On January 25th, George W. Bush passed the presidential torch to the USA’s first African-American president (Barack Obama).
At the time, he took office, world censuses estimated a world population of roughly 6.8 billion. The birth of babies commonly named Jacob and Isabella helped this number continue its upward trajectory. While we may not know who will change the world, we do know that the Suleman Octuplets became the longest surviving set in history.
We lost some amazing people in 2009. Included among them were Clive Granger, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcet, Les Paul, and Walter Cronkite.
The top box office releases included Avatar, Coraline, Star Trek, and Inglourious Basterds. Meanwhile, for the bookworms of the world, Catching Fire and The Help took home first and second place. Read on to find out how 2009 forever changed the US automotive industry.
Some notable firsts of 2009 include the development of an AIDs vaccine, the revival of an extinct species from cloning, and the invention of the first bladeless fan. While Slovakia became the 16th country to join the European Union, Croatia and Albania became official members of NATO.
A variety of disasters also rocked the world as Victorian-based Australian bushfires were proclaimed the worst natural disaster in Australian history. But many more countries faced a crisis much more economic than climate-based. Countries such as Thailand and Switzerland slipped into what would be a hard-hitting recession. At the same time, closer to home, the US watched in horror as GM and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy. Though no one knew it then, these 365 days would come to mark what would become the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression.
When you remember 2009, picture a time when science-fiction was king and the automobile assembly lines nearly ground to a halt.
Discover how United Kingdom looked like in 2009
Have a look at the old newspapers from 2009 and get them!
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Country: United States
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman
Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham
Which were the top hits of 2009 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 2009 ?
By: Malcolm Gladwell
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful.
By: Stephenie Meyer
Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won't be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist.
Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour the paperback edition Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her ...
By: Kathryn Stockett
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer ...
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2009 in the USA ?
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 2009