Feature Year: 2008 6pm ET

January 17 – Bobby Fischer, American-Icelandic chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion (b. 1943) Died
January 21 – Stock markets around the world plunge amid growing fears of a U.S. recession, fueled by the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis.
January 22 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979) Died
February 19 – Fidel Castro announces his resignation as President of Cuba, effective February 24.
March 2 – Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966) Died
April 22 – Surgeons at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital perform the first operations using bionic eyes, implanting them into 2 blind patients.
May 12 – Robert Rauschenberg, American pop artist (b. 1925) Died
June 2 – Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928) Died
June 13 – Tim Russert, American journalist (b. 1950) Died
July 25 – Johnny Griffin, American saxophonist (b. 1928) Died
August 10 – Isaac Hayes, African-American musician (b. 1942) Died
August 15 – Jerry Wexler, American music producer (b. 1917) Died
August 17 – Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, winning eight.
September 1 – Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940) Died
September 15 – Richard Wright, English musician (b. 1943) Died
September 26 – Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925) Died
November 4 – United States presidential election, 2008: Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, and becomes the first African-American President-elect.
December 2 – Odetta, American singer (b. 1930) Died
December 25 – Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress (b. 1927) Died
December 29 – Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1938) Died

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