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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2009.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2009: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2009?


Events

  • 01 Aug 2009 A shooting attack at the Gay and Lesbian Association building in Tel-Aviv, Israel, results in the deaths of two people.
  • 02 Aug 2009 One person is killed and 75 injured after an outdoor stage collapses at the Big Valley Jamboree country music festival in Alberta, Canada. (CBC) (CNN)
  • 03 Aug 2009 Bolivia becomes the first country in the history of South America to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves. (MercoPress)
  • 04 Aug 2009 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardons two American journalists, who had been arrested and imprisoned for illegal entry earlier in the year, after former U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with Kim in North Korea.
  • 05 Aug 2009 The 40th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting opens in Cairns, Australia. (RNZI)
  • 06 Aug 2009 Rosa Gumataotao Rios takes the oath of office as 43rd US Treasurer.
  • 07 Aug 2009 The leaders of three South African opposition parties urge President Jacob Zuma to withdraw his statement on the nomination of Sandile Ngcobo to replace outgoing Chief Justice Pius Langa, calling it ampquotunconstitutionalampquot. (IOL)
  • 08 Aug 2009 Typhoon Morakot makes landfall in Taiwan, and almost the entire southern region of Taiwan is flooded by record-breaking rainfall.
  • 09 Aug 2009 South African opposition parties call on President Jacob Zuma to withdraw Sandile Ngcobo as Chief Justice because he failed to consult the opposition and Judicial Service Committee. (''The Times'')
  • 10 Aug 2009 Twenty people are killed in Handlova, Trencin Region, in the deadliest mining disaster in Slovakia's history.
  • 11 Aug 2009 Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, dies at age 88 in Massachusetts, USA.
  • 12 Aug 2009 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)
  • 13 Aug 2009 Les Paul, country and jazz musician, electric guitar pioneer, dies at the age of 94 from complications of pneumonia in New York, USA. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • 14 Aug 2009 Pakistan begins its first international freight train service from Islamabad to Istanbul. (BBC)
  • 15 Aug 2009 Hamas police claim to have killed Abdel-Latif Moussa, head of the Islamic group Jund Ansar Allah in a shootout. (The New York Times) (Petra)
  • 16 Aug 2009 A 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurs near Siberut Island, Sumatra, Indonesia, at 14:38 local time, injuring at least seven people. (France24.com)
  • 17 Aug 2009 Reader's Digest Association of New York announces it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its U.S. businesses as part of a plan to cut debt by 75 percent.
  • 18 Aug 2009 Veteran US newspaper columnist Robert Novak dies at age 78 after a battle with brain cancer.
  • 19 Aug 2009 A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others.
  • 20 Aug 2009 The US Mint releases the 2009 James Polk Presidential dollar to circulation.
  • 21 Aug 2009 Argentina's association football championship kicks off after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner puts it on the state payroll to avoid a financial crisis. (MercoPress)
  • 22 Aug 2009 Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, criticises Ireland's Civil Partnership Bill, which gives statutory partnership rights to same-sex couples. (RTÉ) (Sunday Independent)
  • 23 Aug 2009 Tens of thousands of people in the Baltic states mark the twentieth anniversary of the 'Baltic Way' - when two million people formed a human chain to protest against Soviet Union rule. (Aljazeera), (Guardian), (Baltic Times).
  • 24 Aug 2009 The month-long "cash for clunkers" program in the US ends, with $2.9 billion spent by the US government in rebates on 690,000 low-efficiency vehicles. The top trade-in was the four-wheel-drive Ford Explorer; top new purchase was Toyota Corolla.
  • 25 Aug 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Ben Bernanke for his second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. (Bloomberg)
  • 26 Aug 2009 U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving Kennedy brother, dies at age 77, after battling brain cancer. (New York Times)
  • 27 Aug 2009 English youth Michael Perham, aged 17 years, 5 months, becomes the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world by sailboat, breaking the previous record by two months. (Reuters)
  • 28 Aug 2009 A suicide bomber lightly wounds Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, deputy interior minister of Saudi Arabia, in his Jeddah office. (Associated Press) (NY Times) (The Washington Post)
  • 29 Aug 2009 Chandrayaan-1 loses contact with ground control. (Indian Express)
  • 30 Aug 2009 Japanese voters go to the polls. (Reuters) (Xinhua) (Kyodo)
  • 31 Aug 2009 Florida governor Charlie Crist signs a gambling pact with the Seminole tribe, lasting 20 years, specifying payment of minimum US$12.5 million per month for the first 30 months for the privilege of running legal slot machines and blackjack at their seven casinos.

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Music charts

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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - I Gotta Feelingyoutube
  2. - Best I Ever Had
  3. - You Belong With Me
  4. - Party In The U.S.A.
  5. - Knock You Down

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Country: United States of America

Fight Club

Fight Club

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Country: United States of America

American Beauty

American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Country: United States of America

Amadeus

Amadeus

Directed by: Milos Forman

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Country: United States of America

Downfall

Downfall

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Country: United States of America

Books

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Tears In The Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman

Tears In The Darkness

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For the first four months of 1942, American, Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought America's first major land battle of World War II: the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan.

The Angel'S Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Angel'S Game

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From the author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, comes a riveting new masterpiece about love, literature, and betrayal. In

In Fed We Trust by David Wessel

In Fed We Trust

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“Whatever it takes”That was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s vow as the worst financial panic in more than fifty years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable:

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

That Old Cape Magic

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For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod. The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college …

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

The Accidental Billionaires

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER“The Social Network, the much anticipated movie…adapted from Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires.” —The New York TimesBest friends Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg had spent many lonely nights looking