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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 2009.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 2009: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2009?


Events

  • 01 Jan 2009 The U.S. military in Iraq falls under Iraqi authority for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
  • 02 Jan 2009 A Swedish charter aircraft carrying 150 passengers touches down at Baghdad International Airport, becoming the first European commercial flight to land there since 1990. (AFP via Google News)
  • 03 Jan 2009 Jett Travolta, 16-year-old son of American actor John Travolta, dies suddenly of a seizure while on a family holiday in the Bahamas.
  • 04 Jan 2009 A suicide bombing kills six people and injures 20 in Dera Ismail Khan, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. (CNN)
  • 05 Jan 2009 The new US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, opens. The compound is one of the biggest and most expensive embassies the US has ever built, where about 1,200 staff will live and work.
  • 06 Jan 2009 United States President-elect Barack Obama offers CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta the position of Surgeon General. (''Washington Post'')
  • 07 Jan 2009 35th Annual People's Choice Awards in the USA
  • 08 Jan 2009 In Los Angeles, California, the Critics' Choice Awards are announced. Best picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 09 Jan 2009 Rob Gauntlett, the youngest Briton to have climbed Mount Everest died whilst climbing in the French Alps
  • 10 Jan 2009 A boat carrying eight Somali pirates from the freed supertanker MV ''Sirius Star'' capsizes in the Gulf of Aden, causing the deaths of five and the loss of their portion of US$3 million in ransom. (Telegraph)
  • 11 Jan 2009 In Beverly Hills, California, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, presents the Golden Globe Awards. Best drama: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 12 Jan 2009 Flooding caused by Tropical Depression 04F kills eight people and displaces more than 6,000 in Fiji. (AP)
  • 13 Jan 2009 Citigroup and Morgan Stanley agree to combine their brokerages, with Morgan Stanley paying Citigroup US$2.7 billion for a 51 percent stake in the joint venture. The new Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will have US$1.7 trillion in client assets.
  • 14 Jan 2009 American apparel chain Goody's files for bankruptcy to liquidate its remaining 282 stores.
  • 15 Jan 2009 Bank of America, the largest U.S. bank, posts its first quarterly loss in 17 years, of US$1.79 billion.
  • 16 Jan 2009 Bank of America is rescued by the U.S. government with a US$20 billion bailout and a guarantee for almost $100 billion of potential losses on toxic assets.
  • 17 Jan 2009 North Korea claims to have ampquotweaponizedampquot 30.8 kilograms of plutonium, enough for four to five nuclear warheads. (CNN)
  • 18 Jan 2009 Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israeli Defense Forces's offer of a ceasefire, ending the assault.
  • 19 Jan 2009 The Palestinian National Authority's Central Bureau of Statistics reports that 1,300 Palestinians were killed; 5,400 were injured; and US$1.9 billion in damage was caused during the 22-day conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip. (CNN)
  • 20 Jan 2009 Barack Hussein Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
  • 21 Jan 2009 The U.S. Senate endorses former New York Senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
  • 22 Jan 2009 US President Barack Obama orders Guant�namo Bay prison be closed within a year.
  • 23 Jan 2009 US President Barack Obama orders the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be closed within a year.
  • 24 Jan 2009 The storm Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France. It subsequently would cause 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.
  • 25 Jan 2009 Sudan bombs the town of Muhajeria, Darfur, killing a child. (MSNBC)
  • 26 Jan 2009 The world's largest drug company, Pfizer of New York, announces it will acquire rival Wyeth for US$68 billion.
  • 27 Jan 2009 In Los Angeles, California, a woman gives birth to octuplets, believed to be only the second set of eight babies born in the United States.
  • 28 Jan 2009 The US House of Representatives passes President Barack Obama's US$819 billion economic stimulus package, voting 244 to 188.
  • 29 Jan 2009 Ford Motor Company reports a record US$14.6 billion full-year loss.
  • 30 Jan 2009 The regional Court in Kurgan Oblast, Russia convicts the three prisoners, all born in 1990, of aggravated murder for strangling their cellmate, who had asked them to end his life in this fashion. (Interfax)
  • 31 Jan 2009 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

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Music charts

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Movies

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Mary and Max

Mary and Max

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Adam Elliot

Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Country: United States of America

Moon

Moon

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Duncan Jones

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Country: United States of America

(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Marc Webb

Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Country: United States of America

Coraline

Coraline

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Country: United States of America

Precious

Precious

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Lee Daniels

Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in January 2009?
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The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

The Piano Teacher

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"A rare and exquisite story . . . Transports you out of time, out of place, into a world you can feel on your very skin."

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful.

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

The Hour I First Believed

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When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School.

Hot, Flat, And Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

Hot, Flat, And Crowded

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Businessweek Best Business Book of the Year A Chicago Tribune Best

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.