How many years ago was 2008? The question remains a resounding “Yes.” In 2008, the world suffered the devastating effects of the Great Recession. The year was a leapyear and had 366 days. It is, however, a leap year so there are more days in 2008 than there are now. To find out exactly how long ago 2008 was, use our Years Ago From Now calculator. Once you have an idea of the date, you can start to enter the dates of events that you would like to occur in 2008.