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2008 Trivia, Facts & History

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World Series Champions

Philadelphia Phillies

Superbowl Champions

New York Giants

NBA Champions

Boston Celtics

Stanley Cup Champs

Detroit Red Wings

U.S. Open Golf

Tiger Woods

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Roger Federer/Serena Williams

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Rafael Nadal/Venus Williams

NCAA Football Champions


NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby

Big Brown

World Cup (Soccer)


The Hotties and Fashion Icons

Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Michelle Geller, Christina Aguilera, Charlize Theron, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, Beyonce, Marissa Miller, Eva Longoria, Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, Hayden Panerriere, Elisha Cuthbert, Eva Mendes, Lindsay Lohan, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Tisdale

Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Barack Obama

Miss America

Kirsten Haglund

The Scandals and Odd News

Shanon Matthews' disappearance in 2008 triggered the biggest manhunt in the UK for 30 years and TV appeals from her mother. She was found weeks later: her mother and an accomplice kept her drugged under a bed in order to claim reward money.

The United States was ranked the 18th most obese nation.

In 1957 journalist Drew Pearson claimed that John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage had been ghost-written by his speechwriter Ted Sorenson. JFK's father sued and ABC retracted the statement and apologized. In 2008 Sorensen admitted he wrote most of the book.

2008 Pop Culture News

2008's Tropical Storm Marco is the smallest tropical cyclone ever record; yielding a 18.5km wide core which became the smallest in recorded history.

The year 2008 was declared the International Year of the Potato by tne UN.

Joel Waul set the Guinness World Record with a 9400 lb rubber band ball comprised of 700,000 rubber bands. It was purchased by Ripley's Believe It or Not in 2009.

The first literal music video uploaded - Take on Me

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2008: $2,700,000

The Picture

Bruce Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore and her new husband Ashton Kutcher went sailing and fishing together, and this oddly disturbing, unretouched photo is proof of the event!

The Habit

Reading The Appeal by John Grisham

Popular Movies:

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cloverfield, The Dark Knight, Dr. Suess' Horton Hears A Who, Gran Torino, Get Smart, Hancock, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Mamma Mia!, Marley and Me, Quantum of Solace, Sex and the City, Slumdog Millionaire, Twilight, WALL-E, Wanted

The Big Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. The Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
4. Hancock
6. Kung Fu Panda
7. Twilight
8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
9. Quantum of Solace
10. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

2008's Most Popular TV Shows

1. American Idol Results (Fox)
2. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
3. CSI (CBS)
5. The Mentalist (CBS)
6. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9. Criminal Minds (CBS)
10. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 2008 include
AC/DC, Adele, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Metallica, Pink, Rihanna, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, T.I.,

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 2008

December 1, 2007 - January 4, 2008: Alicia Keys - No One

January 5, 2008 - March 14, 2008: Flo Rida featuring T-Pain - Low

March 15, 2008 - April 4, 2008: Usher featuring Young Jeezy - Love in This Club

April 5, 2008 - April 11, 2008: Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love

April 12, 2008 - May 2, 2008: Mariah Carey - Touch My Body

May 3, 2008 - May 23, 2008: Lil Wayne featuring Static Major - Lollipop

May 24, 2008 - June 27, 2008: Rihanna - Take a Bow

June 28, 2008 - July 4, 2008: Coldplay - Viva la Vida

July 5, 2008 - August 22, 2008: Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl

August 23, 2008 - September 5, 2008: Rihanna - Disturbia

September 6, 2008 - September 26, 2008: T.I. - Whatever You Like

September 27, 2008 - October 17, 2008: Pink - So What

October 18, 2008 - October 24, 2008: T.I. featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life

October 25, 2008 - December 12, 2008: Britney Spears - Womanizer

December 13, 2008 - January 16, 2009: Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

More Pop Culture Resources

Popular Music in 2008 ~ # 1 Hits of 2008