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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.

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Historical Events

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Events

  • 01 Dec 2009 US President Barack Obama announces an additional 30,000 U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan, over the coming summer and fall.
  • 02 Dec 2009 FIFA, the world governing body for association football, announce after an emergency session of their Executive Committee, that following the controversy over the Thierry Henry handball incident, it will set up an inquiry into the use of extra officials or technology, but any changes will not be implemented for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Wikinews
  • 03 Dec 2009 The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures deposits in United States commercial banks, is running a deficit of $US8.2 billion. (New York Times)
  • 04 Dec 2009 US Marines and Afghan troops launch Operation Cobra's Anger in northern Helmand province. (Bloomberg)
  • 05 Dec 2009 CNN issues an apology to ''The Irish Times'' after accusing the newspaper of publishing fake nude photographs of the world's number one golfer Tiger Woods. CNN also alleged ''The Irish Times'' had paid damages as a result. (''The Irish Times'')
  • 06 Dec 2009 Flamengo wins its sixth Brazilian national football title, following a 2-1 win over Grêmio in the last round of 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. (Globo)
  • 07 Dec 2009 Pakistan’s Raffatullah Momand and Aamer Sajjad set a new world record for a second wicket partnership scoring 580 runs in a first-class Quaid-i-Azam Trophy match, breaking the previous record of 576 held by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama.(Dawn)(Cricinfo)
  • 08 Dec 2009 Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.
  • 09 Dec 2009 An unexplained spiral light seen in the sky across large parts of Northern Norway confounds spectators. Authorities speculate that the light could come from a misfired Russian rocket, but Russian authorities deny this. (Daily Mail) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 10 Dec 2009 The credit rating of Greece is downgraded, leading to increased pessimism regarding the Greek economy. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec 2009 Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
  • 12 Dec 2009 Annise Parker is elected Mayor of Houston, which becomes the largest United States city with an openly gay person elected mayor. (CBS News) (New York Times)
  • 13 Dec 2009 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair states in an interview that he would have gone to war in Iraq even if he had known that it had no weapons of mass destruction. (The Times) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 14 Dec 2009 The Group of 77 (including China, India, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) suspends participation in treaty negotiations at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, citing the unwillingness of developed nations to live up to the Kyoto Protocol and what they view as a lack of open negotiations. (BBC) (AP)
  • 15 Dec 2009 US television evangelist Oral Roberts dies in Newport Beach, California at age 91 from complications from pneumonia.
  • 16 Dec 2009 Mexican drug lord Arturo Beltrán Leyva, leader of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, is killed by personnel of the Mexican Navy during a shootout in Cuernavaca, Morelos. (''The Times'')
  • 17 Dec 2009 MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
  • 18 Dec 2009 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.
  • 19 Dec 2009 The North American blizzard of 2009 produces record snowfall, causing power outages, deaths, and impacting retail sales. (The Weather Channel) (BBC)
  • 20 Dec 2009 Tanzania is hit by an earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude. (Xinhua) (Press TV)
  • 21 Dec 2009 A police officer in Washington, D.C, draws a gun during a snowball fight. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec 2009 The US White House appoints former eBay and Microsoft executive Howard Schmidt as its cybersecurity chief.
  • 23 Dec 2009 Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Jim Moriarty resigns, the second bishop to do so following the publication of the Murphy Report. (RTÉ) (BBC) (Bangkok Post)
  • 24 Dec 2009 The Barack Obama administration pledges to back mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac up to US$810 billion during 2010, up from the current US$200 billion, no matter how big their losses may be in the next three years.
  • 25 Dec 2009 A Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, tries to ignite powder and liquid explosives on Northwest Airlines plane Flight 253 from Nigeria via Amsterdam as it is preparing to land in Detroit. The man is subdued and the plane lands safely with no injuries.
  • 26 Dec 2009 A bomb squad in Reykjavik, Iceland, searches a diverted Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, United States, that carries a bag whose owner did not make it onto the plane. (Reuters)
  • 27 Dec 2009 A consortium led by Korea Electric Power gets a US$20.4-billion contract to build nuclear power plants in the United Arab Emirates, the largest-ever energy deal in the Middle East. (The Wall Street Journal) (Korea Times)
  • 28 Dec 2009 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims are observing the Day of Ashura.
  • 29 Dec 2009 The Sudanese parliament approves legislation for a referendum on the independence of South Sudan. (BBC News)
  • 30 Dec 2009 The U.S. Treasury injects another US$3.8 billion into GMAC Financial Services to help cover mortgage losses, making the government the majority owner (56.3 percent) of the company.
  • 31 Dec 2009 A High Court in Malaysia rules that the country's Christians have a constitutional right to use the word ''Allah'' in reference to God, declaring the government's ban on the use of ''Allah'' by non-Muslims as unconstitutional. (''BBC News'')

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3 Idiots

3 Idiots

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

Starring: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Country: United States of America

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Country: United States of America

Leap Year

Leap Year

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Anand Tucker

Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow

The Bannen Way

The Bannen Way

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Jesse Warren

Starring: Mark Gantt, Vanessa Marcil, Gabriel Tigerman, Michael Ironside

Books

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall

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WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTIONA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster.

Push by Sapphire

Push

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"Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," directed by Lee Daniels and written by Damien Paul GRAND JURY PRIZE and AUDIENCE AWARD winner at the 2009 Sundance Film FestivalRelentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this "horrific, hope-filled story" (Newsday) is certain to …

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Have a Little Faith

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Now including a new chapter for the paperback edition. "A masterpiece."--Publishers Weekly "In the beginning there was a question. 'Will you do my eulogy' As is often the case with faith, I thought I was being asked a favor.

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

The Wrecker

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A man known only as the Wrecker is sabotaging the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line. Whoever he is, whatever his motives, he's building up to a grand act unlike anything

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

U is for Undertow

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Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Even more so when Kinsey Millhone's only lead is a grown man dredging up a repressed childhood memory-of something that may never have happened...