10 Things That Happened 10 Years Ago
Let’s go on a little trip down memory lane.
Take your brain to 2008, folks. Anything stand out? I’ll tell you what stands out to me.
Barack Obama is elected President of the United States.
“Last year, across every race, across every age group in America, incomes rose and poverty fell. The typical household income grew by about $2,800—which is the single-biggest one-year increase on record. We lifted 3.5 million people out of poverty, the largest one-year drop since 1968.” —President Obama
That makes him the first African-American to take the White House. That’s a pretty historic moment wouldn’t you say?
The Olympics took place in Beijing, China.
Usain Bolt made history.
First of all, how freaking awesome that the Jamaican Sprinters’ last name is Bolt. During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Bolt set the world record for the 100-meter final. He did it in 9.69 seconds. I think we can all remember his “happy dance” as he crossed the finished line.
Some criticized him for celebrating early, rather than shaking his opponents’ hands. Others sounded butt-hurt since his diet mainly consisted of greasy chicken nuggets.
You thought one world record was enough? Bolt also created new world records in the 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay. Bolt took home three gold medals from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Did I mention that he’s 6”5”?
Sadly, in 2017, one of those gold medals was taken from him and his team. His teammate in the 4×100, Nesta Carter, was found guilty of a doping violation during the 2008 Olympic Games.
Michael Phelps makes history, too.
Sorry Usain, but Michael Phelps stole the show at the Summer Olympic Games in 2008. Phelps came home with eight gold medals. EIGHT. Bringing home his eight medals topped Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games.
One moment I remember so well, is the race that Michael Phelps one by a fraction of a second. And when I say fraction of a second, I mean one hundredth of a second.
It’s actually the only race in the 2008 Olympic games where he didn’t beat a world record. But, he still won the gold.
Phelps didn’t think he won the race until he took his face out of the water and saw the number “1” next to his name on the scoreboard!
As of the 2016 summer olympics, Phelps is now the most decorated olympian of all time.
Beyoncé released Single Ladies.
Yes, we’re still singing that girly anthem. Shout out! Preach!
Sex and the City hit the silver screen.
The women we know and love from the TV series, Sex and the City, stole our hearts in the movie theaters as well.
It was their first film, but not they’re last. I mean what girl doesn’t like watching the Rom Com on a day when they especially need it!
Heath Ledger passed away.
Yep, it’s been ten years since our favorite teen heart throb from “10 things I hate about you” and our favorite Joker from “Batman” passed away. Unfortunately, in the beginning of 2008, Ledger lost his life to a dangerous and toxic mix of prescription drugs.
Britney Spears made, yet again, another comeback.
Is there anyone capable of more comebacks than THE BRITNEY, herself. So, if you’re going through an UGG-wearing, shaving your head phase — don’t worry. You can turn it around for the better.
In 2008, Britney had her fair share of ups and downs. She lost custody of her kids, was being treated for her mental state, then got a settlement in a custody battle with Kevin Federline and received visitation rights for her kids again.
But, to top it all off, she took home three awards from the MTV Video Music Awards. She won awards for best female video, best pop video, and video of the year for her song “Piece of Me”. I think it was Britney’s way of giving the middle finger to when times get tough, asking the world “You want a piece of me?”
Britney even debuted the single, “Womanizer” in 2008 as a first glimpse to her upcoming album, Circus. The entire Circus album would not be released until 2009. But, “Womanizer” was number one on the billboard charts in September of that year. That would be her first No. 1 on the Billboard since “…Baby One More Time” in 1999.
The No. 1 song in 2008 was Low, by Flo Rida.
It was all about “them Apple Bottom Jeans” and “boots with the fur”. And yes, remember the Step Up movies? Low was featured in Step Up 2: The Streets.
We had the worst financial crisis since 1929, AKA the Great Depression.
Yeah, hate to bring that up, but it’s the truth.
Apple released the iPhone App Store.
Like, WHAT? We’ve had the app store for 10 years, now? I feel like our world right now couldn’t function without all of the funky and unique apps we have now. Apps for dating, apps for learning languages, apps to keep children occupied, apps for businesses. I feel like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls…
Cheers to how 2008 made us who we are today!