October 2009 calendar

October 2009

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2009?


  • 01 Oct 2009 The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over the judicial functions of the House of Lords.
  • 02 Oct 2009 Voters in Ireland go to the polls for a second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. (''The Vancouver Sun'')
  • 03 Oct 2009 Treaty of Lisbon:
  • 04 Oct 2009 Shōichi Nakagawa, the former Japanese Finance Minister who resigned over apparent drunken behaviour at the 2009 G7 meeting in Rome, is found dead in Tokyo. (Japan Today) (Al Jazeera) (The Times)
  • 05 Oct 2009 The United States Federal Trade Commission issues regulations for writers of blogs. (Wired Magazine)
  • 06 Oct 2009 An "industry-wide phishing scheme" targets sites such as Google, Hotmail, Yahoo! and AOL, with passwords posted online and more than a quarter of a million accounts at risk. (BBC) (The Wall Street Journal) (The Guardian)
  • 07 Oct 2009 The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath, ampquotfor studies of the structure and function of the ribosomeampquot. (Nobel Foundation)
  • 08 Oct 2009 The 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature goes to the Romanian-German novelist Herta Müller, "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed". She becomes the twelfth woman to win the literature prize and the fourth female Nobel Laureate of 2009, a record year for female achievers. (Nobel) (Deutsche Welle) (Realitatea) (The Australian) (The Times)
  • 09 Oct 2009 First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program.
  • 10 Oct 2009 After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.
  • 11 Oct 2009 Luis Armando Pena Soltren, a suspect wanted for the 1968 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 281, is captured after more than 40 years. (The Associated Press) (CNN)
  • 12 Oct 2009 The 60th International Astronautical Congress opens in Daejeon, South Korea, with approximately 3,000 space experts from more than 70 countries attending. (UPI)
  • 13 Oct 2009 The planned 200 million US$ rebuilding and expansion of Stockholm's central library, built by architect Gunnar Asplund, is cancelled. (SR)
  • 14 Oct 2009 Negotiators in Honduras reach a deal to restore President Manuel Zelaya to office to end the political crisis in the country. (CBC) (AFP) (Xinhua)
  • 15 Oct 2009 Treaty of Lisbon:
  • 16 Oct 2009 Voters in Botswana take part in a general election. (IOL) (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Oct 2009 Czech President Václav Klaus compares the Treaty of Lisbon to ampquotan unstoppable speeding trainampquot that he is being forced to sign. (BBC)
  • 18 Oct 2009 Yemen claims to have killed 18 Shia rebels in fighting in the north of the country. (Pro Kerala)
  • 19 Oct 2009 Charles Wesley Mumbere is crowned king of the Bakonjo people in the Rwenzururu district of Uganda. (NPR) (AP via Google)
  • 20 Oct 2009 European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.
  • 21 Oct 2009 The Philadelphia Phillies win the 2009 National League Championship Series 4 games to 1 after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10–4. (''New York Times'')
  • 22 Oct 2009 Sweden's Lutheran Church decides to conduct same-sex marriages, becoming the first major church to do so. (Reuters)
  • 23 Oct 2009 At the end of their three-week synod in the Vatican, more than 200 African Roman Catholic bishops issue a 12-page document urging what they call corrupt political leaders on the continent to repent their sins or resign and criticising multinational companies who exploit and destroy the earth. (BBC) (Reuters) (CBC)
  • 24 Oct 2009 The number of US bank failures this year has topped more than 100 after US federal regulators shut down three small Florida banks. More US banks have now failed this year than in any year since 1992.
  • 25 Oct 2009 American billionaire philanthropist Jeffry Picower and friend of Bernie Madoff drowns in his Florida swimming pool after suffering a heart attack, at age 67. Picower was the subject of a US$7.2 billion lawsuit filed by the Madoff fraud case trustee.
  • 26 Oct 2009 President of Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali wins 90% of votes, his fifth term and a new five-year mandate in the country's general election. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (CBC)
  • 27 Oct 2009 A report by the Australian government warns that global warming climate change threatens the coastal lifestyle of the country, with a prospect of a ban on coastal homes. (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 28 Oct 2009 NASA launches a prototype Ares I-X rocket from Florida to test technology for the development of a future manned launch vehicle. The US$450 million launcher is the first NASA has built in more than 30 years.
  • 29 Oct 2009 The Haitian Senate votes to remove Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis. (AP via Google News)
  • 30 Oct 2009 The American Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seizes nine failed banks, including Los Angeles-based California National Bank, the fourth-largest U.S. bank failure this year.
  • 31 Oct 2009 Niger's opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou returns to the country to face charges of money laundering. (IOL) (AFP)

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  1. - I Gotta Feelingyoutube
  2. - Down
  3. - 3youtube
  4. - Run This Town
  5. - Party In The U.S.A.


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Satyen Bose

Starring: Sudhir Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Sanjay Khan, Baby Farida

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Otto Preminger

Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Country: United States of America

To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in October 2009?
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Liberty And Tyranny by Mark R. Levin

Liberty And Tyranny


Don’t miss syndicated radio host and author Mark Levin's #1 New York Times acclaimed and longtime bestselling manifesto for the conservative movement.When

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked


Nick Hornby returns to his roots—music and messy relationships—in this funny and touching novel that thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Have a Little Faith


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 Lost Art Of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith

The Lost Art Of Gratitude


ISABEL DALHOUSIE - Book 6 Nothing captures the charm of Edinburgh like the bestselling Isabel Dalhousie series of novels featuring the insatiably curious philosopher and woman detective.

Arguing With Idiots by Glenn Beck

Arguing With Idiots


#1 New York Times bestselling author and radio and tv host Glenn Beck's ultimate handbook for tackling and winning life’s most important arguments.FUNNY. FRIGHTENING. TRUE. It happens to all of us: You're minding your own business, when some idiot informs …