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 won a majority of the seats in Spain's Basque Country's Parliamentary Elections.
  • 02 Mar 2009 The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops below 7,000 for first time since May 1997. It dropped 299.64 points or 4.24 percent to 6,763.29.
  • 03 Mar 2009 The Historisches Archiv der Stadt Koln (Historical Archives), in Cologne, Germany, is destroyed.
  • 04 Mar 2009 Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudanese President, is being held by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is now the first sitting head state to be indicted since 2002, when the ICC was established.
  • 05 Mar 2009 General Motors admits in its annual report, that it is in "substantial doubt" about its survival.
  • 06 Mar 2009 The European Union will transfer to Kenya Somali pirates that were captured during Operation Atalanta.
  • 07 Mar 2009 NASA launched the unmanned Kepler telescope from Cape Canaveral, Florida to orbit the Sun in search of Earth-like planets that could host life.
  • 08 Mar 2009 Moshe Katsav, former Israeli President, will face charges of rape as well as indecent assault.
  • 09 Mar 2009 Barack Obama signs an executive decree restoring funding to stem cell research.
  • 10 Mar 2009 The United States Senate approves an Omnibus Spending Bill in the amount of US$410 billion.
  • 11 Mar 2009 Winnenden school shooting: 17 people are shot and killed in a school in Germany.
  • 12 Mar 2009 Roche Holding, a Swiss drugmaker, announces that it will purchase the remaining 44 per cent of Genentech stock in America for US$46.8billion.
  • 13 Mar 2009 The United States has dropped the term "ampquotenemy combatantampquot" for Guantanamo Bay Naval base's detention camp detainees.
  • 14 Mar 2009 An auction sells a copy of the first Superman comic, Action Comics, Number 1, June 1938, for US$317,000.
  • 15 Mar 2009 NASA launches the space shuttle Discovery from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
  • 16 Mar 2009 Andry Rajoelina, a former Antanarivo Mayor, demands that President Marc Ravalomanana be arrested by Madagascar's military. This is after soldiers from the Army seize a presidential palace.
  • 17 Mar 2009 Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils passes Patrick Roy to become the National Hockey League's most successful goaltender.
  • 18 Mar 2009 For the first time since 1960s, the US Federal Reserve announces that it will purchase up to US$300 Billion of Treasury bonds. The Federal Reserve announced that it will increase its existing program to purchase securities and debt to US$1.45 trillion.
  • 19 Mar 2009 A 7.9 magnitude earthquake is felt, and the Hunga Tonga submarine volcanic eruption occurs in the Pacific Ocean close to Tongatapu (Tonga).
  • 20 Mar 2009 In the Strait of Hormuz, the United States Navy's USS "Hartford" and USS "New Orleans" collide.
  • 21 Mar 2009 Minimum 21 people are killed in combat in Russia's Dagestan Republic.
  • 22 Mar 2009 After a long period of unrest, Mount Redoubt in Alaska starts erupting.
  • 23 Mar 2009 Near a Haifa, Israel shopping center, a car bomb was located and defused.
  • 24 Mar 2009 The Lady Mary, a fishing boat, sinks off Cape May
  • 25 Mar 2009 The 50-ore Swedish coin will be abolished by the Parliament of Sweden on September 30, 2010.
  • 26 Mar 2009 Mount Redoubt volcano, Alaska, erupts, sending a plume ash and smoke into atmosphere, reaching up to 20,000m.
  • 27 Mar 2009 Situ Gintung, an artificial lake located in Indonesia, crashes and kills at least 99 people.
  • 28 Mar 2009 After a 13-day mission, NASA's Discovery spaceship lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • 29 Mar 2009 General Motors Chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner steps down
  • 30 Mar 2009 US President Barack Obama orders General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner to resign.
  • 31 Mar 2009 Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Likud Party, is elected Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 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.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Right Roundyoutube
  2. - Dead And Gone
  3. - Crack A Bottle
  4. - Heartless
  5. - Poker Face


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 2009?

Run For Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Run For Your Life


The Teacher, a calculated killer calling himself The Teacher, is taking down New York City and killing the powerful and arrogant. His message is simple: either remember your manners, or you will suffer the consequences.

Fool by Christopher Moore



"Hilarious and always inventive, this book is for all, especially uptight English teacher bardolaters and ministerial students." --Dallas Morning NewsFool - The outrageous and hilarious New York Times bestseller by the unstoppable Christopher

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed


Check out our feature on Patricia Briggs’s Bone Crossed. Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson topped the bestsellers list with Iron Kissed...

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

White Witch, Black Curse


"The Hollows world is fast-moving and funny. It is also harrowing and scary. And--the best compliment to a fantasy --absolutely real New York Times bestseller author Diana Gabaldon Kim Harrison, which is a New York Times-bestselling phenomenon.

Corsair by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul



Clive Cussler, author of five novels, has taken readers to the Oregon, an abandoned ship that is packed with sophisticated equipment and captained by Juan Cabrillo, a rakish, one-legged man.