At 43 years and 253 days, S.S. Lazio keeper Marco Ballotta became the oldest player in UEFA Champions League history when he played against Real Madrid CF on matchday six.
• Spain claim their first silverware in 44 years, defeating Germany in the UEFA EURO 2008 final.
• The Large Hadron Collider, the highest-energy particle collider ever constructed, is powered up in Geneva.
• Swimmer Michael Phelps eclipses Mark Spitz's 36-year record by winning eight golds at one Olympics.
• Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.