January 2009 calendar

January 2009

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2009?


  • 01 Jan 2009 For the first time since 2003, when Saddam Hussein was overthrown by the U.S.-led invasion, the U.S. military in Iraq is under Iraqi control.
  • 02 Jan 2009 The first European commercial flight since 1990, a charter plane from Sweden carrying 150 passengers lands at Baghdad International Airport.
  • 03 Jan 2009 Jett Travolta (16-year-old) is the son of actor John Travolta and dies suddenly from a seizure during a family vacation in the Bahamas.
  • 04 Jan 2009 Six people are killed and 20 injured in a suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan in North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
  • 05 Jan 2009 The US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq has opened. It is the largest and most expensive US embassies ever built. Around 1,200 people will live there.
  • 06 Jan 2009 United States President-elect Barack Obama offers the Surgeon General position to CNN's Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent.
  • 07 Jan 2009 35th Annual People's Choice Awards USA
  • 08 Jan 2009 The Critics' Choice Award is announced in Los Angeles, California. Best picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 09 Jan 2009 Rob Gauntlett was the youngest Briton who has climbed Mount Everest. He died while climbing in the French Alps.
  • 10 Jan 2009 A boat carrying eight Somali pirates, the supertanker MV "Sirius Star" freed from slavery, capsizes in Gulf of Aden. Five people are killed and their share of US$3 Million in ransom is lost.
  • 11 Jan 2009 The Golden Globe Awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, California. Best drama: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 12 Jan 2009 Eight people are killed and more than 6,000 people are affected by flooding caused by Tropical Depression 04F in Fiji.
  • 13 Jan 2009 Morgan Stanley and Citigroup have agreed to merge their brokerages. Morgan Stanley will pay Citigroup US$2.7billion for a 51 per cent stake in the joint venture. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's new brokerage will have assets totaling US$1.7 trillion.
  • 14 Jan 2009 American apparel chain Goody's declares bankruptcy in order to close its remaining 282 stores.
  • 15 Jan 2009 Bank of America, America's largest bank, reports its first quarterly loss since 1997, at US$1.79 Billion.
  • 16 Jan 2009 The U.S. government rescues Bank of America with a US$20billion bailout and a guarantee of almost $100 billion in 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.
  • 18 Jan 2009 Gaza War: Hamas declares that they will accept the ceasefire offered by Israeli Defense Forces, which ends the offensive.
  • 19 Jan 2009 According to the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Palestinian National Authority, 1,300 Palestinians were killed and 5,400 were hurt in the 22-day conflict in Gaza Strip with Israel.
  • 20 Jan 2009 Barack Hussein Obama is elected 44th President of United States.
  • 21 Jan 2009 The U.S. Senate supports Hillary Clinton, a former New York senator and first lady, as Secretary of State.
  • 22 Jan 2009 Barack Obama, the US president, orders Guantnamo Bay prison to be closed in a year.
  • 23 Jan 2009 Barack Obama, the US president, orders Guantanamo Bay prison, Cuba, to close within one year.
  • 24 Jan 2009 The storm Klaus hits Bordeaux, France. The storm would then cause 26 deaths and extensive disruptions in power supply and public transport.
  • 25 Jan 2009 Sudan bombs Muhajeria in Darfur, killing one child.
  • 26 Jan 2009 Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, announced that it would acquire Wyeth for US$68 million.
  • 27 Jan 2009 Los Angeles, California: A woman gives birth in Los Angeles to octuplets. This is believed to be the second set of eight children born in the United States.
  • 28 Jan 2009 The US House of Representatives votes 244 to 181 in favor of President Barack Obama's US$819 Billion economic stimulus package.
  • 29 Jan 2009 Ford Motor Company reported a record US$14.6 million loss for the full year.
  • 30 Jan 2009 Three Russian prisoners were convicted by the Kurgan Oblast Regional Court of Russia for strangling their cellmate. He had requested that they do so.
  • 31 Jan 2009 After an oil spillage ignited in Molo in Kenya, over 200 people were injured and at least 113 died. This happened just days after the massive fire that erupted at Nakumatt's Nairobi supermarket, claiming at least 25 lives.
  • 03 Jan 2009 The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called the , is established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 2009?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  2. - Just Dance
  3. - Live Your Life
  4. - Heartless
  5. - Love Story


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 2009?

Do The Right Thing by Mike Huckabee

Do The Right Thing


Mike Huckabee was the ultimate dark horse when he entered the Republican presidential race. He had almost no money, no advisors, and little recognition outside of Arkansas.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon


Twilight has captivated millions of readers and they are eager to read more. Stephenie Meyer's New Moon is another captivating combination of romance, suspense, and a supernatural twist.

Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Arctic Drift


This #1 New York Times bestseller brings back the heroism, courage and determination that made Dirk Pitt legend in the adventure world... A potential breakthrough discovery

Cross Country by James Patterson

Cross Country


Alex Cross chases the most vicious killer he has ever seen, to a land full of terror and back. This is the most horrific crime scene Alex Cross has ever witnessed. Then, more murders, each one more brutal, follow.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One


Nicholas Sparks, the bestselling author of 14 books, tells the story of a man who had to deal with death and found the love of his dreams in his 14th book.