Here is the financial crisis of 2007-2008 timeline mapped on the S&P500 chart. Only major events and announcements leading upto endof Sept ’08 are included. After Sept. ’08, Federal Reserve, US Treasury, IMF and major central banks took a number of steps to quell the storm and stabilize the market. Majority of these steps were taken in late ’08 and in ’09. Some are still being carried out.