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

  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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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Everybody's Fine

Everybody's Fine

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Starring: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore

To Save a Life

To Save a Life

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Brian Baugh

Starring: Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Joshua Weigel, Steven Crowder

From Time to Time

From Time to Time

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Julian Fellowes

Starring: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Christopher Villiers


Which were the most popular books released in October 2009?
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A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

A Touch of Dead


Visit our Sookie Stackhouse series feature page.View our feature on Charlaine Harris’s A Touch of Dead.Every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written—in one special volume—from the New York Times bestselling author.

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas List


Dear Reader,When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries.

The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace

The Eleventh Victim


"Seconds passed; minutes. She could hear movement now in the waiting room she had just left...it was the metal magazine rack she was sure, that crashed to the tile floor.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Half Broke Horses


"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother.

End The Fed by Ron Paul

End The Fed


In the post-meltdown world, it is irresponsible, ineffective, and ultimately useless to have a serious economic debate without considering and challenging the role of the Federal Reserve.