Wednesday 12 August 2009
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic).
In that special week of August people in US were listening to I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas.
District 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009
while New Moon by Stephenie Meyer was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching The WiseGuys.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Altitude or Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
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- Les Paul: American musician, a jazz guitarist and electric guitar's designer.
- At a meeting in Caracas, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sign agreements expanding trade between their two countries. (MercoPress)
- It is discovered that the Killer Whale creates and visits 'social clubs'. (BBC)
- Yemeni troops, backed by tanks and fighter aircraft, launch a major offensive on the stronghold of Shia fighters in northern Yemen. (Al Jazeera)
- Thirty people are killed in Warrap state in southern Sudan, in a resurgence of the nomadic conflicts. (IOL)
- Russia's navy is deployed to find the , a missing ship reportedly hijacked three weeks ago in the Baltic Sea. (BBC News)
- About 700 people missing in southern Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot are located alive. (RTÉ)
- Indonesian police say DNA tests show that a militant killed in a weekend raid was not Noordin Mohammed Top, one of the region's most wanted men. (BBC)
- The wreckage of an Airlines PNG De Havilland Twin Otter 300 plane carrying 11 passengers and 2 crew is found near Isurava, Papua New Guinea there are no signs of survivors. (RNZI)
- Gunmen shoot dead five Pakistani Muslim preachers outside a mosque in Galkayo, Somalia. (BBC)
- Gregoire Ndahimana, a Rwandan fugitive accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, is arrested by a joint Rwandan-Congolese military operation. (BBC)
- An estimated 20,000 people march through Noumea, New Caledonia, to denounce violent clashes by USTKE trade unionists against police. (RNZI)
- New Zealand Navy divers believe they have located the sunken a week after the accident. (RNZI)
- Tonga's Transportation Minister Paul Karalus resigns after the sinking of the , which killed an estimated 93 people. (''New Zealand Herald'')
- German CDU politician Vera Lengsfeld attracts controversy for displaying a photo of Angela Merkel in a revealing gown without the authorisation of the Chancellor. (BBC)
- Lubna al-Hussein, the Sudanese woman facing forty lashes for wearing trousers in public, is prevented from leaving the country for a trip to Lebanon, where she was to take part in a televised talk-show about women's issues. (BBC)
- Diego León Montoya Sánchez, Norte Valle Cartel leader, pleads guilty to drug, murder and racketeering charges. (www.BackgroundNow.com)
- The Roman Catholic Church is expresses ampquotuneaseampquot and ampquotmortificationampquot over revelations surrounding the private life of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. (BBC)
- Astronomers discover WASP-17b, the first planet that orbits in the opposite direction to the spin of its star. (BBC)
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