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Summary.     Click for More > Phelps wins 3rd gold in 200 free Phelps becomes greatest Olympian Liukin wins all-around gold in gymnastics Bolt surges to gold in new record   Phelps wins historic eighth gold  23-year-old Michael Phelps won his 8th Olympic gold medal of the Beijing Games to beat Spitz's 1972 record of 7, with victory in the 4x100m ... Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng dies Bolt grabs third gold and record  Usain Bolt made a 3rd world record after Jamaica claimed men's 4x100m relay gold by a huge margin to set a new benchmark of 37 Argentina - second straight soccer gold Bekele storms to Olympic double Spectacular finale climaxes Games U.S. beat Spain to win basketball gold Asia-Europe Meeting convenes China to provide $19B to Taiwan firms China dairies to compensate victims
China to expand lethal injections Spielberg boycotts Olympic role Olympic torch extinguished   The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times Route changes mark Olympic torch relay Web curbs for Olympic journalists  Journalists covering the Olympic Games will not have completely uncensored access to the internet President pleas for politics-free Games Olympic relay in climax 100,000 police on guard for Olympics China kicks off Olympics Ceremony
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China to expand lethal injections  Jiang Xingchang, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court: China is to expand the use of lethal injections to replace execution by shoot... Spielberg boycotts Olympic role  US film director has withdrawn as an artistic adviser to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing over China's role in Darfur Inflation tops China 2008 agenda Foiled terror plots targeted Olympics China premier attacks Dalai Lama China ready to talk to Dalai Lama Olympic torch re-lit in Tiananmen Square Sarkozy terms for Olympic attendance Olympic torch extinguished


January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.2  
Jan.11  China's trade surplus soars
Jan.12  India PM visits China for summit
Jan.17  PM arrives for first China visit


February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.12  
Feb.16  Beijing athletes allowed to blog
Feb.21  China defends arms sales to Sudan
Feb.29  Beijing opens jumbo air terminal


March 2008 ... more > Top ^
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Mar.10  Tibet exiles protest Beijing Olympics
Mar.12  China rejects U.S. attack on human rights
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April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.5  Sarkozy aide 'misquoted' on Games
Apr.7  
  The relay was disrupted by protesters demonstrating against the Chinese government, causing authorities to extinguish the flame 3 times
 Officials extinguished and put the torch on a bus for safety reasons, in the face of protests
 IOC president concerned about Tibet China vows to keep torch on track Apr.9   Route changes mark Olympic torch relay   Heavy security surrounded runners, as the threat of violent protests prompted officials to make dramatic last-minute changes Olympics to 'rebound from crisis' Apr.10 UN chief to miss Olympics opening Apr.14  Building ban for Olympics Apr.16  Torch arrives amid cheers and protests Apr.19 Anti-French rallies across China Apr.20  China urges 'rational' protests Apr.22  China softly reining in protests Apr.24  Olympics sponsors targeted over Darfur

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.14 Child-killing virus hits Beijing
May.23  China, Russia attack US shield plan May.27  Olympic ceremony ticket tight security May.28  China invites Taiwan to key talks May.29 China seeks earthquake aid from Japan

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.11  Taiwan, China open formal talks Jun.12  China, Taiwan sign charter flights deal

July 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jul.3 Bush to attend opening of Beijing Olympics
Jul.7  Coca-Cola defends Olympics deal Jul.8 French head will attend Olympics Jul.18  China to halt flights for Olympic launch Jul.20  Concerns over Olympic drug test Jul.23  China to set up Olympic protest zones Jul.24  China: World's biggest Web population Jul.28  Lingering pollution worries China Jul.30   Web curbs for Olympic journalists
  Journalists covering the Olympic Games will not have completely uncensored access to the internet
Jul.31  Emergency Olympics smog plan announced

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1     President pleas for politics-free Games  President Hu Jintao said that the caliber of athletic competition, not political disputes, will determine a success IOC meets amid concerns Aug.2 IOC denies deal on internet curbs Aug.4 Olympics will be safe, says China Aug.5   Olympic relay in climax  The Olympic flame is being carried through the streets, on the final leg of its global relay Aug.6   100,000 police on guard for Olympics  Ten thousand athletes along with hundreds of thousands of fans and 30,000 journalists are being watched over by 100,000 security forces Aug.7 World leaders gather for Olympics  China revokes visa of Darfur activist  Bush speaks of free expression Aug.8   China kicks off Olympics Ceremony
  China opened the 29th Olympic Games with stunning fireworks as the Asian nation kicked off the biggest and most scrutinized Games in history
 Bush dedicates new American embassy Aug.9  First gold medal of 2008 Summer Olympics Aug.11 Fingertip finish keeps Phelps' hopes alive  Dominant China win third weightlifting gold  Nadal struggles before opening victory     Phelps wins 3rd gold in 200 free  In winning the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps ran his career Olympic total to 9 golds and avenged his only individual loss in Athens 4 years ag... China cruises to gymnastics gold Aug.12     Phelps becomes greatest Olympian
  US swimmer Michael Phelps is winning his 10th gold medal with victory in the 200m butterfly. He claimed his fourth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics  Federer, Nadal, Djokovic cruise through Aug.13  Phelps sets new Olympic gold standard  China eclipse U.S. in women's gymnastics  Japan's Kitajima makes it a double gold  Yang Wei wins men's gymnastics gold Aug.14  Federer and Serena Williams crash out   Liukin wins all-around gold in gymnastics  Nastia Liukin edged teammate Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold in women's gymnastics in an intense matchup  Mongolians celebrate nation's first gold Aug.15  Phelps makes it six from six  Gonzalez stuns Blake to reach final Photo finish lifts Phelps to record 7th gold Aug.16   Bolt surges to gold in new record
  Usain Bolt glided to 9.69, a new world record, as he produced a stunning run in the Olympic 100m final. He was well clear at 60m     Phelps wins historic eighth gold
  23-year-old Michael Phelps won his 8th Olympic gold medal of the Beijing Games to beat Spitz's 1972 record of 7, with victory in the 4x100m medley.    He teamed up with Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Jason Lezak to claim the historic gold in a new world record time. Phelps swam 17 times over 9 days and set wo...
Aug.17 Nadal, Dementieva claim tennis golds  Fraser heads Jamaican in women's 100m  Liu Xiang out of Olympics Aug.18  Golden Brits smash cycling pursuit record Aug.19  Russian Silnov wins high jump gold  British cyclist Hoy wins historic third gold  Argentina rout 9-man Brazil to reach final  Ramzi wins 1500m for Bahrain's first gold Aug.20   Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng dies  Hua Guofeng briefly ruled China as Mao Zedong's successor but was pushed aside by Deng Xiaoping as a prelude to reforms Bolt claims 200m gold with record  Afghanistan win first ever Olympic medal  Silver medalist Blonska fails drug test Aug.21  Relay disasters hit U.S. Olympic track team  Lloyd goal gives U.S. women football gold Olympic probe over gymnasts' ages Aug.22   Bolt grabs third gold and record
  Usain Bolt made a 3rd world record after Jamaica claimed men's 4x100m relay gold by a huge margin to set a new benchmark of 37.10
  Argentina - second straight soccer gold
  Angel di Maria has fired Argentina to its second Olympic title in a row in a 1-0 victory over Nigeria Aug.23   Bekele storms to Olympic double  Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele crushed the opposition as he cruised to 5,000m gold, adding to the 10,000m title he won eight days ago  U.S. women trounce Australia  S. Korea stuns Cuba for baseball gold  China's Ma wins table tennis men's gold  Taekwondo star kicks referee in face Kenyan wins Olympic men's marathon  U.S. men's volleyball wins gold Aug.24   Spectacular finale climaxes Games   Grand fireworks and spectacular choreography brought to a close the Games as one of the most remarkable Olympics in recent history     U.S. beat Spain to win basketball gold  The United States struck gold in Olympic men's basketball with a 118-107 victory. Wade scored 27 points and Bryant added 20 China deports US Tibet protesters

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.6  Fireworks greet opening of Paralympics Sep.13  'Blade Runner' claims 2nd Paralympic gold Sep.23  Venezuelan president arrives in China

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.24   Asia-Europe Meeting convenes  Government heads of 45 countries from Asia and Europe meet as the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting convenes with financial crisis topping the agenda

December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.17  China sending ships to fight pirates Dec.20 China to deploy ships off Somalia
Dec.21   China to provide $19B to Taiwan firms  China will provide 130 billion yuan in financing over the next 2 to 3 years to Taiwan-based companies doing business in the mainland Dec.27   China dairies to compensate victims  Victims of tainted baby formula are expected to be compensated by 22 Chinese dairy producers that made the milk