March 2009 calendar

March 2009

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2009?


  • 01 Mar 2009 The Basque Nationalist Party wins a plurality of seats in Spain's Basque Country's parliamentary elections. (CNN)
  • 02 Mar 2009 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes below 7,000 for the first time since May 1997, dropping 299.64 points, or 4.24 percent, to 6,763.29.
  • 03 Mar 2009 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Koln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
  • 04 Mar 2009 The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.
  • 05 Mar 2009 General Motors acknowledges in its annual report that its survival is in ampquotsubstantial doubtampquot. (''New York Times'')
  • 06 Mar 2009 The European Union will transfer to Kenya suspected Somali pirates captured during Operation Atalanta. (AFP via Google News)
  • 07 Mar 2009 NASA launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida the unmanned Kepler telescope to orbit the Sun to search for Earth-like planets with the potential to host life.
  • 08 Mar 2009 Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav will be charged with rape and indecent assault. (Bloomberg)
  • 09 Mar 2009 US President Barack Obama signs an executive order restoring funding for stem cell research.
  • 10 Mar 2009 The United States Senate passes a US$410-billion omnibus spending bill. (CNN)
  • 11 Mar 2009 Winnenden school shooting : 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.
  • 12 Mar 2009 Swiss drugmaking company Roche Holding announces it will acquire the remaining 44 percent of American biotechnology company Genentech stock for US$46.8 billion.
  • 13 Mar 2009 The United States abandons the term ampquotenemy combatantampquot for detainees at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base's detention camp. (''New York Times'')
  • 14 Mar 2009 A copy of the first Superman comic (Action Comics, Number 1, June 1938) sells at an auction for US$317,200.
  • 15 Mar 2009 NASA launches space shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • 16 Mar 2009 Former Antananarivo Mayor Andry Rajoelina demands that Madagascar's military arrest President Marc Ravalomanana, as Army soldiers seize a presidential palace in the capital. (AP via Google News)
  • 17 Mar 2009 The New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur passes Patrick Roy to becomes the National Hockey League's winningest goaltender. (ESPN)
  • 18 Mar 2009 The US Federal Reserve, for the first time since the 1960s, announces it will buy up to US$300 billion of government Treasury bonds. The Federal Reserve also announces it will expand an existing program to buy debt and securities to US$1.45 trillion.
  • 19 Mar 2009 A 7.9-magnitude earthquake occurs and the Hunga Tonga submarine volcano erupts in the Pacific Ocean near Tongatapu, Tonga. (MSNBC) (Sky News)
  • 20 Mar 2009 The United States Navy's USS ''Hartford'' and USS ''New Orleans'' collide in the Strait of Hormuz. (US Navy)
  • 21 Mar 2009 At least 21 people are killed during combat in Russia's Dagestan Republic. (Reuters India)
  • 22 Mar 2009 Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
  • 23 Mar 2009 A car bomb is located and defused near a shopping mall in Haifa, Israel. (BBC)
  • 24 Mar 2009 The Lady Mary, a fishing vessel, sinks off the coast of Cape May
  • 25 Mar 2009 Sweden's Parliament will abolish the 50-öre coin on September 30, 2010. (Riksbanken)
  • 26 Mar 2009 Mount Redoubt volcano in Alaska erupts, shooting a plume of ash and smoke into the atmosphere, up to 20,000m.
  • 27 Mar 2009 Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people.
  • 28 Mar 2009 NASA's space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.
  • 29 Mar 2009 General Motors Chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner resigns. (CNN)
  • 30 Mar 2009 General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is ordered to step down by US President Barack Obama.
  • 31 Mar 2009 Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is inaugurated as Prime Minister of Israel. (Xinhua via Reuters)

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Star Trek

Star Trek

Release year: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Country: United States of America

City Island

City Island

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Raymond De Felitta

Starring: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer

I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man

Release year: 2009

Directed by: John Hamburg

Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Sarah Burns

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in March 2009?
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Obama by Jill Abramson



This is the remarkable story of Barack Obama's journey to the White House, as told by the greatest cultural recorders in the world, the staff of The New York Times.

A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr

A. Lincoln


“If you read one book about Lincoln, make it A. Lincoln.”—USA TodayNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Washington Post • The Philadelphia Inquirer • The Christian Science Monitor • St.

Promises In Death by J. D. Robb

Promises In Death


J. D. Robb takes us to the New York City of 2060, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces down a cop killer.

The Gamble by Thomas E. Ricks

The Gamble


Thomas E. Rick's news-breaking follow up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco Now updated to fully document the inside story of the Iraq war since late 2005,

Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter