August 2009 calendar

August 2009

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2009?


  • 01 Aug 2009 Two people were killed in a shooting attack on the Tel-Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association building, Israel.
  • 02 Aug 2009 After an outdoor stage collapsed at the Big Valley Jamboree country festival in Alberta, Canada, one person was killed and 75 were injured.
  • 03 Aug 2009 Bolivia is the first country in South America's history to recognize the rights of its indigenous people to self-government.
  • 04 Aug 2009 Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader, pardons two American journalists who were imprisoned and arrested for illegal entry earlier this year. This was after Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, met with Kim.
  • 05 Aug 2009 Opening of the 40th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in Cairns (Australia)
  • 06 Aug 2009 Rosa Gumataotao Rios swears in as the 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.
  • 08 Aug 2009 Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan and nearly the entire southern region is inundated by record-breaking rains.
  • 09 Aug 2009 South African opposition parties demand that President Jacob Zuma withdraw Sandile Ngcobo's appointment as Chief Justice, because he did not consult the opposition or Judicial Service Committee.
  • 10 Aug 2009 In the worst mining accident in Slovakia's history, twenty people are killed in Handlova in Trencin Region.
  • 11 Aug 2009 Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F Kennedy, and founder of Special Olympics, has died at age 88 in Massachusetts.
  • 12 Aug 2009 Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan President, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the President of Argentina, sign agreements to expand trade between their countries at a Caracas meeting.
  • 13 Aug 2009 Les Paul, a country and jazz musician and electric guitar innovator, has died at the age of just 94 due to complications from pneumonia in New York, USA. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1978, and the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame 1988.
  • 14 Aug 2009 Pakistan launches its first international freight train service between Islamabad and Istanbul.
  • 15 Aug 2009 Hamas police claim that they have shot and killed Abdel-Latif Moussa, the head of Jund Ansar Allah Islamic Group, in a shootout.
  • 16 Aug 2009 At 14:38 local, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes near Siberut Island in Sumatra, Indonesia. It causes at least seven injuries.
  • 17 Aug 2009 Reader's Digest Association of New York announced it would file Chapter 11 bankruptcy for U.S.-based businesses in a plan to reduce debt by 75 percent.
  • 18 Aug 2009 Robert Novak, a veteran columnist for the US newspaper, has died at age 78 following a long battle with brain cancer.
  • 19 Aug 2009 Baghdad, Iraq: A string of bombings kills 101 people and injures 565 more.
  • 20 Aug 2009 The 2009 James Polk Presidential Dollar is now in circulation by the US Mint
  • 21 Aug 2009 Argentina's association football champion kicks off after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner places it on the state payroll in order to avoid a financial crisis.
  • 22 Aug 2009 Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop and Primate in All Ireland, has criticised Ireland's Civil Partnership Bill which grants statutory partnership rights for same-sex couples.
  • 23 Aug 2009 Tens of thousands of people from the Baltic countries mark the 20th anniversary of the "Baltic Way", when two million people joined a human chain to protest against Soviet Union control. (Aljazeera), (Guardian), (Baltic Times).
  • 24 Aug 2009 The US government has ended its month-long "cash-for-clunkers" program. It spent $2.9 billion on rebates for 690,000 low efficiency vehicles. Top trade-in was the Ford Explorer four-wheel drive; Toyota Corolla was top new purchase.
  • 25 Aug 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Ben Bernanke to his second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • 26 Aug 2009 U.S. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts, is the last Kennedy brother to die at age 77 after beating brain cancer.
  • 27 Aug 2009 Michael Perham, a 17-year-old English youth, is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo by sailboat. He broke the previous record by two month.
  • 28 Aug 2009 In his Jeddah office, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef was lightly wounded by a suicide bomber.
  • 29 Aug 2009 Chandrayaan-1 loses touch with ground control
  • 30 Aug 2009 Japanese voters vote.
  • 31 Aug 2009 Florida Governor Charlie Crist signs a Gambling Pact with the Seminole Tribe, which lasts 20 years. It stipulates payment of US$12.5 Million per month for the first thirty months to allow them to operate legal slots machines and blackjack in their seven casinos.
  • 10 Aug 2009 Twenty people are killed in Handlová, Trenčín Region, in the deadliest mining disaster in Slovakia's history.
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  2. - Best I Ever Had
  3. - You Belong With Me
  4. - Party In The U.S.A.
  5. - Knock You Down


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 2009?

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Shanghai Girls


In 1937 Shanghai--the Paris of Asia--twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. They are both beautiful, modern, and carefree until their father tells them otherwise.

Return To Sullivans Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

Return To Sullivans Island


"Her books were funny, sexy and often damp with seawater Pat Conroy author of The Prince of Tides In Return To Sullivans Island Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the enchanting landscape of South Carolina's Lowcountry

The Defector by Daniel Silva

The Defector


Moscow Rules saw Gabriel Allon take on the sadist Ivan Kharkov in his book, Gabriel Allon vs. In this #1 New York Times Bestseller from Daniel Silva, he must defeat him once and for all.Grigori

The Evolution Of God by Robert Wright

The Evolution Of God


Robert Wright's stunning, captivating journey through history reveals a key discovery that is crucial to the current moment: There is a pattern in evolution Judaism Christianity Islam.

Blindman'S Bluff by Faye Kellerman

Blindman'S Bluff


"A well-tangled web of intrigue and murder."--Entertainment Weekly"Kellerman invariably rides high in the bestseller lists...Blindman's Bluff shows why."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch One of the most popular crime fiction couples, LAPD homicide detective