2008 (1 Water Year / 4 Tree 9-Year Cycle / 9 Fire 81-Year Cycle)

February 5 – U.S. stock market indices plunge more than 3% after a report shows signs of economic recession in the service sector.
[dissipation, collapse]
[an interesting hint of the year to come]

February 17 – Kosovo formally declares independence from Serbia.
[dissipation, collapse]

February 20 – The United States Navy destroys a spy satellite containing toxic fuel, by shooting it down with a missile launched from the USS Lake Erie in the Pacific Ocean.
[caution around water & all liquids]

March 25 – A 414 square kilometer (160 sq. mile) chunk of Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf disintegrates, leaving the entire shelf at risk.
[dissipation, collapse]
[water signs]

May 12 – Over 69,000 are killed in central south-west China by the 7.9 magnitude Wenchuan quake.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

July 21 – One Water Radovan Karadžic, the first president of the Republika Srpska, is arrested in Belgrade, Serbia, on allegations of war crimes.
[notable observation - 1 Water Karadžic is arrested in a 1 Water year, placing him in the 5 Soil position of karma.]

August 21 – A total eclipse of the Sun is visible from Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China.
[notable observation - On August 21, 2017 (1 Water year) we have another total eclipse of the sun.]

August 8–24 – The 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing, China.
[1 Water association with athletics.]

August 26 – September 1 – Hurricane Gustav kills 7 in the United States, after making landfall on western Cuba as Category 4, and killing 66 in Haiti, 8 in the Dominican Republic, and 11 in Jamaica.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

August 28 – September 7 – Hurricane Hanna kills 7 in the United States, and 529 in Haiti, mostly due to deluges and mudslides.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

September 1–14 – Hurricane Ike kills 27 in the United States, after killing four in Cuba, 1 in the Dominican Republic, and 75 in Haiti.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

September 10– The proton beam is circulated for the first time in the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, located at CERN.
[notable observation - scientific study of nature's secrets.]

September 25 – Shenzhou 7, the third manned Chinese spaceflight and the first with 3 crew members, is successfully launched. China becomes the third country ever to conduct a spacewalk.
[notable observation- firsts in space.]

September 28 – SpaceX Falcon 1 becomes the world's first privately developed space launch vehicle to successfully make orbit.
[notable observation- firsts in space.]

September 29 – The Dow loses 777 points, the biggest one-day point decline ever. The drop comes after the House of Representatives votes down a $700 billion bank bailout plan.
[dissipation, collapse]
[The 1 Water incident that defined a decade.]

October 22 – The Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launches the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on their first mission to the Moon.
[notable observation- firsts in space.]

November 4 – Three Tree Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.
[Water supports rising energy (Tree)]

November 8 – An accident aboard Russian submarine Nerpa kills 20.
[caution around water & all liquids]

November 26–29 – A series of terrorist attacks in the coastal city of Mumbai, India by Pakistan-based Islamic militants who lay siege over a hotel for 2 days, results in 195 casualties, and over 250 injured.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]
[caution around water & all liquids]

November 27 – The longest serving ocean liner in history, QE2, is retired from service.
[water signs]

December 11 – Bernard Madoff is arrested by U.S. federal authorities on charges of running a massive decades-long Ponzi scheme swindling thousands of investors - the largest financial fraud in history.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]
[dissipation, collapse]

January 7, 2009 – Russia shuts off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly endorses the move.
[secrecy, insecurity, stealth]
[dissipation, collapse]

January 26, 2009 – The Icelandic government and banking system collapse; Prime Minister Geir Haarde immediately resigns.
[dissipation, collapse]