man - exposing her bare midriff. In another - she tugs at her white tank top to flash her pea-green bra…

CMT Awards/Best Video Of The Year

"Our Song" - Taylor Swift 

amy winehouse arrested april 2008 music news facts timelineMore April - Kathie Lee Gifford is returning to morning TV and will co-host of the 10am hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb...  Amy Winehouse is arrested in London after reportedly assaulting a man outside a bar... Scott Welland – once the lead in the Stone Temple Pilots (and now back), pleads no contest to misdemeanor drunk driving... Singer Mindy McCready says she has had an affair with athlete Roger Clemons. He had filed a defamation suit to protect his reputation – accusing his former trainer of lying by claiming he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone... “Saturday Night Live” vet Jimmy Fallon will take Conan O’Brien’s place on NBC next year when O’Brien succeeds Jay Leno on “the Tonight Show”... Variety reports that Mel Gibson, who has kept a low-profile since his anti-Semitic outburst in July 2006, will star in the movie “Edge of Darkness.”

"Lollipop" - Lil Wayne

miley cyrus facts timeline history may 2008May -  Deborah Jeane Palfrey (52) – the “D.C. Madam.” – facing prison time is found dead by hanging. She was hanging by a nylon rope from a metal beam in her backyard shed near her mother’s home in Florida... Miley Cyrus appears in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair – but she’s wrapped in what  appears to be a satin bedsheet, looking over her shoulder in a come hither pose...  Lou Pearlman who created the Backstreet Boys and N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for engineering a decades-long scam that bilked thousands of investors out of their life savings…Ugly Betty” is moving from Los Angeles to New York for production – a big part due to New York State’s new and bigger film tax credit. The show will be cheaper to produce...KIIS-FM Wango Tango on the west coast with Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull the Jonas Brothers and others... In Chicago – The R. Kelly porn trial begins – nearly six years after he was indicted for allegedly filming himself having sex with a girl who may have been as young as 13... Amy Winehouse will not face charges over video footage that allegedly shows her taking drugs... Mattel and MGA Entertainment are going to court over the popular Bratz line of dolls, which Mattel says, was developed by someone working there at the time.  The designer, Carter Byant, defected in 2000 to MGA – which introduced the Bratz girls in 2001.   

Season 7 - American Idol - David Cook is the winner and the runner-up David Archuleta…

MTV Movie Awards –

Adam Sandler got a career achievement award

Best actor – Will Smith – “I Am Legend”

Best actress – Ellen Page – “Juno”

Coldplay performed as did the Pussycat Dolls. 

June - Tim Russert (58) - Moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” dies of a heart attack while reco rding voice overs/promos for this Sunday’s show….

More June - Television – Don’t miss “Million Dollar Password” on Sunday...  Disney is firing up its next multi-platform musical extravaganza, “Camp Rock” with the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Look out!.. Tony Awards - In The Heights” wins best musical... Miley Cyrus Controversy - Billy Ray Cyrus says he wasn’t around when Annie Leibovitz photographed his 15-year-old daughter, Miley, wrapped in a sheet with her back exposed for the June issue of Vanity Fair...  

Passing – Jim McKay - top sports broadcaster. Best known for his work on ABC’s “WideWorld Of Sports.” He was 86…

 

More June - Barbra Streisand – confirms that she is supporting Sen. Barrack Obama and has offered to help him in his presidential campaign...

george carlin passes 2008 facts history timeline mrpopculture photoPassing- George Carlin (71) - One-of-a-kind comedian. He finished a show at the Orleans casino in Vegas and was planning to take the month off to relax and work on a new book of essays and musing…

Goodbye George Carlin

More June - Don’t miss “Nashville Star” – a country version? of – well – American Idol. Well sort of. It’s on NBC this week....  Jamie Lynn Spears gives birth to a baby girl. She starred in Nick’s “Zoey 101” and is Britney’s younger sister. She’s also 17 – and the father is Casey Aldridge...  Coldplay becomes the first British act in more than a decade to reach #1 in Billboard’s hot 100 with “Viva La Vida” – the first single from the group’s new album. The album is “Viva La Vida”... 

"I Kissed A Girl" - Katy Perry

shakira music facts july 2008 timeline  July -  NBC Universal and two partners say they had reached a deal to buy the Weather Channel from Landmark Communications Inc. the purchase price was about $3.5 billion. NBC’s partners were Blackstone Group and Bain Capital... Shakira is joining Madonna, Jay-Z and U2 in forgoing traditional record industry alliances to sign a multimillion-dollar long-term contact with promotion giant Live Nation. It’s a 10-year contract that will handle her concerts, recordings and merchandising...  Amy Winehouse’s husband - Blake Fielder-Civil is sentenced in London to 27 months in jail for assault and obstructing justice….  Rappers Foxy Brown (Inga Marchland) and Lil’ Kim (Kimberly Jones) are sued by publisher Simon and Schuster over claims that they accepted money as advancement for books they promised to write. At least one was an autobiography….Comedian and actor Andy Dick is arrested is arrested in Murrieta, CA. he was intoxicated and grabbed and fondled the breast of a 17-year-old girl before pulling her top down in a parking lot of a bar...  Britney Spears must increase her child support payments to ex Kevin  Federline… by $5,000 a month as part of a custody settlement. She’ll now pay a total of $20,000 a month to the former backup dancer. Spears lost custody of the boys last year after her behavior became erratic…Rapper DMX is indicted on felony charges in Arizona for allegedly trying to get out of paying a hospital bill...  Kid Rock (Robert J. Ritchie) is sentenced to a year’s probation and fined $1,000 for his role in a fight in a Waffle House restaurant near Atlanta... "America's Got Talent" tops Nielsen TV ratings with 13.24 million viewers...

"Take A Bow" - Rihanna

 August - Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series - “Breaking Dawn” - the fourth in Meyer’s sensational teen vampire series - sold 1.3 million copies in the first 24 hours after its release… Passing - comedian Bernie Mac - from complications related to pneumonia. He was only 50…

Goodbye Bernie Mac

christina applegate breast cancer 2008 timelineMore August - On “Good Morning America” - Christina Applegate talks about her bout with breast cancer since being diagnosed earlier this month. She said she had a double mastectomy three weeks ago and will undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months…Gary Glitter is freed from prison in southern Vietnam after nearly three years of confinement...  Look for “ Just Stand Up” on iTunes Sept. 2 It features Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheride, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Clara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood… Kathy Hilton – mother of Paris, said on the Huffington site – she is annoyed at John McCain for using his daughter’s name to mock Barack Obama. McCain unveiled a campaign ad last week likening Obama to celebrities Hilton and singer Britney Spears... Marion “Suge” Knight is released from a Las Vegas jail after posting $19,000 bail. Police arrested Knight after officers said they saw him beat his girlfriend while brandishing a knife... Blogger Kevin Cogill of Los Angeles is arrested after posting nine leaked songs from an unreleased Guns N’ Roses album, which has been in the works for more than a decade...   Interviewed on “Good Morning America” this week – Michael Jackson says he’s “looking forward to doing a lot of great things… I think the best is yet to come in true humble opinion.” 

bruce sprinsteen photo news  2008 trivia  mrpopcultureSeptember  - Passing - Don LaFontaine (68) - who literally began and “owned” the movie trailer business.  La Fontaine will always be - the first and last name in movie trailers - with one of the greatest-ever voices - ever - to be heard in the media. His trademark introductory phrase - “In a world…” is pop culture history at its best…

Goodbye Don LaFontaine

MTV Video Music Awards - Video Of The Year

"Piece Of Me" - Britany Spears

Usher will perform the NFL season’s kickoff concert in New York’s Columbus Circle with Keith Urban and Natasha  Bedingfield…. Ryan O’Neal and his son are booked on suspicion of narcotics possession after a probation search at his home…

Passing - Actor/Philanthropist Paul Newman. He was 83

More August - Four die in the crash of a Learjet in S. Carolina. Two burned survivors are former Blink-182 drummer Travis barker and popular DJ Adam Goldstein... Passing – Richard Wright – founding member of Pink Floyd... It’s announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during halftime at the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. He joins Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, U2 and the Rolling Stones in that status…. Celebrity disc jockey DJ AM is released from a Georgia Hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash a week ago….

60th Annual Emmy Awards – Some Winners –

Best drama – “Mad Men”

Best comedy – “30 Rock”

Best made-for-TV movie – “Recount” on HBO

Best actor drama – Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”

Best actress drama – Glenn Close – “Damages”

Best reality host – Jeff Probst – “Survivor”

Best actor comedy – Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”

Best actress comedy – Tina Fey – “30 Rock”

"So What" - P!nk

paris hilton everywhere october facts history timelineOctober - Paris Hilton is everywhere in the media - so it seems, promoting her new MTV reality show, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF”… Phish – the Vermont-based band popular in the late 1990’s into this decade, will reunite for shows in March in Hampton Va... Rapper Jaz-Z urges his fans to register to vote and to vote for Barack Obama. Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” rockets up the charts from No. 96 to #1… Passing - Levi Stubbs - lead singer for the Four Tops of Motown fame. He was 72. The group was the only Motown group who stuck it out to the very end - they were all friends… Glenn Beck is leaving CNN Headline News for the Fox News Channel where the conservative host will get his own weekday show at 5pm...

On “Saturday Night Live” – Both Tina Fey and Sarah Palin appear. Host Alec Baldwin, pretended to mistake her for comedian Tina Fey before opening the program. Fey’s lampooning of Palin as a clueless candidate has helped lift SNL’s ratings to their highest level in seven years…

American Music Awards - Jonas Brothers Favorite New Artists

Jonas Brothers Interview Earlier This Year

madonna sticky tour 2008 review music  trivia  mrpopcultureNovember  Passing – Michael Crichton – creator of Jurassic Park and ER – and book author and – you name it. He was 66... Beyonce talks about her alter ego – Sasha Fierce. “She’s the party girl, she’s the Bootylicious. She is but I’m not. She’s my alter ego. I’m finally revealing who I am”… Don’t miss  the Madonna “Sticky & Sweet” tour…. “50 Cent: The Money and the Power” debuts on MTV. 14 contestants compete to prove their entrepreneurial savvy and display their corporate blood lust… Madonna (50) and Guy Ritchie’s (40) eight-year marriage ends…. “Total Request Live” leaves the MTV airwaves. Its long-time host was VJ Damien Fahey . It was the network’s longest running show to date…

CMA Awards - Kenny Chesney gets "Entertainer of the Year"

"Stay" - Sugarland gets "Song Of The Year"

paula abdul stalker december 2008 facts history timelineDecember - Britney Spears new album “Circus” is released  and considered by many to be her comeback album… Jay Leno, expected to hand the “Tonight” show reins to Conan O’Brien in May, will stay with NBC and get his own prime time talk show… Los Angeles police are investigating a burglary at Paris Hilton's home they say left her bedroom ransacked and about $2 million in jewelry missing… Paula Abdul says the Fox network and American Idol producers knew Paula Goodspeed had stalked her, and allowed the woman to audition for the show anyway. "I said this girl is a stalker of mine and please do not let her in," Abdul said Monday during an interview with Barbara Walters on her Sirius XM radio show... Michael Jackson's glove is going on the auction block. The white glove, which inspired countless copycats, quips and Halloween costumes after it was unveiled in the 1983 video for Jackson's hit Billie Jean, will be part of a five-day auction in April. Jackson is also unloading the grandiose gates that once led to his Neverland Ranch, along with more than 2,000 other personal items.The most popular Christmas song in terms of download sales is “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24” by the Trans- Siberian Orchestra with 480,000 downloads…Tina Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country. 

The Year 2008 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 - After more than three decades in prison for the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford - Sara Jane Moore is released on parole…. Oil prices hit the $100 a barrel mark. The national gasoline price is now $3.053 per gallon…The Iowa Cacuses – Obama Barack wins – as did Mike Huckabee on the Republican side... Campaign ’08 - Presidential hopefuls - All in the play on the Republican side – John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani... Mikheil Saakashvilli - Georgia’s leader, narrowly wins reelection to the presidency in a tight race...  

 January 8 -  Bear Sterns Cos. Chief executive James Cayne resigns under pressure from shareholders – upset over the firm’s losses amid a slew of problems sparked by the sub- prime mortgage crisis. … Internet holiday spending climbs 19% during the recent season – the slowest pace on record. … Online spending in November and December reached $29.2 billion…Campaign – Hillary Rodham Clinton launches an attack against Barack Obama, suggesting his opposition to the Iraq war is all talk and little action... President Bush says that the U.S. is on track to bring home at least 20,000 troops from Iraq by summer. He emphasized that he is willing to halt slow the action “in order to make sure we succeed”.... The Bush administration postpones a controversial law requiring Americans to carry tamper-proof driver’s licenses, delaying its final implementation by five years...  President Bush completes two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders without a firm commitment from Israel to halt expansion of West Bank settlements or give the Palestinians a bigger role in policing the territory... O.J. Simpson is taken into custody in Florida and will spend several days in a Las Vegas jail before he hears allegations that he violated terms of his bail in an armed robbery case... GM unveils a Hummer HX and Saab 9-4X that run on ethanol. 

State of the Union - 2008 - President Bush

January 15 - Republican Bobby Jindal is inaugurated as Governor of Louisiana - the first Indian American governor in the U.S. and currently, the nation’s youngest at 36…. Patients are waiting longer for care in the nation’s emergency rooms – 30 minutes or longer - a 36% increase from a median wait time of 22 minutes in 1997... President Bush calls for about $150 billion in tax rebates and other measures designed to be a “shot in the arm” for the flagging economy...  The FDA says meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as the natural versions.... Stock markets worldwide are taking dives. The U.S. is down 15.3% from a year ago. Japan is down 27% for the same period....   

January 23 - Sen. Clinton leads the Democrats at 42% with Obama at 33%. . McCain leads Huckabee 22% to 18% on the Republican side... House leaders and the Bush administration reach a deal on a package of tax breaks and mortgage rules designed to put more money in consumer’s hands and stimulate business investment...  One less GOP hopeful - Actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson abandons his presidential campaign... 

February 1 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is tardy to a satellite feed from Tucson for a live broadcast of an MTV candidate forum - forcing the hosts to fill nearly 15 minutes with talk and talk…In London - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice huddles with British officials to sketch out new goals for the allied effort in Afghanistan... The Bush administration seeks a 19% increase on border security and immigration enforcement... Five women are shot to death in what police are calling a possible botched robbery in a Lane Bryant women’s clothing store in suburban Chicago. The lone gunman is still at large... Pakistan - After weeks of escalation – Taliban militants declare a cease-fire, but the U.S. believes this is only an excuse to regroup...  Macy’s Inc. announces a restructuring and will cut some 2,300 jobs...  

 February 15 - A gunman dressed in black, steps on stage in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and opens fire on a geology class. Five are dead plus, the gunman killed himself on the lecture hall stage. 16 others were wounded….The Supreme Court gives business two wins. On one ruling the court said makes of medical devices cannot be sued by injured patients if the FDA had approved the devices for sale.  Also, the court freed shippers such as UPS from state regulations requiring them to verify that an adult was the recipient of cigarettes delivered to a residence... Barack Obama wins in Wisconsin- setting the stage for Ohio and Texas...

hilary clinton campaign trail photo  2008   mrpopculture news timeline February 23 - Hillary Rodham Clinton gets a little angry at Barack Obama - getting a little tough you might say. She said he was making false and shameful attacks on her record. Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics right out of Karl Roves playbook,” she said - referring to the Republican campaign strategist…. Campaigning in Ohio - Hillary and Obama say that they would use the threat of opting out of the North American Free Trade Agreement to substantially renegotiate the treaty… Passing - William F. Buckley Jr. - Conservative columnist, novelist and television talk show host…

 March 1 - Russia elects lawyer DmitryMedvedev as their new president in a landslide victory. He vowed to follow “the path set by Mr. Putin.”… Primaries/Resuscitating hercampaign - Hillary Rodham Clinton gets victories in Ohio and Texas, snapping Barack Obama’s winning streak…A week dollar is blamed for record oil prices – now up to $103 a barrel. When adjusted for inflation - It’s the highest price for oil in that in April 1980 – the price was $38... Four adults and two children are found slain in a home in Memphis. Three other children were badly wounded in an attack...  Prince Harry returns home after a 10-week afghan tour of duty. He left Afghanistan after details of his tour were leaked...

March 8 - Gov. Eliot Spitzer of NY - apologizes to the public after a federal wiretap caught him allegedly arranging to meet a high priced prostitute in a Washington hotel…Two days after the Feds identify Gov Eliot Spitzer of NY as a client of a high-prices prostitution ring – he announces his resignation... Sen. Barack Obama beats Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wyoming Caucuses.... Federal authorities are investigating Countrywide Financial Corp. for securities fraud as the FBI is in the early stages of an inquiry...

CNN - Gov. Spitzer Announces Resignation

 March 15 - Squeezed by the sub-prime crisis - the highly leveraged Bear Stearns gets a Fed bailout…

Bear Stearns Plunges - CNBC

More March 15 - Just after being sworn in, New York Gov. David Patterson admits to adultery with multiple women while serving in the state senate…. The Fed aids in a fire sale of Bear Stearns - at $2 a share. It’s now getting into a lending action with shaken securities firms such as JP Morgan and such…

More Fall Of Bear Stearns

The History Channel drops (the, channel) and is now History. The company feels the word “channel” is drag on its branding in other medias - particularly the InternetA crane tower at an east side Manhattan construction site topples without warning, killing four construction workings and injuring eight others... In San Diego – a judge orders Starbucks to pay back tips, with interest that the company had handed over to shift supervisors from baristas... The Dow soars 420 points after an interest rate cut – to 2.25%.  

 March 23 - $10 more per share - JPMorgan Chase & Co. Says it will pay five times its original offering price for Bear Stearns and shift $1 billion of risk in the deal from the Federal Reserve’s shoulders to its own…Iraqi cleric Muqtada Sadr orders his militia to stand down – lay down their weapons and offers Shiite Muslims a way out of six days of fighting that has left more than 350 dead... Baghdad - Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims march to protest a crackdown on Shiite militiamen... Iraqi security forces launch a major crackdown against militiamen in the southern oil hub of Basra...  Vice President Dick Cheney charges that Iran is trying to develop weapons-grade uranium, though international inspectors and U.S. intelligence services have not found evidence of such an effort. 

Hilary Clinton For President Ad

April 1 - President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin fail to overcome their conflicts on a missile defense system the U.S. plans to build in Central Europe... Hillary Rodham Clinton launches a TV ad that questions John McCain’s readiness to deal with an economic crisis.  The ad is called “3a.m” and goes something like this – “John McCain just said the government shouldn’t take any real acting on the housing crisis; he’d let the phone keep ringing. “Hillary Clinton has a plan to protect our homes, create jobs. It’s 3 a.m., time for a president who’s ready,” says a voice/over announcer... President Bush tells a NATO summit that the U.S. would increase its number of troops in Afghanistan... Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reach agreement on a multibillion-dollar package to address rampant foreclosures and other problems stemming from the bad housing market... At the National Hurricane Center in Orlando - FEMA announces not to expect to get free ice anymore...  Passing - Actor Charlton Heston . He was 84…

obama facts history april 2013 timelineApril 23 - Barack Obama angrily disowns his former pastor and friend of 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah W. Wright Jr. saying that Wright’s recent comments about race, religion and the U.S. government were “divisive and destructive” and had undermined the purpose of Obama’s presidential candidacy. The government’s economic stimulus program begins - with payouts going out…. Touring New Orleans – presidential candidate John McCain condemns the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina as a failure in leadership and says, “Never again will a disaster of this nature be  handled in the terrible and disgraceful way that it was handled”… The Supreme Court rules that voters will be required to show a photo ID before casting a ballot on Election Day…. Defying President Bush, the House votes to block the administration from cutting federal spending on Medicaid for the poor by $13 billion over the next five years…

May 1 - Four U.S. soldiers die in a series of roadside bombings in Baghdad... Barack Obama wins North Carolina as Hillary Rodham Clinton wins in Indianapolis... The death toll in Myanmar could reach higher than 10,000 after a major cyclone hits... President Bush defends his emphasis on ethanol, saying corn bio fuel isn’t the main cause of high food prices. He says the U.S. should be growing its energy... Al Qaeda uses a haven in Pakistan’s rough tribal areas to double the number of attacks there... The Federal Reserve says it would pump more cash into U.S. banks to keep the nation’s financial system from seizing up...   

May 8 - A magnitude 7.9 earthquake rocks China and at least 10,000 are dead – most from south-central China’s Sichuan province… Jenna Bush marries Henry Hager in a private ceremony at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas…. Liz Claman interviews Warren Buffet & Bill Gates. On Fox Business this weekend! . Oil reaches $125 a barrel – a new high…

 ted kennedy hospitalized may 2008 timelineMay 15 - Mortgage finance company Freddie Mac says that its first-quarter loss widened to $151 million as the U.S. housing market worsened…. Sen. Edward Kennedy is hospitalized after suffering what initially were called “stroke-like symptoms.” Later, he’s diagnosed with brain cancer... President Bush warns against appeasing terrorists. “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all the time. We have heard this foolish delusion before…” ... The California Supreme Court strikes down the state’s ban on same sex marriage... American Airlines announces drastic steps to remain viable, including charging new fees for all checked baggage slashing domestic fights and laying off thousands of workers... 

May 23 - The Texas Supreme Court said the state had no right to take more than 400 children from a polygamist compound last month - and opens the door for the children to be re-united with their families…The Phoenix spacecraft – the first craft designed to taste the water of Mars – lands there and sends back photos... Federal regulators are investigating whether large institutional funds that have been snapping up futures contracts for oil and other commodities may have skewed the market and contributed to rising pump prices... Army Gen. David Petraeus gives Congress a “better” assessment of the Iraq war – saying violence has hit a four-year low and troop reductions are likely this fall... 

June 1 - Barack Obama clinches the democratic nomination, - making history as the first black candidate to lead a major party bid for President…. Hillary Rodham Clinton ends her  campaign and endorses Barrack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination…. Defense Secretary Robert Gates simultaneously fires the civilian and military leaders of the air Force because oversight standards for the U.S. nuclear arsenal had deteriorated on their watch. Gone are Gen T. Michael Mosely - Air Force chief of staff and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne… May unemployment leaps to 5.5% and the price of crude oil soars to a record high, closing at $138.54 a barrel, up $10.75 from a week ago... Gay couples set wedding dates after the California Supreme Court rejects challenges to its decision permitting same-sex couples to wed...  

June 8 - Sen. John McCain triggers a tempest over Iraq, saying it was “not too important” to set a timetable for American troop withdrawals from Iraq. His comment was heard on the “Today” show... Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, visiting Iran where he met with President Mohmoud Ahmadinejad, pledged closer ties between the two neighbors... The Supreme Court rejects for the third time President Bush’s policy of holding foreign prisoners under exclusive control of the military at Guantanamo Bay. They ruled men have a right to seek their freedom before a federal judge... Three hikers die on Mt. Rainer after a blizzard envelopes their group... The Bush Administration orders all companies doing business with the federal government to begin ensuring their employees can legally work in the U.S... 

John McCain for President Ad

June 15 - Water from the swollen Mississippi River surges over more than 10 levees, flooding huge chunks of Missouri farmland and thousands continue to pile sandbags...  Indictments are handed out to two Bear Stearns execs accused of misleading investors over the sub-prime collapse. They are hedge fund managers Ralph Cloffi and Matthew tannin. The indictment alleges they knew the market for bonds backed by home loans given to people with bad credit was beginning to capsize in early 2007, but hid it from investors in two Bear Stearns hedge funds... With the rise in oil – Sen. John McCain proposes to dramatically increase America’s commitment to nuclear power, calling for a crash program to build 45 reactors by 2030 and a long-term goal of building 100 such plants across the country.

john mccain campaign trail  2008  timeline  news photo  mrpopculture June 23 - Obama and Hillary Clinton debut as allies - as they are together for the first time in New Hampshire. Obama praised Clinton for her path breaking candidacy.  And Clinton urged her supporters to get behind Obama…. Sen. John McCain pledges that if elected president, he would put the nation on a path toward independence from foreign oil by 2025…. The Supreme Court rules for the first time that the 2 nd Amendment explicitly protects American’s right to own guns for self defense… Insurgent activity is increasing sharply in Afghanistan and additional troops are needed to combat them…

July 1 - It’s revealed that the U.S. is using spy satellites to monitor the movements of the American-backed Iraqi army... Barack Obama does a re-do interview as he struggled to explain his plan to end the war in Iraq, calling a rare-do-over news conference. He insists that he was not softening his campaign pledge to withdraw al combat troops within 16 months of becoming president... Amid sagging sales, Starbucks says it plans to shut 600 under performing U.S. stores. In a previous announcement, it said it planned to shutter 100 stores. The total equals about 12,000 jobs...

July 8 - The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologizes for making a comment about Barack Obama. He didn’t know the mic was on when he told someone, “Barack, he’s talking down to black people. I want to cut his nuts off.”... Passing Tony Snow (53) of colon cancer. Former TV/radio host and President Bush’s press secretary... The federal government takes control of IndyMacBank – the second largest bank failure in U.S. history... The federal government steps in to prevent a severe disruption of the mortgage market.  It has plans for a sweeping aid package designed to bolster confidence in battered home-loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac... 

Goodbye Tony Snow

July 15 -  Sen. Obama criticizes the Bush administration for failing to protect the American people from weapons of mass destruction and said he would take aggressive measures to do so... Barack Obama delivers a foreign policy address in Washington in which he sought to reassure his supporters that he remains committed to ending the war in Iraq... Raising money - Barack and the Democrats rack up an impressive $25 million lead over Republicans in June... Afghanistan - Barack Obama meets with U.S. troops and receives a military briefing in conditions in Afghanistan... Headed to Iraq for his first visit as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama said now is the time to re-deploy Iraq troops... President Bush agrees to a general time horizon for withdrawals of U.S. combat troops from Iraq...  The Federal Reserve clamps down hard on mortgage lenders issuing rules designed to curb the sorts of risky and deceptive lending practices that helped trigger the current financial mess. Meanwhile – banks are being hit harder from the fallout of IndyMac Bank as investors dump it and other bank stocks...  

Barack Obama For President Ad

July 23 - In Berlin - an estimated 200,000 plus people turn-out to hear Barack Obama. He called for closer ties between Europe and America… Nancy Pelosi whose approval ratings are at historic lows, begins a two-week cross-country campaign to promote her new book - “Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters”… A House panel votes to cite Karl Rove - formerly President Bush’s top aide, for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to testify on allegations of improper White House influence over the Justice Department…

August 1 - Tire gauge - Obama defends his suggestion that motorists should properly inflate their car tires to improve gas mileage and cut oil consumption. John McCain mocked the idea with one of his aides handing out tire gauges emblazoned with the words “Obama’s energy plan” aboard his campaign plane… Author Ron Suskind and his book “The Way of the World” accuses the White House of faking Iraqi documents to suggest a link between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the lead hijacker in the Sept. 1 attacks. The book contends that the White House obtained compelling evidence in early 2003 that Iraq possessed no  significant stocks of nuclear or biological weapons but decided to invade anyway… U.S. unemployment hits 5.4% - the highest since 2004... Chevron Oil reports record profit - $6 billion... Federal authorities say thy have cracked the largest case of identity theft in U.S. history – charging 11 in the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card account numbers from computer systems  of retailers. .. 

nancy pelosi criticizes john mccain august 2008 timelineAugust 8 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes former Democrat Joe Lieberman for campaigning against Sen. Barack Obama, calling the Connecticut senator’s characterizations of the presumptive democratic presidential nominee “totally irresponsible” … After spending a night in jail, Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick is released and now faces two new felony charges that he shoved a Sheriff’s Department investigator last month…The commander of the 2,000 Georgian troops in Iraq says his soldiers would leave the country to join the fight against Russia over a separatist Georgian republic... Russian tanks rumble into the breakaway Georgian republic of South Osetia with some civilians reported killed.. Russian soldiers plunge into western Georgia to open a second front in the 4-day-old war... A military jury sentences Salim Ahmed Hamdan to 5 1/2years in prison for having worked for Osama bin Laden. He was his driver... President Mikheli Saakashvilli of Georgia said he would accept a Russian cease-fire agreement to end a five-day conflict. Under the deal, Georgia would give up claim to two regions seeking independence...  New Obama book – “Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to renew America’s Promise” is coming out Sept. 9.... 

August 15 - What the media perceives as a blunder – John McCain admits that he doesn’t know how many homes he and his wife own, sparking a huge mudfight... The price of oil surges back over the $120 a barrel mark... Campaigning - John McCain challenges Barack Obama’s readiness to be president and understanding of military affairs. Obama accused McCain of questioning his patriotism with the suggestion that Obama would rather lose a war than win an election...  

 August 23 - Barack Obama introduces Joseph Biden as his running mate in Springfield, IL. Biden has been with the Senate for 36 years and is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee… In Denver - Former President Clinton pledges support for Barack Obama – urging his party to get behind him. He lauded the senator as “a 21st century incarnation of the old-fashioned American dream.” And an example of the nation’s “progress toward a more perfect union.”...  Hillary Rodham Clinton, accepting defeat, - tells the crowd – “Barack Obama is my candidate.” “The time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose.”...

Barack Obama Speech At Democratic Convention

Big news - as John McCain makes a surprise choice - choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate… Mayor Ray Nagin , calling the hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast, “the mother of all storms,” declares a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans…  

Sarah Palin Acceptance Speech At Republican Convention

sarah palin history photo  2008 trivia  mrpopcultureSeptember 1 - As Hurricane Gustav nears the Gulf Coast - it’s estimated that 95% of S.Louisiana has fled - and New Orleans is again - a ghost town. Hurricane Gustav hits Louisiana with winds and storm surges, but New Orleans is spared… More than 37 million tuned in to watch Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention  - almost as many as watched Barack Obama accept the Democratic presidential nomination…Unemployment hits 6.1% - the highest in five years – in what is sure to be a major point in the Obama campaign... 

September 8 - Sarah Palin fields questions on foreign affairs for the first time since entering the race with John McCain. …Twenty Five are dead after a Los Angeles Metro Link commuter train collided with a freight train. A train engineer’s failure to heed a red light signal apparently caused the disaster….Campaign - After two days of interviews with ABC’s Charles Gibson - Sarah Palin will now sit down with Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel…. Meanwhile - Barack Obama is set to appear on “Saturday Night Live” on their season premiere this week…. Sarah Palin has given the Republicans a nice bounce - in some cases two points ahead of Barack Obama’s numbers…Russia agrees to pull its troops out of Georgia within a month – but only after international monitors deploy near the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 

Panic In The Markets - So Much Happening

 September 15 - Lehman Brothers files for Bankruptcy - the largest BK ever in the business world.

CNN Reports Market Ripple Of Lehman Bankruptcy

More September 15 - The Dow plummets 504 points among fears after the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers and a possible collapse of insurance giant AIG. Also - Bank of America is taking over Merrill-Lynch in a $50 billion deal  …The Fed rescues insurance giant AIG with an $85 billion loan - the largest such bailout in U.S. history. The action represents an abrupt about-face for the government, which last weekend, appeared to signal an end to federal rescues of private firms by allowing Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc to go belly up…. The Fed gives the green light for the two remaining major investment banks - Goldman Sachs and Morgan Sachs and Morgan Stanley - to become bank holding companies that can create commercials banks to take federally insured deposits and make loans and otherwise act like any other bank…The Dow plummets 504 points among fears after the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers and a possible collapse of insurance giant AIG... AIG is bailed out with an $85 billion government loan. 

CBS News - AIG Bailed Out

 george w bush facts history september 2008 timelineSeptember 23 - The Feds seize and sell Washington Mutual Bank - the biggest U.S. bank failure so far. It was sold to JP Morgan Chase & Co. for $1.9 billionIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declares that the turmoil on Wall Street was rooted in part in U.S. military intervention abroad and voiced hope that the next American administration would retreat from what he called President Bush’s “logic of force.”... On Prime-time TV – President Bush tries to convince a skeptical public and rebellious republicans that the government must put $700 billion of taxpayers money at risk to bail out the financial system... The House rejects a $700-billion emergency plan, causing the most devastating stock market collapse in 21 years, down 777.68 points... Acting on unusual speed, the House approves funding for a $25-billion loan program to help the auto industry build more fuel efficient vehicles... Congressional negotiators and the White House reach a tentative agreement on a $700-billion Wall Street bailout. 

 October 1 - Debate - Vice presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Sarah Palin go at it. They fought over taxes, military strategy and which party could build America….

Palin/Biden Debate Video

The House of Representatives approves the $700-billion Wall Street bailout, setting in motion the largest government intervention in the financial system since the Great Depression… The stock market continues its plummet - plummeting 800 points or 7.7% - fallowing below the 10,000 level for the first time in four years…Mahir Ahmad Mahmud Zubaydi  - an Al Qaeda in Iraq leader suspected of executing a Russian official and orchestrating a recent wave of bombings in Baghdad – is killed by U.S. forces in a shootout... Bombs rip through the end of Ramadan in Baghdad, killing at least 24 worshippers... A jury convicts O.J. Simpson of armed robbery and kidnapping...

October 8 - Financial crisis - The Dow plunges 678.91 points or 7.3% to close at 8,579.19, its lowest level since May 2003…. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says that the government would buy directstakes in banks and other financial institutions for the first time since the Great Depression… Debate in Nashville – John McCain and Barack Obama clash over the economy and the fortunes on Wall Street,.. French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio – wins the Nobel Prize in literature... Linens ‘n Things – the house wares retailer now in bankruptcy – proposes rapidly closing its remaining stores and liquidating merchandise to beat a potential wave of retail failures before the holiday season. 

Joe The Plumber Meets Obama

 joe the plumber  2008 news overview  mrpopcultureOctober 15 - It’s Joe the Plumber! The media just can’t take their eyes off of Joe Wurzelbacher - from Ohio. Neither can John McCain – who brought him up in this week’s presidential debate. But it all started on Sunday, when Obama met Wurzelbacher during a visit to Holland, Ohio, where a TV crew captured an exchange between them. “Joe” asked Obama if he believed in the American dream. “Yes sir” Obama replied. Wurzelbacher then explained that he was trying to purchase a business and worried that he would pay higher taxes under Obama’s proposal. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”…. Polls of Likely Voters - Obama leads McCain 50% to 41%.... 

Third Presidential Debate - Bob Schiffer Moderates

Third and final Presidential debate – John McCain accused Obama of promulgating “class warfare” and – referring to Joe the Plumber – “Joe wants to buy the business that he has been in for all of these years, worked 10, 12 hours a day… but he looked at your tax plan and he saw that he was gong to pay much higher taxes...” Bob Schieffer moderated at Hofstra University at Hempstead, NY... 

Tina Fey on Dave Letterman - October 18

jennfier hudson family murdered october 2008 facts timelineOctober 23 - Federal authorities in Tennessee announce that they had arrested two alleged white supremacists who were reportedly planning a killing spree what would end with the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Arrested were Paul Schlesselman (18) of Arkansas and Daniel Cowart (20) of Tennessee… In Chicago - Actress-singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother are found dead - gunned down during a domestic dispute and her nephew Julian King (7) remains missing. William Balfour, who married Hudson’s sister Julia in 2006, was believed to have abducted his stepson, but when he was arrested, the boy was not with him…The Dow soars almost 11% or about 900 points for no real reason....  Ann Pressley – a 26-year-old Little Rock TV newswoman dies from her injuries after she was beaten at her home. Police say they had no suspects in the death of Anne Presly – who worked for KATV.

Ann Pressley Reporter

john mccain campaigning 2008 facts history timeline November 1 - Last minute campaigning – Ohio is the hotspot - Barack Obama travels across Ohio in last-moment campaigning... Gov. Sarah Palin has some advice for Tina Fey at a rally in Columbus, Ohio – “Get ready for four more years in the role.”.. Joe Biden links McCain with George Bush – saying McCain would continue current economic policies... Arnold Schwarzenegger joins John McCain in Ohio... Al Gore campaigns for Barack Obama in Florida. He urges voters to take nothing for granted – that every vote counts. - Barack Obama is elected the nation’s 44 th president to become the first African-American to claim the country’s highest office….Election night TV coverage drew some 71 million viewers…. President-elect Barack Obama gets his first classified national security briefing and accepts an invitation to meet with president Bush next week and names a White House Chief of staff. That person is Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill)…

 

 November 8 - President-elect Barack Obama urges Congress to pass an economic stimulus package before he takes office. If they fail, he said he will make it “the first thing” he gets done…. Bailout city - AIG’s bailout funds are now at $150 billion - adding pressure to bailout industries such as the big automakers. Is the initial $700 billion enough?...President Bush says he regrets saying displaying the  “Mission Accomplished” sign as backdrop for a speech he gave six weeks after the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... President-elect Barack Obama resigns his Senate seat – effective Sunday of this week. He called his four years in the Capitol “one of the highest honors and privileges” of his life. Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois will appoint Obama’s replacement (oh – really?).  

 November 15 - Al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader – Ayman Zawaahiri said in a message that appeared on militant websites that Barack Obama was “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X and also called the president-elect, along with Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice - “house Negroes.”… Somali pirates operating deep in open waters seize an oil tanker as long as an aircraft carrier. The Saudi-owned vessel was headed to North America…. President-elect Barack Obama said in a “60 Minutes” interview that he was assembling his national security team as quickly as possible and said that capturing or killing Osama bin Laden remained a “critical aspect” of the war on terrorism…. The Dow loses almost another 450 points in what is being described as a panic sell-off. The Dow this week closed below the 8,000 mark - the first time since early 2003…. Citigroup, hit by losses, will slash 52,000 more jobs…

 obama 2008 review news update  photo  mrpopculture December 1 - President-elect Barack Obama , announcing a "new dawn of American leadership," presented his top national security team Monday, picking former presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and asking Robert Gates to stay on as defense secretary… Employers slashed jobs at the swiftest pace in 34 years in November, leading the unemployment rate to rise to 6.7% from 6.5% in October and the highest in 15 years. Speaking after the report, President Bush used the word "recession" for the first time to describe the economy's state… O.J. Simpson, insisting "I didn't mean to hurt anybody," was sentenced to as much as 33 years in prison for kidnapping, armed robbery and other convictions stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in 2007…William Balfour is held without bail in the slayings of Jennifer Hudson’s family as prosecutors suggested jealousy as a possible motive. Balfour, facing first degree murder charges for the three killings, had threatened the family with harm if his estranged wife Julia Hudson – Jennifer's sister...

December 8 - Media conglomerate Tribune Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection. The owner of the Chicago Tribune , the Los Angeles Times , the Chicago Cubs and other properties has $13 billion in debt…. The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich revealed alleged conspiracy and bribery schemes so brazen that veteran investigators and prosecutors could barely contain their revulsion."The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave," said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. In breathtaking detail, the criminal complaint describes the efforts of the Democratic governor and his chief of staff John Harris, who also was arrested, to "sell the U.S. Senate seat" once held by President-elect Barack Obama for a high-paying job, promises of campaign funds, a Cabinet post or ambassadorship or corporate-board seats for Blagojevich's wife, Patricia…. President George W. Bush makes a farewell visit to Iraq, a place that defines his presidency for better or worse, just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it…Bernard Madoff,  is arrested and charged with allegedly running a $50 billion "Ponzi scheme" in what may rank among the biggest fraud cases ever. He’s  former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market and founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, the closely-held market-making firm he launched in 1960. But he also ran a hedge fund that U.S. prosecutors said racked up $50 billion of fraudulent losses....

December 15 - The Bush administration comes to the rescue of the troubled U.S. auto industry,, offering $17.4 billion in loans in exchange for concessions from carmakers and their workers. "Allowing the auto companies to collapse is not a responsible course of action," President George W. Bush said… Barack Obama is Time Magazine's "Person of the Year"... Rates on 30-year-fixed mortgages dropped this week to their lowest levels in at least 37 years, as the Federal Reserve pledged to pour money into the mortgage market to spur home sales and refinancing

December 22 - The average national price of gasoline fell 9 cents the past two weeks, bringing it to its lowest point in nearly five years, according to national surveys. The average price of regular gasoline was $1.66 a gallon, oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said. The price of mid-grade was $1.80 a gallon and the price of premium was $1.92 a gallon…Holiday spending down - Despite some of the deepest price cutting ever seen before Christmas, retail sales still plunged 2% to 4% for the holiday season...  

Year 2008  In Technology News And Information

bill gates consumer electronics show keynote photo  2008  tech trivia  mrpopcultureJanuary - Bill Gates conducts his final keynote address at the International Consumer electronics Show, predicting more Microsoft programs would come pre-installed in cars and more entertainment would be delivered via computer and personal computers would get easier to use. It’s Gate’s 11 th keynote address in as many years…. Netflix will begin delivering movies and other programming directly to TV later this year via set-top box. You’ll have to be on the Internet. …

Warner picks the Blu-Ray DVD format over rival HD DVD and it looks like – that will be the standard High Definition format for DVD’s. Many are expecting HD DVD to die  a quick death. Warner was the last major holdout. Fox, Disney, Sony and MGM have already backed the Blu-Ray format (more here) Researchers at the University of Utah have found that motorists on cell phones drive more hesitantly than undistracted drivers, increasing everyone’s time on the road by as much as 10%..... Amazon reports that fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled with strong holiday sales and it forecast higher revenue this year than Wall Street had anticipated…. Yahoo says it’s laying off 1,000 workers or 7% of its workforce…Sony BMG plans to sell digital music without copyright protection through Amazon, stepping up competition between the Internet retailer and Apple’s iTunes... A grand jury is investigating the death of a Missouri teenager who hanged herself after a cruel MySpace hoax.  The “boyfirend” was really a neighbor who was the mother of one of the girl’s former friends. So far, no charges have been filed against Lori Drew – who wanted to monitor what the teen was saying about her daughter. The dead girl – Megan Meir hung herself after receiving cruel messages – allegedly from the hoax. 

February - Time Warner says it is splitting AOL into two parts - Internet access and content. The content side of AOL seems to be going OK - while the internet access side as slid significantly…. Intel has built a new chip packed with a record 2 billion transistors, more than doubling the processing power of a line of its chips for supercomputers. The new “quad-core” Itanium chips will operate at frequencies up to 2 gigs and have four processing engines on a single chip. Current models have two…. My Space opens it software code to outside developers following rivals Facebook and Bebo….  Microsoft makes an unsolicited $44.6 billion bid to buy Yahoo…. Yahoo Inc. buys Maven Networks Inc. for about $160 million to expand its footprint in the first-growing online video advertising market…. Starbucks Corp. and AT&T Inc will begin offering a mix of free and paid wireless Internet service in most of the coffee retailer’s U.S. shops beginning this spring.The move ends a six-year partnership with T-Mobile, which did not include free Wi-Fi and charged higher fees than AT&T will…. Sony’s Blu-ray emerges the victor in the battle to set the standard for high definition DVD’s - winning over Toshiba’s rival HD DVD. Toshiba announces  that it is abandoning its next generation disc format and will no longer make and market players and recorders… Disney debuts a digital studio that will develop original content for the Internet. It’s called State 9 Digital Media and it debuts “Squeegees,” a comedy series about window-washer slackers on ABC.com and YouTube. Google debuts a free service designed for high teach neophytes looking for a simple way to build a website and edit from the Internet… For the first time - last year - nearly half of all teenagers bought no compact discs - a dramatic increase from 2006, but legal  downloading is picking up steam. In the last year, iTunes - which sells only digital downloads, jumped ahead of Best Buy Co. to become the No 2 U.S. music seller - trailing Wall-Mart…Yahoo Inc. buys Maven Networks Inc. for about $160 million to expand its footprint in the first-growing online video advertising market... Starbucks Corp. and AT&T Inc will begin offering a mix of free and paid wireless Internet service in most of the coffee retailer’s U.S. shops beginning this spring.  The move ends a six-year partnership with T-Mobile, which did not include free Wi-Fi and charged higher fees than AT&T will... Documents dating from the Civil war and others to and from Presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt are among hundreds of stolen documents sold online that EBay is agreeing to buy back and return to New York’s archives....  “American Idol” and iTunes reach an agreement – announcing that music performances of “Idol” semifinalists will go on sale this week on iTunes for 99 cents per song. 

apple computer 2008 facts history march timeline techMarch - Apple Inc., clamping criticism, now says the iPhone will soon work with corporate e-mail services and run software applications made by outside developers. “The second stage of the iPhone kicks in because of this” said CEO Steve Jobs… Microsoft says it will cut the price of some versions of Windows Vista. At the launch, Microsoft was widely criticized for offering too may versions of the operating system -including Home Basic…. The Pentagon has banned Google’s digital mapping vehicles from all military installations after detailed photos of Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio appeared on Google Maps... No more regular search engine -  Ask.com says it will now focus on a narrower market – married women looking for help managing their lives. As a result, they will lay-off about 40 employees... TiVo - the digital video recorder maker, announces that its customers would be able to watch YouTube videos on their TV’s using one model of TiVo’s set-top box sometime this year Monthly - 66 million viewers watch about 2.6 billion videos on YouTube, accounting for about 57% of the 116.7 million monthly online video audience…. Apple Inc. says more than 100,000 software kits had been downloaded in the last week by developers interested in creating programs for the iPhone… Facebook says users will now be able to better distinguish between friends, family and co-workers and share info accordingly. It’s also roll-out an instant- messaging or chat feature that it plans to launch in weeks. Facebook now has some 67 million users… Facebook says users will now be able to better distinguish between friends, family and co-workers and share info accordingly. It’s also roll-out an instant-messaging or chat feature that it plans to launch in weeks. Facebook now has some 67 million users... ValueClick Inc – will pay federal authorities $2.9 million to settle charges of deceptive e-mails and cone-on ads... Apple and Nike are working with manufacturers and Health clubs to allow members to plug their iPod’s into cardio equipment to track workouts and such... 

April - Apple files a federal challenge to New York’s trademark application for a new “Big Apple” logo, saying it’s too similar to the stylized emblem found on iPhones, iPods and iMac computers. ….Looks like iTunes is the #1 music seller – behind Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Amazon…Yahoo begins promoting “Amp” – a new tool model for advertising... MySpace unveils a joint venture with the world’s top three music labels to offer music for sale and it’s likely to give iTunes a run for its money... Amazon TextBuyit launches this week – and lets people text the name of a product, its description or its UPC or ISBN or 262966 – that’s from anywhere their cellphones work, including inside stores...

 google most popular search engine trivia 2008 may tech trivia  mrpopculture photoMay - Microsoft will sell TV shows at its own online store for use on its Zune music and video player. … Microsoft yanks their $42 billion takeover offer for Yahoo….  Desktop telescope - Microsoft unmasks a visual guide to the universe – an application free of charge. The engine provides panning and zooming that allows viewers to focus on a particular planet or cluster of stars without abandoning the scale of the area surrounding it….  MySpace says it would soon enable users to quickly share profile data with websites operated by Yahoo , EBay and others. MySpace aims to save its users keystrokes and enable them to export their photos, videos and lists of friends.,,, Last June, five companies including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo formed the OpenID coalition to create a single user name and password for people to use across the Internet…. Google has surpassed Yahoo to become the most popular website in the U.S. Google has long been the Internet’s leader in search but its audience has trailed Yahoo’s when counting other services such as e-mail and photo sharing. The lead is tiny - 466,000 visitors out of about 141 million apiece…Bill Gates $37 billion foundation is buying shares of Vitec Group – the British broadcast-equipment maker... “Buket” – the famous YouTube video tagger is really Cyrus Yazdani – a college grad with a job as a convention planner in Las Vegas. But Buket has several YouTubes show him defacing road signs in Los Angeles.  

 June - Going Viral -  Last month – just three days after Weezer posted “Pork & Beans” on YouTube, some 2.2 million had watched it. A feature called YouTube Insight introduced in March, gives YouTube account holders who have uploaded videos to the site a range of states, charts and maps about their audiences...Yahoo Inc. Chief executive Jerry Yang pushes for an employee severance program that makes it more expensive for Microsoft corp. to engineer a takeover. Apple unveils a new version of the iPhone - lighter and thinner 3G phones (3 rd generation). They’ll go on sale July 11 for $199 or $299 depending on sergey brin russian spacecraft facts history june 2008 timeline googlestorage capacity…Sergey Brin – Co-founder of Google, has put down a $5 million deposit for a seat aboard a Russian spacecraft. Launch date is set for 2011...  Rhapsody America a top web subscription base music service, opens a digital download store – challenging iTunes...  

 July - American Airlines says customers will be able to test in-flight Internet access on two flights… Ticketing website fandango acquires movies.com…. Apple cuts $500 off the price of the upgraded version of its supermodel-thin MacBook Air laptop to $2,598…. Google Lively” – Google launches a virtual experience. It allows users to create virtual representations of themselves then decorate their own virtual rooms, invite friends to that room and do things they’ve always dream of…. EBay Inc scores a victory in court as a federal judge said companies such as Tiffany & Co. - not auction platforms like EBay, are responsible for policing their trademarks online. Tiffany had sued EBay - arguing that most items listed for sale as genuine Tiffany products on EBay’s sites were fake… Another new search engine has launched. “”Cuil” - pronounced Cool. Its president - Anna Patterson - says it is trying to reinvent the search experience. She’s from Google and was one of the architects of its TeraGoogle search index that launched in 2006. She says search engines can’t keep up with the explosive growth of the Internet or with the needs of users who often get frustrated sifting  through random results. Cull indexes 120 billion Web pages, ranks results by relevance instead of popularity, organizes the results by ideas and protects the privacy of its users….. Intel profits jumped 25% in the second quarter – benefiting from the surging global demand for laptops and the processors that power them... EBay Inc scores a victory in court as a federal judge said companies such as Tiffany & Co. – not auction platforms like EBay, are responsible for policing their trademarks online. Tiffany had sued EBay – arguing that most items listed for sale as genuine Tiffany products on EBay’s sites were fake. The FCC finally approves the Sirius-XM satellite radio merger - ending a 16-month long drama…

facebook doubles users   2008  trivia timeline tech   mrpopcultureAugust - Delta Airlines announces that it would begin offering Wi Fi for fee – on its domestic flights this fall. It’ll be the first major U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi on its entire domestic fleet... Facebook has doubled its users from a year ago - some 132.1 million worldwide…Apple demands silence from the designers of games – who want to develop applications for the iPhone. As a result, iPhone developers and business that cater to them – say they are prohibited from asking technical questions or sharing tops anywhere in public...  

September - Google releases a new web browser - Chrome. Here’s a look at the top Internet Browsers -Internet Explorer - has 72.15% of the market… Firefox - 19.73%... Safari - 6.37%.... Opera - .74%.... Netscape - .72% Others - .27%... Google will sell some commercials for NBC’s cable networks. It’s the first time that Google will broker ads sold through a TV network - even though its TV Ads service is two-years old… The four major record labels plan to start selling their music on mini flash memory cards that can be loaded onto mobile phones, digital music players and car stereos. The SlotMusic cards (made by SanDisk), will also come preloaded with liner notes, cover artwork and perhaps video. They are expected to go on sale before the holiday season. Napster Inc says it has agreed to be acquired by Best Buy Co for $121 million. Best Buy says it plans to use Napster’s technology and services to sell music, video and more…. Google unveils a cellphone that many believe could challenge Apple’s iPhone. Look for the G1 phone in stores Oct. 22. It sells for $179.00… Yahoo Inc. launches a much-anticipated upgrade on its online advertising system. The Apt ad platform, formerly known as Amp is intended to make it easier for advertisers and publishers to buy and sell display ads.... 

 guitar hero III facts history timeline game october 2008October - Google introduces technology to insert commercial spots into online video games. It’s working with game makers and advertisers to test the system… Nexflix strikes a deal to make its movie and TV shows available to about 1 million TiVo owners that have high-speed Internet connections…. Nintendo’s Wii video game console continues to be a hot seller. … The fourth installment of “Guitar Hero” hits stores and sells for $189.99. Guitar Hero III, released last October, sold 9.1 million copies in the U.S…Apple Inc says strong iPhone and Macintosh sales boosted its quarterly profit – 26%... Google debuts its G1 phone – an iPhone competitor... Music site Lala will sell 10-cent songs. It’s stored online though and can be listened to only through a computer’s Web browser – no Ipod or mp-3 player... EBay says it will halt the sale of ivory on its websites after an animal welfare group found the website was listing thousands of animal products taken from endangered species... The music of the Beatles will be part of a new interactive video game. From the creators of the Rock Band game – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison have been involved in creating the game... 

 November - The FCC approves the largest ever expansion of wireless Internet access - backing a plan to allow a new generation of devices to use the empty airwaves between television channels to go online… Goggle is shutting its virtual world - “Lively” which it launched less than five months ago… TiVo and Dominoes Pizza launch a service that allows consumers to order food delivery from their TV set-top boxes. TiVo has 3.6 million subs who have a broadband-ready box. This is the first of its kind and will probably expand. Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang says that he plans to step down as soon as he could find a successor…Caving to pressure from the federal inaugural committee, EBay removes tickets to the Jan. 20 searing-in ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama from its websites.  Tickets were listed from a low of $1,950 to a high of $7,500... Radio News – Sirius and XM begin to merge channels, but still remain separate services... Goggle is shutting its virtual world - “Lively” which it launched less than five months ago... 

December - Video games expected to do well this holiday season as experts expect overall retail sales to grow a modest 2.2% over last year, but sales of video games could improve as much as 15% over 2007, says analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities. "With the hours of play that video games give you, it's a very cost-effective purchase," he says... Wal-Mart confirmes that it will be selling Apple’s iPhone 3G beginning Sunday at about 2,500 stores. The price, with a new two-year service agreement with AT&T (or qualified upgrade), is $197 for the black 8GB model and $297 for the black or white 16GB version...

Sony’s Playstation 2 leads the list for most popular game consoles in 2008:

PlayStation 2  31.7%
Xbox 360 17.2%
Wii 13.4%
Xbox 9.7%
PlayStation 3 7.3%
GameCube 4.6%

Other 16.2%

2008 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

eli manning superbowl winner phto  january 2008  sports news trivia  mrpopcultureJanuary - Passing - Sir Edmund Hillary - first man to scale Mt. Everest. He was 88…. Passing - Carl Karcher - founder of Carl’s Jr. hamburger outlets. He was 90…. Passing - Johnny Grant - honorary mayor of Hollywood and presided over all those Hollywood star ceremonies. Johnny’s a former Los Angeles DJ as well….  Olympian sprinter Marion Jones gets six months in prison and two years of community service for lying about steroid use and her involvement in a check-fraud scheme... Alex Ovechklin signs a $124 million, 13-year contract extension with the Washington Capitols – the first $100 million deal in NHL history.... Passing – Georgia Frontiere – former entertainer who inherited the LA Rams. She was 80. She ticked off a lot of people when she moved the team to Anaheim in 1980 – then to St. Louis in 1995...  Season 5 “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks and Arista Records are parting ways. His debut album, released at the end of 2006 sold 699,000 copies and he’s still working on his second album. Season 6 winner Jordan Sparks has not set the world on fire - either. Her debut album, released in November, is the lowest for any Idol winner this far. Her first week sold 110,000 copies…. Passing - Christain Brando - troubled son of the legendary actor Marlon Brando.  He was 49…. Passing - Actress Lois Nettleton . She was 80….

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is in the spotlight as the Giants defeat the New England Patriots in a good game -17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. He shouted the familiar -“I’m Going to Disneyland” after the win -but never showed up at Disneyland’s parade due to late flights. Disney has recorded “I’m going to Disneyland!” TV spots…

Super Bowl XLII Trophy

 adam pacman charges dropped february 2008 football history timelineFebruary - John Santana and the New York Mets agree to terms on a $137.5-million six-year contract – a record for a pitcher... A judge in Tennessee drops charges against suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones agreeing with a prosecutor that the player has been punished enough over his legal trouble over the past year... NASCAR – Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives his No. 88 Hendrick Chevrolet past Tony Stewart’s Toyota and two laps left to win the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona...  Passing - Actor Roy Scheider – best known for “Jaws.” He was 75…. Passing - Actor David Groh - gained fame playing Joe Gerard on “Rhoda”… “American Idol” and iTunes reach an agreement - announcing that music performances of “Idol” semifinalists will go on sale this week on iTunes for 99 cents per song…. Passing - Mike Smith - lead singer and keyboardist with the pop 1960’s band “The Dave Clark Five.” He died of pneumonia at 64…

March -will.l.am – the Black Eyed Peas frontman releases a star- studded music video in a tribute to the presidential candidate. On it - Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, Kerry Washington and George Lopez. Name of the video - “We Are The Ones”… Passing - Actor/director Ivan Dixon . He was 76… Rapper T.I. pleads guilty in Atlanta to federal weapons possession charges and will receive a sentence that includes prison time after he completes a period of community service… Passing - Neil Aspinall - lifelong friend of the Beatles from their beginnings. He became their road manager and spent nearly 40 years as the chief protector of the group’s recorded legacy as head of Apple Corps. He was 66…

April - Serena Williams defeats Jelena Jankovic at key Biscayne for her fifth title at the Sony Ericsson Open…

oscar de la hoya wins  may 2008 trivia boxing sports  mrpopcultureMay - Oscar de la Hoya defeats Steve Forbes as the fight goes all 12 rounds…. General Motors reports a $3.3 billion loss for the first quarter of this year…Quiksilver Inc – maker of the namesake surfing and snowboarding gear, is sued by sports network ESPN on claims it violated a trademark on the cable channel’s X-Games competition franchise. Quicksilver uses a stylized “X” emblem on clothing that is similar to ESPN’s logo for the series of surfing and biking contests...  Passing - Comedic actor Harvey Korman. He was 81….Passing - Sydney Pollack - Academy Award winning director…. He was 73…. Passing - Dick Martin - of Rowan and Martin fame…. May unemployment leaps to 5.5% and the price of crude oil soars to a record high, closing at $138.54 a barrel, up $10.75 from a week ago… Sony Pictures Entertainment acquires Endemol Group, a Dutch company who owns the rights to “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” for $223 million… Passing - Bo Diddley (79)…

Indy 500 - New Zealand's Scott Dixon wins the race. 

June - Adam “Pacman” Jones can join the Dallas Cowboys for everything but the regular season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would decide by Sept. 1 whether to fully end Jones’ suspension. Meanwhile, the Cowboys agree to a three-year $27 million contract extension with receiver Terrell Owens...   

Stanley Cup - Detroit Redwings defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 2. Henrik Zettenburgh gets MVP.

NBA Championship - The Boston Celtics claim their 17th NBA championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 in game 6.

More June - Omaha - On the first day of U.S. Olympic swim trials, Michael Phelps, does the 400m in 4 minutes 5.25 seconds – a record.  Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines – his 14th major title win...NBC Sports and World Championship Sport Network, team up to create Universal Sports – adding to their online sports package...   Radio news – Don Imus, responding about racial remarks on his radio program said he was trying to “make a sarcastic point” about unfair treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system but had been misunderstood. He said, ‘there you go – now you know” after asking his sports guy, - Warner Wolfe, what color is he (referring to s story about Cowboys’s cornerback Adam Jones getting arrested again).  

rush limbaugh signs new deal july 2008 radio history trivia timeline July - Passing - Jesse Helms - former North Carolina Senator…. Advertising Trend - More freebies for “America” - Coke says everyone can get a free bottle of Coke Zero if one of its sponsored drivers wins a NASCAR event. A few months ago, Dr. Pepper promised a free soda to everyone in America if Axl Rose put out a new Guns N’ Roses album in 2008. Taco Bell did it twice, most recently last year during the World Series, offering a free taco to everyone in America - the first time someone stole a base… Passing - Larry Harmon - The creator of “Bozo the Clown.” He was 83…. Radio - Rush Limbaugh signs a lucrative deal, believed to be $38 million a year with Premiere Radio Networks that keeps on the air until 2016… Christie Brinkley’s divorce trial ends with a settlement. Heard - testimony about her fourth husband’s affair with a teen and his Internet porn proclivities. She gets custody of their two children and some property. Hubby Peter Cook gets $2.1 million… Author Danielle Steel has just published her 75 th book and says she just wants to keep working. “Rogue” is now out in bookstores…. Budweiser agrees to be purchased by InBev of Belgium in a $52 billion merger that will create the world’s largest brewer to be called Anheuser-Busch InBev…. The final All-Star game is played at Yankee Stadium as the America League beat the National League (4-3)….

brad angelina babies 2008 facts timeline image Passing - Jo Stafford - pop singer of the late 1940’s and 1950’s…P assing - Les Crane (74) - One time ABC TV talkshow host who competed with Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show…. ESPN unveils a new digital strategy - called ESPN Action Sports Network – all online and it will debut in the fall. The new hub encompasses a cluster of Internet sites - each devoted to a specific “action sport,’ to offer  coverage of events that aren’t usually carried on main-stream television… The photo rights for pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins may be $14 million! People magazine will feature Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon in an issue to hit newsstands this week. The money will go to a foundation created by the couple that focuses on helping children around the world… The NFL implants a code of fan conduct, warning that spectators who misbehave will be ejected from stadiums and barred from returning….The NFL will offer live streaming of its Sunday night games beginning in September. It’s a first for the NFL and will other games follow?... The WNBA suspends five Sparks players and five Detroit Shock players and assistant coach Rick Mahorn for their involvement in an on-court melee this week... On Fox-TV- This year’s baseball All-Star game is the most watched in history – with 14.54 million viewers as the American League best the National League 4-3. 

August –  The Los Angeles Dodgers obtain Manny Ramierz from the Boston Red Sox in a non- waiver trade - in one of the most significant deadlines deals in their history. Ramirez will paid the remaining $7 million of his $21million by the Red Sox….  Sept. 9…..Passing – Skip Caray – longtime voice of the Atlanta Braves and heard nationally over TBS....   Drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. - the largest provider of prescription in the country, says it will acquire Longs Drug Stores Corp. for about $2.6 billion…. Olympic star Michael Phelps says he will write a book telling the story behind his historic eight gold-medal swims - and it should be out before Christmas… Gary Glitter, who was released from a Vietnamese prison - arrives in his homeland of Britain. He tried Thailand and Hong Kong - none would have him so - now he’s back in Britain. He says he wants to clear his name, that his trial in Vietnam was a travesty of justice. He was convicted of child molestation…

michael phelps 2008 olympic games facts history timeline Michael Phelps - Olympic Superstar - receiving a total of 8 gold medals at the summer olympics in China. A record. 

NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics has the network running-away with the ratings. NBC proclaims the games the most-watched TV event in history - estimated at 214 million viewers seeing at least a portion of the Summer Olympics over 17 days… CBS says it plans to sell 50 radio stations in a dozen mid-size markets... Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps will be a presenter at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 7. He’ll then host the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on September 13. 

September - Passing - Jerry Reed. He was 71…. Suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones enters an alcohol treatment center... 

phil spector second trial  octo 2008  music trivia news photo  mrpopculture OctoberFormer Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry is arrested following an alleged cocaine deal... Passing - Nick Reynolds - Founding member of “The Kingston Trio.” He was 75… Passing - Lloyd Thaxton - host of a popular teen dance show during the 1960’s. He later became an Emmy award-winning producer and director of a consumer advocacy program called “Fight Back.” He was 81… …Passing - Mr. Blackwell (Richard Selzer) - the man with the worst dressed lists each year. He was 86…. Passing - Tony-winning actress and singer Edie Adams - who was once Mrs. Ernie Kovacs…. Passing - TV gameshow host Jack Narz. He was 85…. Passing - trumpeter Neal Hefti…  Phil Spector’s second trial opens and the prosecutor this time, says it will show a history of violence leading to murder…

World Series - The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in five games. Cole Hamels got the MVP. 

November - Passing - Michael Crichton - creator of Jurassic Park and ER - and book author and - you name it. He was 66…. porn stars such as Sasha Grey are landing in mainstream films! There’s also Katie Morgan - but the pioneer in porn-to-mainstream is Tracie Lords back in the early 1990’s….  Passing - Shakir Stewart - succeeded Jay-Z as head of the hip hop music label def jam recordings. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 34… Giants’ Tim Lincecum wins the National League Cy Young Award. He was 18-5 with a 2.62 earned-run average and a major league best 265 strikeouts…. Another NASCAR title Jimmie Johnson wins a record third consecutive Cup race- this time - it was the NASCAR Sprint Cup title in Phoenix… St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols wins his second National League MVP. Pujols hit .357 with 37 home runs and 116 runs batted in….

junior seau fan attack december 2008 sports history timeline photoDecember - The Dallas Cowboys play their final game at Texas Stadium , Alas, the Baltimore Ravens ruined the fun, wiping out an early Dallas lead and turning back repeated comeback attempts in the final minutes... A football spectator pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing and assault and battery for tackling New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau on the sidelines during the team’s 47-7 win over Arizona on Sunday... David Gregory is named permanent host of “Meet the Press”… Passing - Van Johnson(92)… Passing - Eartha Kitt(81)…

 

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