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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $40,523
  • Gas cost $3.39
  • Average US house was $238,880
  • Average UK house was £------.
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  • Ethnic violence in Kenya worsens.
  • In Pakistan Benazir Bhutto killed while campaigning. Political unrest worsens.
  • In the US, housing loan crisis sparks massive bank failures and economic turmoil.
  • Cuba sees Fidel Castro stepping down after nearly 50 years of rule - hands control to his brother.
  • In Russia, Medvedev elected President but Putin is appointed Prime Minister and still holds the reins.
  • Zimbabwe has elections and Mugabe loses but then he ignores the results and a crack down occurs.
  • International Criminal Court formerly charges Sudanese President al-Bashir with genocide.
  • Georgia sends troops to put down rebel in Ossetia region but then Russia sends in troops. France brokers truce. US sends observers to Georgia.
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  • Large Hadron Collider in Europe starts working - broken after 9 days.
  • Writers strike for 3 months in Hollywood, really opening the door for reality tv.
  • Blu-ray kicking HD DVD butt.
  • China joins the space party with a spacewalk by a astronaut aboard the Shenzhou-VII.
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  • The Dark Knight kicked serious butt/
  • Bond had a Quantum of Solace.
  • Iron Man really, really rocked.
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