My life, the News and Pop Culture of 2008

Everyone usually does this, and you all know how I like to follow a trend…OK, that’s a lie, but I was bored anyway…

WHAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE!!!

Jan:
Spent New Years day in a car/van driving to Iowa to report on the Iowa caucuses – got to see Hilary and Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Chris Dodd and be at Obama’s winning rally
Feb:
turned 20, two decades! Yay! Haha
March:
I spent Spring Break at a journalism conference in New York City with some wonderful people from the Index. We got stuck in the NYC airport and had to spend the night, but every wrong turn was worth it.
April:
The maroon van I owned transmission died, so I recycled it and got me a red Pontiac Sunfire.
May:
My first niece was born, Sylvia Leigh – May 6
Visited the Botanical Gardens (St. Louis, Mo.) for the first time
June:
I started work at The Vital Voice (intern) and Home Depot (cashier) where I met a lot of awesome people.
I started physical therapy for my right shoulder that was hurt in the final Index softball game back in May.
July:
Float Trip along the Meramec River – mid July
Aug:
Quit job at Home Depot (transferred to Kirksville location)
Cardinals game with the Float Trip crew
Moved into my first apartment
Sept:
Surgery on my right foot due to a reoccurring broken fifth metatarsal, doctors put screw in to fix the bone in place. I am put on crutches for six weeks, get a handicapped parking spot until January 2nd

Oct: I went to Kansas City over Halloween for another journalism conference. Index wins second place in the Best in Show category during the awards ceremony.
I attended the largest Barack Obama rally in the United States under the arch in St. Louis with Kelley. It was pretty much awesome.
Attended a Ben Folds concert (front row!)
Nov:
Voted for the next President of the United States for the first time.
Attended a OneRepublic concert (front row AND met the band!)
Dec:
Went to a Blues’ game

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE NEWS!?!

Jan:
Bush Delivers Last State of the Union (Jan. 28):

Feb:
Castro Resigns as President of Cuba (Feb. 19):
Fidel Castro, who temporarily handed power to his brother Raúl in July 2006 when he fell ill, permanently steps down after 49 years in power.
Writers’ Strike Ends (Feb. 12): cost the entertainment industry over $2 billion.
Gunman Kills Six Students in Illinois (Feb. 14): Gunman kills six students and then himself and wounds 15 more when he opens fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University.

March:
New York Governor Admits Involvement in Prostitution Ring (March 10):
Eliot Spitzer, the former attorney general of New York is pressured to resign after the New York Times reports that he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet a prostitute in a Washington hotel. (I WAS IN NEW YORK FOR THIS!)
Several Are Killed in Crane Collapse (March 15): Seven people die and dozens are wounded when a construction crane collapses in Manhattan and destroys a town house and damages other buildings. (I WAS ALSO IN NEW YORK FOR THIS!)

April:
Olympic Torch Relay Draws Protests (April 6):
Dozens of human rights protesters are arrested in London after they clash with police who line the route of the Olympic torch relay.
Woman Wins Indy Race (April 20): Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

May:
House Passes Farm Bill (May 14):
Approves, 318 to 106, a $307 billion bill that increases subsidies to farmers and expands by $10.3 billion nutrition programs, including food stamps.
Kennedy Diagnosed with a Brain Tumor (May 20): Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts who’s been in office since 1963, is diagnosed with a malignant glioma.
Earthquake Kills Thousands in China (May 12): As many as 68,000 people are killed and thousands injured when an estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China.

June:
North Korea Takes Steps Toward Denuclearization (June 26):
Officials hand over to China a list of its nuclear facilities as well as information on the amount of reprocessed plutonium in its possession.
Obama Secures the Democratic Nomination (June 3): On the final day of the 2008 primary season, Sen. Barack Obama secures 2,154 delegates and becomes the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. He’s the first black candidate to head a major party ticket in a presidential election.

Several Die in Midwest Floods (June 9):
July:
Senator Is Indicted on Seven Felony Counts (July 29): Ted Stevens, a Republican from Alaska, is charged with failing to report more than $250,000 in gifts from the VECO Corporation, one of the state’s biggest oil-field contractors. He denies the allegations.
California Bans Trans Fats in Restaurants (July 25): Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a law that prohibits the use of hydrogenated oils in the state’s 88,000 restaurants.

Aug:
Obama Picks Biden as Running Mate (Aug. 23):
In a text message delivered to his supporters at 3 a.m., presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama announces that he has selected Delaware senator Joe Biden as his pick for vice president.
The Democratic National Convention Opens in Denver (Aug. 25):
The Summer Games Open with a Spectacular Ceremony and Tragedy (Aug. 8): The Games open in Beijing with 14,000 performers and 91,000 spectators in the National Stadium.

Sept:
Hurricane Affects Opening of the Republican National Convention (Sept. 1):
McCain’s choice for vice president, Alaska governor Sarah Palin, announces that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant. (Sept. 2):
More Than Two Dozen Die in Train Crash (Sept. 12): At least 25 people die when a commuter train crashes head-on into a freight train in Chatsworth, California.

Oct:
Connecticut Legalizes Gay Marriage (Oct. 10):
The state’s Supreme Court rules that a state law that limits marriage to heterosexual couples and a civil union law that protects gay couples violate equal protection rights guaranteed by the constitution.
Senate Passes Bailout Plan (Oct. 1): Two days after the House of Representatives rejected a similar deal, the Senate votes, 74 to 25, in favor of a “sweetened” plan.

Nov:
Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker (Nov. 18):
The Saudi oil tanker, anchored about 480 miles off the coast of Somalia, is loaded with some two million barrels of oil, worth about $100 million.
Barack Obama Is Elected President (Nov. 4): In an election that is historic on many levels, Democratic senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election against Sen. John McCain, taking 338 electoral votes to McCain’s 161.
California Votes to Outlaw Same-Sex Marriage (Nov. 4): Voters narrowly pass a ballot measure, Proposition 8, that overturns the May 15, 2008, California Supreme Court decision that said same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Congress Rejects Plea for Bailout by U.S. Automakers (Nov. 20): Democratic lawmakers say that after two days of hearings, leaders from Ford, GM, and Chrysler failed to put forth a strategy that would salvage their flagging businesses.

Dec:
Journalist Throws Shoes at Bush (Dec. 14):
While appearing at a news conference in Baghdad with Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, Muntader al-Zaidi, a reporter for Al Baghdadia, a Cairo-based satellite television network, hurls his shoes at President Bush and calls him a “dog.” The shoes narrowly miss Bush’s head.
Obama Formally Announces National Security Team and Other Cabinet Members (Dec. 1): President-elect Barack Obama introduces Sen. Hillary Clinton, his rival in the Democratic presidential primary, as his pick for Secretary of State.
Illinois Governor Accused of Selling Obama’s Senate Seat (Dec. 9): In several phone conversations with advisers that were recorded by the FBI since the Nov. 4, 2008, election, Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, plotted ways to benefit financially from his duty to fill Chicago’s senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

WHAT HAPPENED IN POP CULTURE!!!

Jan:
– (Jan 18) 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl released in theaters
– (Jan 25) Rambo, starring Sylvester Stallone released in theaters
– (Jan 22) The Oscar nominated actor Heath Ledger, 28, is found dead at his home in Manhattan, New York City, from an accidental prescription pills overdose
– (Jan 23) Leona Lewis released her album, Spirit

Feb:

– (Feb 22) Charlie Bartlett, starring Anton Yelchin and Kat Dennings released in theaters
– (Feb 29) Semi Pro, starring Will Farrell released in theaters
– (Feb 23) The 28th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony is held in Santa Monica, California. The Worst Picture award is given to I Know Who Killed Me. The Worst Actor and Worst Actress awards are given to Eddie Murphy and Lindsay Lohan, respectively
– (Feb 8) Michael Jackson releases Michael Jackson 25, 25th anniversary of the Thriller album

Mar:
– (Mar 14) Harton Hears a Who, starring Jim Carey and Steve Carell hits theaters.
– (Mar 28) 21, starring Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth released in theaters

April:
– (April 18) Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Kristen Bell released in theaters
– (April 25) Baby Mama, starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hits theaters

May:
– (May 2) Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. released in theaters
– (May 16) Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian hits theaters
– (May 26) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earns $126 million in the United States and Canada, becoming the highest grossing debut of 2008 an the second highest for a Memorial Day weekend debut behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

June:
– (June 20) The Love Guru, starring Mike Meyers released in theaters
– (June 37) Wall-E, starring some sweet robot voices hits theaters
– (June 1) A massive fire destroys portions of facilities at Universal Studios in Universal City near Los Angeles, California.

July:
– (July 1) Hancock, starring Will Smith hits theaters
– (July 18) The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger and Christian Bale hits theaters

Aug:
– (Aug 6) Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, starring those 4 girls and some Greek hotties hits theaters
– (Aug 6) The Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogan hits theaters
– (Aug 2) Eclipse, written by Stephenie Meyer and part of the Twilight series is released
– (Aug 4) The Dark Knight reached $400 million in record time at 18 days. The previous record was held by Shrek 2, who reached it in 43 days.

Sept:
– (Sept 12) Burn After Reading, starring George Clooney released in theaters
– (Sept 5) Bangkok Dangerous, starring Nicolas Cage hits theaters

Oct:
– (Oct 3) Beverly Hills Chihuahua, starring Drew Barrymore, hits theaters
– (Oct 3) Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Kat Dennings and Michael Cera, hits theaters

Nov:
– (Nov 7) Role Models, starring Sean Williams Scott and Paul Rudd, released in theaters
– (Nov 14) Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig, hits theaters
– (Nov 21) TWILIGHT, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, is released in theaters

Dec:
– (Dec 12) The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Michael Rennie, released in theaters
– (Dec 19) Seven Pounds, starring Will Smith hits theaters
– (Dec 25) Bedtime Stories, will star Adam Sandler and hits theaters on Christmas Day!
– (Dec 2) Britney Spears releases new album, Circus

Did I miss anything?!

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One Response to My life, the News and Pop Culture of 2008

  1. cdean says:

    My birthday. May 28. Definitely add that in.

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