Friday 18 December 2009
It was Friday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of December people in US were listening to Empire State Of Mind by Jay-Z.
Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009
while Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin was one of the best selling books.
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- Roman festivals - Feast of Epona (during Saturnalia)
- R.C. Saints - Gatianus of Tours
- Also see December 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- Niger - Republic Day (autonomous in 1958)
- Greek Orthodox Church ? Feast of Sebastian the Martyr
Famous Birthdays:See famous people born on 18 December
- The UN climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, ends with a only compromise climate deal, and a vow to work out the details later. Leaders of the following countries sign on to the deal: Canada, USA, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. The agreement offers money to developing nations to help them fight global warming. The agreement is not binding and does not set new greenhouse-gas reduction targets.
- The Catalan Parliament votes to ban bull fighting in the Spanish region. (''The Times'')
- Russian television news channels air repeated coverage of a UFO, shaped like a pyramid and similar to an Imperial Cruiser from ''Star Wars''. (Sky News)
- The Vatican dismisses Zambia's controversial Roman Catholic Church archbishop Emmanuel Milingo. (BBC)
- A Paris court rules that Google is infringing copyright, sentencing it to pay 300,000nbspeuros in damages and interest to French publisher Editions de la Martinière, and 10,000nbspeuros a day until it removes extracts of the books from its database. (''PC World'')
- Irish priest Father Seán Sheehy withdraws from work in his parish of Castlegregory over a controversy which followed his shaking the hand of a convicted sex offender in court days earlier. Bishop of Kerry William Murphy disassociates himself from Sheehy and his actions. (''Irish Examiner'')
- General Motors announces that it will begin shutting down operations at the Swedish carmaker Saab automobile. (Wall Street Journal)
- After 27 years, Terry Wogan presents his last edition of ''Wake Up to Wogan'' on BBC Radio 2, receiving farewell messages from Gordon Brown and David Cameron. (BBC highlights)
- Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen who was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, recants his confession, claiming that police tortured him into admitting his role in the attacks. (Press Trust Of India)
- Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service, temporarily goes offline after a group calling itself the ampquotIranian Cyber Armyampquot manages to change its DNS records. (CNN)
- The Iraqi government demands the withdrawal of Iranian soldiers that it claims seized an oil well in Fakkah, in the Maysan Governorate in southern Iraq. (NYT)
- The Islamic New Year (Muharram 1st) begins on the previous sunset.
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