LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Robert Downey Jr attends the Iron Man 3 photocall at The Dorchester on April 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics are on the brink of their first NBA Championship since 2008. Their defeat of the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers have secured them a spot in the NBA Finals. Who they will face in the NBA Finals has yet to be determined. It will either be the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas currently has a 3 game to 1 lead in the Western Conference Finals so the chances of the Boston Celtics competing in the NBA Finals against Dallas are pretty good. Either way, we thought it would be fun to look at what our world looked like back in 2008, the last time the Celtics won the NBA Championship.

Last time Celtics won the championship was 2008

Let’s take a look at the state of the world back in 2008. Stock markets plunged in January amidst news of a potential US recession. A devastating earthquake struck China. It measured 7.9 on the scale in Sichuan China killing an estimated 87,000 people. And we lost a lot of celebrities that year too. Bernie Mac, Heath Ledger, Isaac Hayes, George Carlin and Paul Newman all passed away in 2008.

Now when it comes to the most pop culture and memorable events from that year, we’ve come up with 6. There is no ranking, just listing what we feel are the most impactful events from that year. Let’s take a look at the major events that took place the last time the Celtics won a championship.

  • The invention of Bitcoin

    Bitcoin was invented in 2008. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency invented by a group of programmers – using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.  It was actually launched in 2009, but invented in 2008.

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  • President Obama becomes the first African American President of the United States

    Barack Obama defeated Republican Party nominee John McCain in the election of 2008. Obama became the first black president of the United States and was inaugurated in 2009. Barack Obama was the 44th president. 

  • Beyonce and Jay Z get married

    Beyonce and Jay Z got married in a secret ceremony on April 4, 2008.  The two had been dating since 2002 after collaborating on their hit song  “03 Bonnie and Clyde.” They now have three kids together. 

  • Iron Man is released, marking the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Iron Man was released May 2 and marks the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark as a billionaire philanthropist who builds a mechanized suit of armor and becomes the superhero Iron Man.

  • Breaking Bad debuts

    Breaking Bad debuted on AMC in January of 2008. It was an American crime drama series. It aired for five seasons and concluded in September of 2013. Breaking Bad starred Bryan Cranston as Walter White as a high school chemistry who is diagnosed with cancer and turns to making meth to support his family.

  • Hollywood writer's strike ends

    From November 5, 2007 to February 12, 2008, all 12,000 film and television screenwriters of the American labor unions went on strike. They wanted increased rates for DVD sales among other things. It lasted for 100 days and eventually ended in February of 2008. 

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