2008 (MMVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2008th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2000s decade.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Paul Scofield
Charlton Heston
Eddy Arnold
Irena Sendler
Sydney Pollack
Chinghiz Aitmatov
Cyd Charisse
George Carlin
Jesse Helms
Evelyn Keyes
Bernie Mac
Isaac Hayes
Paul Newman
Jörg Haider
Sœur Emmanuelle
Michael Crichton
Horst Tappert
León Febres Cordero
Eartha Kitt