December 2009 calendar

December 2009

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 2009: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2009?


  • 01 Dec 2009 Barack Obama, the US President, announces that an additional 30,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan in the summer and fall.
  • 02 Dec 2009 FIFA, the global governing body of association football, announced after an emergency session of its Executive Committee that it would launch an inquiry into the use extra officials or technology following the controversy surrounding the Thierry Henry handball incident. However, no changes will be made for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Wikinews
  • 03 Dec 2009 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (which insures deposits at US commercial banks) is currently in deficit by $US8.2 million.
  • 04 Dec 2009 Operation Cobra's Anger is a joint operation by the US Marines and Afghan troops in northern Helmand province.
  • 05 Dec 2009 CNN apologizes to "The Irish Times" after accusing them of publishing fake nude photos of Tiger Woods, the world's number 1 golfer. CNN claimed that ''The Irish Times’' had also paid damages.
  • 06 Dec 2009 After beating Gremio 2-1 in the final round of 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, Flamengo won its sixth Brazilian national football championship.
  • 07 Dec 2009 Aamer Sajjad and Raffatullah Mumand, Pakistan, set a new record for a second wicket partnership scoring 580 runs during a Quaid-iAzam Trophy match. This surpasses the 576 run record held by Roshan Mahanama and Sanath Jayasuriya in Sri Lanka.
  • 08 Dec 2009 Baghdad bombings, Iraq kill 127 people and injures 448.
  • 09 Dec 2009 Observers are baffled by a strange spiral light that appears in the sky over large areas of Northern Norway. Although Russian authorities have denied that this possibility, some experts speculate that the light may be caused by a Russian rocket that was misfired.
  • 10 Dec 2009 Greece's credit rating has been downgraded. This has led to increased pessimism about the Greek economy.
  • 11 Dec 2009 Tiger Woods announced that he will be taking an indefinite break from professional golf to devote his time to his marriage.
  • 12 Dec 2009 Annise Parker becomes Houston's first openly gay mayor.
  • 13 Dec 2009 Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, stated in an interview that he would have gone into war against Iraq even though he knew it did not possess weapons of mass destruction.
  • 14 Dec 2009 The Group of 77, which includes China, India UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, has suspended participation to treaty negotiations at Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. They cite the inability of developed countries to live up the Kyoto Protocol and what is perceived as a lack of open negotiation.
  • 15 Dec 2009 Oral Roberts, a US television evangelist, has died in Newport Beach (California) at the age of 91 due to complications from pneumonia.
  • 16 Dec 2009 Mexican drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva is shot to death by members of the Mexican Navy in Cuernavaca (Morellos).
  • 17 Dec 2009 The sinking of MV Danny F II off the coast Lebanon causes the death of 44 people as well as more than 28,000 animals.
  • 18 Dec 2009 The UN climate conference in Copenhagen (Denmark) ended with a final compromise climate deal and a promise to work out all details later. The deal was signed by the leaders of the following countries: Canada, USA (China, India), Brazil, South Africa, and India. The agreement provides money for developing countries to combat global warming. The agreement is non-binding and does not establish new targets for greenhouse gas reduction.
  • 19 Dec 2009 2009 North American Blizzard records snowfall. This causes power outages and deaths as well as a significant impact on retail sales.
  • 20 Dec 2009 An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 strikes Tanzania.
  • 21 Dec 2009 A Washington, D.C. police officer draws a gun during an snowball fight.
  • 22 Dec 2009 Howard Schmidt, a former executive at Microsoft and eBay, has been appointed cybersecurity chief by the US White House.
  • 23 Dec 2009 Leighlin Jim and Bishop of Kildare resign, becoming the second bishop to do this after the Murphy Report was published.
  • 24 Dec 2009 Barack Obama's administration has pledged to support Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other mortgage finance giants up to US$810 Billion in 2010. This is an increase from their current US$200 Billion.
  • 25 Dec 2009 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from Nigeria tries to light powder and liquid explosives aboard Northwest Airlines plane Flight 253 as it prepares to land in Detroit. The man is subdued, and the plane lands safely without any injuries.
  • 26 Dec 2009 A bomb squad from Reykjavik in Iceland searches for a diverted Lufthansa flight between Frankfurt, Germany and Detroit, Michigan, United States. The bag was not owned by the owner.
  • 27 Dec 2009 Korea Electric Power wins a contract worth US$20.4 billion to build nuclear power stations in the United Arab Emirates. This is the largest ever energy deal in the Middle East.
  • 28 Dec 2009 43 people are killed in a suicide attack in Karachi, Pakistan. This is where Shia Muslims observe the Day of Ashura.
  • 29 Dec 2009 The Sudanese parliament approves legislation to hold a referendum on South Sudan's independence.
  • 30 Dec 2009 To help with mortgage losses, the U.S. Treasury has injected another US$3.8B into GMAC Financial Services. This makes the government (56.3%) the majority owner of the company.
  • 31 Dec 2009 Malaysia's High Court ruled that Christians in Malaysia have the constitutional right to use the term 'Allah’ in reference to God. It also declared unconstitutional the government's ban against the use of the word Allah’ by non-Muslims.
  • 03 Dec 2009 A suicide bombing at a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, kills 25 people, including three ministers of the Transitional Federal Government.
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Which were the most popular books released in December 2009?

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lacuna


The Lacuna is Barbara Kingsolver's first novel in nine year. She is the New York Times bestseller of The Poisonwood Bible, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and A Year of Food Life.

Push by Sapphire



"Push": Based on the Novel of Sapphire, directed by Lee Daniels, written by Damien Paul GRAND PRIZE and AUDIENCE AAWARD winner at Sundance Film Festival 2009. This "horrific and hope-filled story" is sure to haunt a new generation.

Kindred In Death by J. D. Robb

Kindred In Death


Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a New York City police officer, searches the backstreets for a criminal who is obstructing the peace. This is the latest novel by J.D.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol


Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist, responds unexpectedly to a summons to appear in the U.S. Capitol Building. The building is occupied by a strange object, which has been carefully encoded with five symbols.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer



Isabella Swan moved to Forks in Washington. It was a small and rainy place. Isabella's life changes dramatically when she meets Edward Cullen.