It's already 2008 in some parts of the world - not too early to look ahead to the new year. (Some of what follows comes from this link.)
Presidential elections in the United States and Russia will be among the biggest stories around the world. Russians will go to the polls on March 2, while Americans will go to the polls over a period stretching from this week - with the Iowa caucuses - until the November 4 general election. Russia seems poised not to see a change in power with the likely ascension of Dmitri Medvedev to the Presidency - and the assumption of the Prime Ministership by the current President, Vladimir Putin. In the United States, we are certain to be electing the 44th President of the United States. George W. Bush is prohibited under the U.S. Constitution from running again.
The year-long celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln will begin on February 11 at his birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The bicentennial itself will be February 12, 2009 - it's likely to be the first major public event involving the next President of the United States.
In April, the Washington Nationals of the National League (Major League Baseball) will open their new stadium, Nationals Park. In September or October, the last games will be played at Shea Stadium (New York Mets) and Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees). The Mets and Yankees new stadiums will be opening in the spring of 2009.
The fourth Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will open in May.
The 2008 Summer Olympics will be held in Beijing, China in August. It will be worth watching whether talk of boycotts, particularly surrounding China's support of Sudan, will actually occur.
In December, the replacement bridge for the I-35W bridge that collapsed in August 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota is scheduled to open.
2008 will see fortieth anniversary commemorations for many events that happened in 1968 - the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, Prague Spring, and the Democratic National Convention held in Chicago that year, with its infamous "police riot."
Other anniversaries this coming year include the tenth anniversary of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton (December), the twentieth anniversary of the Bush-Dukakis campaign for President, and the thirtieth anniversary of the year of three Popes (Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II). It will be the 50th anniversary of the invention of the integrated circuit and the first trans-Atlantic commercial jet flights. It will be the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President (March 4) - and the beginning of the New Deal. The coming year will be the centenary of the first Ford Model T, the first airplane crash fatality, and the last World Series Championship of the Chicago Cubs. It will be the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. It will be the bicentennial of the premiere (December 22) of the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven.