2008 World Facts for
Your Baby's Scrapbook

Are you looking for 2008 world facts to help you fill out your baby's memory book? You have come to that page in the baby book where you are suppose to fill out all these statistics about the year your baby was born.

If your like most moms, you are too busy to remember what was the best selling book of the year and you have no clue on how much you use to spend for a loaf of bread.

That's ok. This page is filled with the facts to help you complete that baby book page.

Once you have the facts, take a look at the baby scrapbook ideas article for creating a layout on what baby's world was like when he was born.

Here is a list of some important facts you may want to include in your baby's memory book.

Top News Stories of 2008

Global Financial Crisis - called the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression. It started in the U.S. and quickly spread to the rest of the world. The housing market crumbled. Banks closed their doors. The number of U.S. job losses for the year was 2.6 million.

Barack Obama Elected 44th U.S. President - on November 4, the first-term Senator from Illinois became the first African-American to become President of the United States.

Beijing Olympics - China hosted the Olympics for the first time. They impressed fans with a stunning opening ceremony. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt had record shattering performances.

Chinese Earthquake - a 7.9 magnitude earthquake killed up to 90,000 people in China on May 12, 2008.

Sarah Palin - John McCain surprised everyone when he chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

Oil prices soared to $150 a barrel causing the price of a gallon of gas to peak at $4.11. It then plummeted to $33 a barrel.

World Leaders during 2008

  • President George W. Bush - USA
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown - United Kingdom
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper - Canada
  • President Hu Jintao - China
  • President Pratibha Patil - India
  • Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd - Australia
  • Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy - France
  • President Vladimir Putin - Russia
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Iran
  • President Horst Kohler - Germany

Top Grossing Movies of 2008:

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. Horton Hears a Who!

Best Selling Books and number of copies sold:
Source: Bookscan.

1. Breaking Dawn by Meyer, Stephenie 3,310,000

2. Twilight by Meyer, Stephenie 3,175,000

3. A New Earth by Tolle, Eckhart 3,146,000

4. The Last Lecture by Pausch, Randy 2,705,000

5. New Moon by Meyer, Stephenie 2,667,000

6. Eclipse by Meyer, Stephenie 2,563,000

7. The Shack by Young, William 2,551,000

8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by Rowling, JK 1,822,000

9. Brisingr by Paolini, Christopher 1,312,000

10. Eat, Pray, Love by Gilbert, Elizabeth 1,274,000

Top Paid Actors of 2008
Source: Forbes.com

1. Wil Smith

2. Johnny Depp

3. Eddie Murphy

4. Michael Meyers

5. Leonardo DiCaprio

Top Paid Actresses of 2008
Source: financialexpress.com

1. Angelina Jolie

2. Julia Roberts

3. Reese Witherspoon

4. Cameron Diaz

5. Katherine Heigl

Oscar Winners for 2008

Best Picture - No Country for Old Men

Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis

Best Actress - Marion Cotillard

Most Watched Television Shows of 2008
Source: tv.com

1. American Idol Tuesday - Fox

2. American Idol Wednesday - Fox

3. Dancing With the Stars - ABC

4. Dancing With the Stars Results - ABC

5. Mentalist - CBS (tied for fifth place)

5. NBC Sunday Night Football - NBC (tied for fifth place)

7. CSI - CBS


9. 60 Minutes - CBS (tied for ninth place)

9. Survivor: Gabon - CBS (tied for ninth place)

Top Ten Best Selling Albums of 2008:
Source: The Neilson Company

1. As I Am by Alicia Keys

2. Noel by Josh Groban

3. Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne

4. Long Road Out of Eden by Eagles

5. Taylor Swift by Taylor Swift

6. Rock N Roll Jesus by Kid Rock

7. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay

8. NOW 26 by Various Artists

9. Carnival Ride by Carrie Underwood

10. The Ultimate Hits by Garth Brooks

Top Ten Most Downloaded Songs of 2008:
Source: Yahoo Music blog the Y! Radish

1. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

2. Viva La Vida - Coldplay

3. Low - Flo Rida

4. I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry

5. Disturbia - Rihanna

6. Lollipop - Lil Wayne

7. No Air - Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown

8. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield

9. Love Song- Sara Bareilles

10. Don's Stop the Music - Rihanna

Top Ten Highest Paid Athletes of 2008:
Source: Sportscolumn.com

1. Tiger Woods - Pro Golf

2. Phil Mickelson - Pro Golf

3. Lebron James - Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

4. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Boxing

5. Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

6. Shaquille O'Neal - Phoenix Suns, NBA

7. Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees, MLB

8. Kevin Garnett - Bostos Celtics, NBA

9. Peyton Manning - Indianapolis Colts, NFL

10. Derek Jeter - New York Yankees, MLB

Sports Champions for 2008

Superbowl Winner - New York Giants

World Series Champions - Philadelphia Phillies

Stanley Cup - Detroit Red Wings

NBA Champions - Boston Celtics

Common Costs and Statistics of 2008:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics unless noted

  • Loaf of White Bread - $1.37

  • One Dozen Grad A Large Eggs - $1.99

  • One Gallon Whole Milk - $3.80

  • One Pound of Bananas - $.61

  • One Gallon Unleaded Gasoline - $3.27

  • One Pound of Ground Beef - $3.27

  • Cost of one First-Class Stamp - $.42

  • Cost of Movie Ticket - $6.88

  • Average Price New Car - $28,715 (source: carbuyersnotebook.com)

  • Average Price of a New Home - $291,800 (source: US Census Bureau)

  • College Education: Private - $25,143 per year, Public: $6,585 per year. (source: collegeboard.com)

  • Estimated U.S. Population - 304,059,724 (source: US Census Bureau)

  • Estimated World Population - 6,706,993,152 (source: CIA World Fact Book)

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