2009

On January 25th, George W. Bush passed the presidential torch to the USA’s first African-American president (Barack Obama).

2009

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 the world looked like in 2009

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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3 Idiots

3 Idiots

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

Starring: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Country: United States of America

The Secret in Their Eyes

The Secret in Their Eyes

Directed by: Juan José Campanella

Starring: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Country: United States of America

Mary and Max

Mary and Max

Directed by: Adam Elliot

Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Country: United States of America

Star Trek

Star Trek

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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

Country: United States of America

Moon

Moon

Directed by: Duncan Jones

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2009 ?
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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host

By:

The phenomenal #1 bestseller is now a major motion picture: "Startling and addictive. . . . An epic story of love, family, and loyalty." -USA TodayMelanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight

By:

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help

By:

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 …

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone

By:

In the ninth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series, the werewolves and shifters come out of the closet and throw the small town of Bon Temps into a tailspin...Except

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits of 2009?


Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2009 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
  4. Alexander
  5. William
  6. Joshua
  7. Daniel
  8. Jayden
  9. Noah
  10. Christopher
Top #10 female names
  1. Isabella
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Sophia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Madison
  8. Abigail
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2009?


Events

  • 01 Jan The U.S. military in Iraq falls under Iraqi authority for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
  • 02 Jan A Swedish charter aircraft carrying 150 passengers touches down at Baghdad International Airport, becoming the first European commercial flight to land there since 1990. (AFP via Google News)
  • 03 Jan Jett Travolta, 16-year-old son of American actor John Travolta, dies suddenly of a seizure while on a family holiday in the Bahamas.
  • 04 Jan A suicide bombing kills six people and injures 20 in Dera Ismail Khan, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. (CNN)
  • 05 Jan The new US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, opens. The compound is one of the biggest and most expensive embassies the US has ever built, where about 1,200 staff will live and work.
  • 06 Jan United States President-elect Barack Obama offers CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta the position of Surgeon General. (''Washington Post'')
  • 07 Jan 35th Annual People's Choice Awards in the USA
  • 08 Jan In Los Angeles, California, the Critics' Choice Awards are announced. Best picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 09 Jan Rob Gauntlett, the youngest Briton to have climbed Mount Everest died whilst climbing in the French Alps
  • 10 Jan A boat carrying eight Somali pirates from the freed supertanker MV ''Sirius Star'' capsizes in the Gulf of Aden, causing the deaths of five and the loss of their portion of US$3 million in ransom. (Telegraph)
  • 11 Jan In Beverly Hills, California, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, presents the Golden Globe Awards. Best drama: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 12 Jan Flooding caused by Tropical Depression 04F kills eight people and displaces more than 6,000 in Fiji. (AP)
  • 13 Jan Citigroup and Morgan Stanley agree to combine their brokerages, with Morgan Stanley paying Citigroup US$2.7 billion for a 51 percent stake in the joint venture. The new Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will have US$1.7 trillion in client assets.
  • 14 Jan American apparel chain Goody's files for bankruptcy to liquidate its remaining 282 stores.
  • 15 Jan Bank of America, the largest U.S. bank, posts its first quarterly loss in 17 years, of US$1.79 billion.
  • 16 Jan Bank of America is rescued by the U.S. government with a US$20 billion bailout and a guarantee for almost $100 billion of potential losses on toxic assets.
  • 17 Jan North Korea claims to have ampquotweaponizedampquot 30.8 kilograms of plutonium, enough for four to five nuclear warheads. (CNN)
  • 18 Jan Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israeli Defense Forces's offer of a ceasefire, ending the assault.
  • 19 Jan The Palestinian National Authority's Central Bureau of Statistics reports that 1,300 Palestinians were killed; 5,400 were injured; and US$1.9 billion in damage was caused during the 22-day conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip. (CNN)
  • 20 Jan Barack Hussein Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
  • 21 Jan The U.S. Senate endorses former New York Senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
  • 22 Jan US President Barack Obama orders Guant�namo Bay prison be closed within a year.
  • 23 Jan US President Barack Obama orders the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be closed within a year.
  • 24 Jan The storm Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France. It subsequently would cause 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.
  • 25 Jan Sudan bombs the town of Muhajeria, Darfur, killing a child. (MSNBC)
  • 26 Jan The world's largest drug company, Pfizer of New York, announces it will acquire rival Wyeth for US$68 billion.
  • 27 Jan In Los Angeles, California, a woman gives birth to octuplets, believed to be only the second set of eight babies born in the United States.
  • 28 Jan The US House of Representatives passes President Barack Obama's US$819 billion economic stimulus package, voting 244 to 188.
  • 29 Jan Ford Motor Company reports a record US$14.6 billion full-year loss.
  • 30 Jan The regional Court in Kurgan Oblast, Russia convicts the three prisoners, all born in 1990, of aggravated murder for strangling their cellmate, who had asked them to end his life in this fashion. (Interfax)
  • 31 Jan In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
  • 01 Feb In Tampa, Florida, the NFL's SuperBowl XLII game is played. The Pittsburgh Steelers win their record sixth Super Bowl by defeating the Arizona Cardinals. Santonio Holmes is named the game's most valuable player.
  • 02 Feb The United States Senate confirms Eric Holder as Attorney General. (AP via Google News)
  • 03 Feb Spectrum Brands, maker of Ray-O-Vac batteries, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US.
  • 04 Feb 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza conflict:
  • 05 Feb The United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef.
  • 06 Feb Kyrgyzstan decides to shut a U.S. air base in Manas, used as an important staging post for U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan.
  • 07 Feb The number of U.S. workers drawing unemployment aid reaches a record high of 4.99 million, the highest since records began in 1967.
  • 08 Feb In Los Angeles, California, the Grammay Awards are presented: Best album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for "Raising Sand"
  • 09 Feb New York Yankees' baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez admits to having used performance-enhancing steroids earlier in his career, over a three-year period from 2001 to 2003 with the Texas Rangers.
  • 10 Feb The U.S. Senate passes its own US$838 billion version of a rescue plan to fight the deepening recession, voting 61 to 37.
  • 11 Feb Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett ("Be My Baby") dies at age 67 in Englewood, New Jersey.
  • 12 Feb Colgan Air's Continental Connection Flight 3407 Dash 8 Q400 turboprop commuter plane nosedives and slams into a home in western New York state, killing all 49 people aboard and one on the ground.
  • 13 Feb The U.S. House of Representatives approves (246-183) a US$787 billion package of spending (64 percent) and tax cuts (36 percent).
  • 14 Feb An oil spill occurs in the Celtic Sea near County Cork, Ireland. (Department of Transport)
  • 15 Feb The United Kingdom confirms the first case of a person contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after receiving contaminated blood plasma. (Telegraph)
  • 16 Feb Section 76 of the United Kingdom's Counter-Terrorism Act 2008mdasha law that criminalizes publishing information about the Armed Forces, the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service, or Government Communications Headquartersmdashis effected. (BBC)
  • 17 Feb The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies with fraudulently selling US$8 billion in high-yield certificates of deposit. Stanford International Bank is based in Antigua with 30,000 clients in 131 countries and US$8.5 billion in assets.
  • 18 Feb Stefane 3G will represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow with ampquotWe Don't Wanna Put Inampquot, a song allegedly against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Reuters)
  • 19 Feb The US Mint releases the 2009 William Henry Harrison Presidential dollar to circulation.
  • 20 Feb Swedish carmaker Saab (a unit of American carmaker General Motors) files for protection from creditors while it tries to find a new partner and raise funds.
  • 21 Feb The Taliban and Pakistan agree to a permanent ceasefire in the war in North-West Frontier Province. (CNN)
  • 22 Feb In Los Angeles, California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds its Oscar awards ceremony. Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • 23 Feb The Standard & Poor's 500 Index post its lowest closes since the spring of 1997, dropping 26.71 points, or 3.47 percent, to 743.34.
  • 24 Feb United States President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress. (BBC)
  • 25 Feb BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 people are killed, including more than 50 army officials, by Bangladeshi Border Guards inside its headquarters.
  • 26 Feb US President Barack Obama proposes a 2009/10 budget of US$3.6 trillion, with a US$1.75 trillion deficit, the highest ever, amounting to a 12.3 percent share of the economy, the largest since 1945. Planned spending includes US$634 billion to pay for healthcare reform, US$200 billion fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an extra US$250 billion set aside in case it is needed to bail out US banks.
  • 27 Feb China's Navy and Denmark's Navy thwart Somali pirate attacks on Italian and Chinese merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden. (China Daily) (Canadian Press)
  • 28 Feb Carpatair Flight 128 – a Saab 2000 bound for Timişoara, Romania, from Chişinău, Moldova, and carrying 51 people – makes an emergency landing at Traian Vuia International Airport without its forward landing gear. (Phillyburbs) amp!-- Please leave the landing gear point in the synopsis, as otherwise it loses something since emergency landings come at a rate of many daily the landing gear issue is why the item is here on this portal. --amp
  • 01 Mar The Basque Nationalist Party wins a plurality of seats in Spain's Basque Country's parliamentary elections. (CNN)
  • 02 Mar 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 The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Koln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
  • 04 Mar 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 General Motors acknowledges in its annual report that its survival is in ampquotsubstantial doubtampquot. (''New York Times'')
  • 06 Mar The European Union will transfer to Kenya suspected Somali pirates captured during Operation Atalanta. (AFP via Google News)
  • 07 Mar 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 Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav will be charged with rape and indecent assault. (Bloomberg)
  • 09 Mar US President Barack Obama signs an executive order restoring funding for stem cell research.
  • 10 Mar The United States Senate passes a US$410-billion omnibus spending bill. (CNN)
  • 11 Mar Winnenden school shooting : 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.
  • 12 Mar 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 The United States abandons the term ampquotenemy combatantampquot for detainees at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base's detention camp. (''New York Times'')
  • 14 Mar A copy of the first Superman comic (Action Comics, Number 1, June 1938) sells at an auction for US$317,200.
  • 15 Mar NASA launches space shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • 16 Mar 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 The New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur passes Patrick Roy to becomes the National Hockey League's winningest goaltender. (ESPN)
  • 18 Mar 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 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 The United States Navy's USS ''Hartford'' and USS ''New Orleans'' collide in the Strait of Hormuz. (US Navy)
  • 21 Mar At least 21 people are killed during combat in Russia's Dagestan Republic. (Reuters India)
  • 22 Mar Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
  • 23 Mar A car bomb is located and defused near a shopping mall in Haifa, Israel. (BBC)
  • 24 Mar The Lady Mary, a fishing vessel, sinks off the coast of Cape May
  • 25 Mar Sweden's Parliament will abolish the 50-öre coin on September 30, 2010. (Riksbanken)
  • 26 Mar Mount Redoubt volcano in Alaska erupts, shooting a plume of ash and smoke into the atmosphere, up to 20,000m.
  • 27 Mar Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people.
  • 28 Mar NASA's space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.
  • 29 Mar General Motors Chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner resigns. (CNN)
  • 30 Mar General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is ordered to step down by US President Barack Obama.
  • 31 Mar Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is inaugurated as Prime Minister of Israel. (Xinhua via Reuters)
  • 01 Apr Croatia and Albania join NATO
  • 02 Apr The U.S. House of Representatives passes a federal budget for fiscal 2010 starting October 1, voting 233-196 to pass the US$3.45 trillion budget.
  • 03 Apr The United States economy lost 663,000 jobs in March, raising the unemployment rate to 8.5%. (''New York Times'')
  • 04 Apr In Binghampton, New York, USA, a gunman kills 13 people in the American Civic Association building after taking dozens hostage, then kills himself.
  • 05 Apr North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.
  • 06 Apr North Carolina Tar Heels overwhelms Michigan State Spartans 89-72 in the final of the NCAA Tournament.
  • 07 Apr Mass protests begin across Moldova under the belief that results from the parliamentary election are fraudulent.
  • 08 Apr Pulte Homes in the USA announces it will buy rival Centex Corp in a US$1.3 billion all-stock deal to create the largest U.S. homebuilder.
  • 09 Apr In Tbilisi, Georgia, up to 60,000 people protest against the government of Mikheil Saakashvili.
  • 10 Apr President of Fiji Ratu Josefa Iloilo announces he will suspend the constitution and assume all governance in the country, creating a constitutional crisis.
  • 11 Apr Anti-government protests cancel the Fourth East Asia Summit in Pattaya, Thailand. (BBC)
  • 12 Apr U.S. Navy rescues Captain Richard Phillips killing three pirates, and capturing a fourth.
  • 13 Apr Former major-league pitcher (Detroit Tigers, 1976-80) Mark Fidrych dies in an apparent accident at his farm in Northborough, Massachusetts, at age 54.
  • 14 Apr North Korea will depart the six-party talks and resume its nuclear program. (BBC)
  • 15 Apr China launches a second satellite as part of its Compass global navigation system. (Xinhua)
  • 16 Apr General Growth Properties, the second-largest U.S. mall owner (over 200 malls), files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the biggest real estate failure in U.S. history. The 55-year-old company, based in Chicago, listed total assets of US$29.56 billion and total debts of $27.29 billion. Company share value dropped to 60 cents from a high of US$67 in 2007.
  • 17 Apr An airplane crash kills 11 people in Papua, Indonesia. (UPI)
  • 18 Apr Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist, is sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage by an Iranian court. She is released the following month, after an appeals court reduces and suspends her sentence.
  • 19 Apr Eight corrections officers are killed in an ambush during a prisoner transfer in Nayarit, Mexico. (AP via Google)
  • 20 Apr Oracle announces it will acquire Sun Microsystems for more than US$7 billion.
  • 21 Apr Yahoo! will cut between 600 and 700 jobs. (AP via ''Forbes'')
  • 22 Apr The United Kingdom's new government budget will increase borrowing and tax high-income earners to 50%. (''Washington Post'')
  • 23 Apr The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.
  • 24 Apr The World Health Organization expresses concern at the spread of influenza from Mexico and the United States to other countries.ref name=quotwho_statement_2009-04-25quot International cases and resulting deaths are confirmed.
  • 25 Apr Ethiopia arrests 35 people in connection with Berhanu Nega's plan to overthrow the government. (BBC via ABC News Australia)
  • 26 Apr Eleven Justice and Equality Movement members are sentenced to death for attacking Khartoum, Sudan, in 2008. (BBC)
  • 27 Apr General Motors announces it will phase out the 82-year-old Pontiac brand by the end of 2010.
  • 28 Apr The first transgenic, fluorescent dogs are cloned in South Korea. (AP via Google News)
  • 29 Apr (to May 1) Heritage Numismatic Auctions conductions coin auctions at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 30 Apr Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announces a deal with Fiat. The US government announces it will provide up to US$3.5 billion in debtor-in-possession financing and up to US$4.5 billion in exit financing. The company is expected to continue under a new ownershop arrangement: 55 percent United Auto Workers' healthcare trust fund, Fiat 20 percent, U.S. and Canadian governments with a combined stake of 10 percent.
  • 01 May Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
  • 02 May The Pilgrim's Plunge water ride opens at Holiday World in Indiana, USA, the world's largest water ride drop at 131 feet high and 45-degree slope.
  • 03 May Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda resigns. (BBC)
  • 04 May Dominick "Dom" DeLuise, American comic actor (Blazing Saddles, The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II) dies at age 75 from prostate cancer in Los Angeles, California.
  • 05 May The confirmed worldwide number of cases of swine influenza reaches 1,490. (CNN)
  • 06 May The European Parliament delays its planned reform of the European Union's telecommunications policy. (''Wall Street Journal'')
  • 07 May Over 100 New Zealand Police officers begin a 40-hour siege of a lone gunman in Napier, New Zealand.
  • 08 May Fannie Mae, the largest provider of U.S. home mortgage funding, reports a US$23.2 billion loss in the first quarter, and seeks US$19 billion in additional funding from the US Treasury.
  • 09 May Nine chemical substances are added to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants' banned list. (Reuters)
  • 10 May H1N1 influenza kills a third United States citizen and spreads to Australia and Japan. (Reuters)
  • 11 May The NASA space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 12 May The Liberal Party wins a majority of seats in British Columbia's general election. (Bloomberg)
  • 13 May United States President Barack Obama proclaims May 2009 as Jewish American Heritage Month. (White House)
  • 14 May Chrysler eliminates 789 car dealerships in the US.
  • 15 May US President Barack Obama nominates Rosa Gumataotao Rios to be next US treasurer.
  • 16 May In Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes is held. The philly Rachel Alexandra wins, ridden by Calvin Borel, the first win for a philly since 1924.
  • 17 May Al-Shabaab captures Jowhar, Somalia, from the Transitional Federal Government. (BBC)
  • 18 May Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • 19 May The United States Government Accountability Office warns that the Global Positioning System could fail by 2010. (''Guardian'')
  • 20 May The United Kingdom's House of Lords suspends Thomas Taylor and Peter Truscott until November for misconduct. (BBC)
  • 21 May Linda Fleming, 66-year-old US woman with advanced cancer, becomes the first person to die under a new assisted suicide law in Washington State.
  • 22 May Floods kill at least 11 people in Haiti. (Press Association via Google News)
  • 23 May Former President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, under investigation for alleged bribery during his presidential term, commits suicide.
  • 24 May Brazilian driver Hélio Castroneves wins automobile racing's 93rd Indianapolis 500. (ESPN)
  • 25 May North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community.
  • 26 May US President Barack Obama announces the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
  • 27 May (to May 31) Heritage Numismatic Auctions conducts Central States Signature Auction.
  • 28 May General Motors asks Germany to indebt its subsidiary automakers Opel and Vauxhall Motors. (''Times Online'')
  • 29 May Heritage Auction Galleries conducts their Signature auction in Long Beach, California. A 1856-O Coronet double eagle, SP-63 PCGS, finest known sells for US$1,437,500.
  • 30 May The South Africa Bulls defeat the New Zealand Chiefs to win rugby union's 2009 Super 14. (BBC)
  • 31 May The People's Justice Party wins the by-election in Penanti, Penang, Malaysia. (''Bernama'')
  • 01 Jun New USA requirement goes into effect for passports or other approved identification to be shown at all entry points.
  • 02 Jun Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim confirms that debris discovered in the Atlantic Ocean, near Fernando de Noronha, is the wreckage of Air France Flight 447. (CNN)
  • 03 Jun The Organization of American States revokes its 47-year suspension of Cuba. (Reuters)
  • 04 Jun United Kingdom Secretary of State for Work and Pensions James Purnell announces his resignation and requests that Prime Minister Gordon Brown also resign. ''(Guardian)''
  • 05 Jun Two thousand new private color photographs of Adolf Hitler are published. (Telegraph) (Daily News)
  • 06 Jun The European Union's parliamentary election continues in Cyprus, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and France's overseas departments and territories. (Europarl)
  • 07 Jun The European Union's parliamentary election concludes in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. (BBC) (RTÉ)
  • 08 Jun At least 18 factory workers are killed when their bus collides with a truck in the Nile Delta, Egypt. (''Irish Examiner'')
  • 09 Jun Romania's newly elected right-wing Greater Romania Party MEP George ampquotGigiampquot Becali is ordered by court not to leave the country. (BBC)
  • 10 Jun The leadership of the 30th Dáil Éireann in Ireland, representing Fianna Fáil and the Irish Green Party, win a motion of confidence. (RTÉ)
  • 11 Jun The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as quotswine fluquot, is deemed a global pandemic,ref name=quotWHO level 6quot becoming the first condition since the Hong Kong flu of 1967ampndash1968 to receive this designation.
  • 12 Jun A disputed presidential election in Iran leads to wide ranging protests in Iran and around the world.
  • 13 Jun New York-based theme park operator Six Flags files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with US$2.4 billion in debt.
  • 14 Jun Europe's first death from H1N1 is reported in Paisley, Scotland. (Reuters) (RTÉ) (The Irish Times)
  • 15 Jun Iran
  • 16 Jun Iran
  • 17 Jun Former American HealthSouth chief executive Richard Scrushy is ordered to pay US$2.9 billion after a judge found him responsible for an accounting fraud that nearly bankrupted the hospital chain.
  • 18 Jun The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft is launched.
  • 19 Jun Ken Roberts, American radio and TV announcer (The Secret Storm and Love of Life), founder of broadcast performers' union (AFTRA), dies at age 99.
  • 20 Jun Ground is broken in New Mexico, USA, on the construction site of Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. It will cost the New Mexico government almost US$200 million.
  • 21 Jun Archaeologists find evidence showing that the manioc plant was a staple food of the Maya. (''The Los Angeles Times'')
  • 22 Jun Washington Metro train collision: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.
  • 23 Jun Longtime Johnny Carson announcer/sidekick (The Tonight Show for 30 years) Ed McMahon dies at age 86 in California; host of Star Search from 1983 to 1995, co-host of Bloopers and Practical Jokes from 1982 to 1986, and emceed game shows Missing Links, Snap Judgment, Concentration, and Whodunnit!.
  • 24 Jun Togo abolishes the death penalty. (BBC)
  • 25 Jun Iran
  • 26 Jun The US House of Representatives passes the American Clean Energy and Security Act climate change bill, including cap and trade plan.
  • 27 Jun Two loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland begin decommissioning their weapons. (''The Telegraph'')
  • 28 Jun The Supreme Court of Honduras orders the arrest and exile of President Manuel Zelaya, claiming he was violating the nation's constitution by holding a referendum to stay in power. and multiple nations around the world.
  • 29 Jun Bernard Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in prison for "extraordinarily evil" crimes in Wall Street's biggest and most brazen investment fraud.
  • 30 Jun Minnesota Supreme Court rules Al Franken is the winner of the November 2008 election as US Senator, by a margin of 312 votes. This gives the Democrats 60 senators in Congress.
  • 01 Jul Shares of American International Group drop 22 percent, following shareholder approval of a 1-for-20 reverse stock split, and after the New York Stock Exchange accidentally announced the suspension and delisting of the stock.
  • 02 Jul American forces led by 4000 Marines begin a large offensive in southern Afghanistan against Taliban forces.
  • 03 Jul The African Union stops cooperation with the International Criminal Court because it charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with war crimes. (BBC)
  • 04 Jul The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
  • 05 Jul A series of violent riots break out in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.
  • 06 Jul 2009 Honduran coup d'état
  • 07 Jul A public memorial service is held for musician Michael Jackson. It is regarded as one of the most prominent funerals of all time.ref name=Allen
  • 08 Jul The European Commission fines GDF Suez and E.ON €553nbspmillion each over arrangements on the MEGAL pipeline. (Reuters)
  • 09 Jul A magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes Yunnan province of China, killing one person and destroying over 10,000 homes. (BBC)
  • 10 Jul General Motors emerges from bankruptcy protection after 40 days, with 60 percent ownership in the hands of the U.S. government.
  • 11 Jul The President of Peru Alan García names Javier Velásquez as the Prime Minister of Peru. (AFP via Google News)
  • 12 Jul Chinese Foreign Minister Jiechi Yang says tranquility can be restored in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and the perpetrators will be brought into court without any ethnical discrimination, in a 1 hour 15 minute phone conversation regarding the recent incidents with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu. (''Anadolu Agency'')
  • 13 Jul Twelve European companies launch the €400nbspbillion Desertec project to build solar thermal power stations in North Africa. (Bloomberg)
  • 14 Jul Malaysian opposition party PAS wins the Manek Urai by-election against government-led Barisan Nasional. (''The Straits Times'')
  • 15 Jul Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes near Qazvin, Iran, killing all 168 on board.
  • 16 Jul A Ugandan study finds circumcising men who already have HIV does not protect their female partners from the virus. (BBC)
  • 17 Jul Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," dies in New York at age 92.
  • 18 Jul Last surviving Battle of Jutland veteran and last surviving founder member of the Royal Air Force Henry Allingham dies at the age of 113. At the time of his death he was the oldest living man in the world. (BBC) (AFP) (RTÉ)
  • 19 Jul Ten policemen are arrested in Michoacán, Mexico, in connection with the murder of 12 federal police whose bodies were found piled next to a road. (France 24)
  • 20 Jul Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, pleads guilty in an Indian court, ending months of denials. (Associated Press) (The Times of India)
  • 21 Jul Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolves the House of Representatives, setting the stage for a general election on August 30. (Xinhua)
  • 22 Jul The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurs over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
  • 23 Jul The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 9000 for the first time since January. (''The New York Times'')
  • 24 Jul The US Senate confirms Rosa Gumataotao Rios to serve as 43rd US treasurer.
  • 25 Jul Worldwide protests in 80 cities take place in support of Iranian protesters following the disputed presidential election. (The Times) (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
  • 26 Jul Former world boxing champion Vernon Forrest is shot dead in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the victim of an apparent robbery.
  • 27 Jul The US Mint releases the 2009 American Samoa quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 28 Jul At least fifteen people die and at least 65 more disappear after a boat carrying 200 Haitian migrants sinks near the Turks and Caicos Islands. (BBC) (Daily Express) (Houston Chronicle) (Reuters) (Toronto Star)
  • 29 Jul Nigerian battles
  • 30 Jul 70,000 people are evacuated from Bryan, TX, United States, after ammonium nitrate is released during a fire at the El Dorado Chemical Company warehouse there.(AP via google)
  • 31 Jul Nigerian battles
  • 01 Aug A shooting attack at the Gay and Lesbian Association building in Tel-Aviv, Israel, results in the deaths of two people.
  • 02 Aug One person is killed and 75 injured after an outdoor stage collapses at the Big Valley Jamboree country music festival in Alberta, Canada. (CBC) (CNN)
  • 03 Aug Bolivia becomes the first country in the history of South America to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves. (MercoPress)
  • 04 Aug North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardons two American journalists, who had been arrested and imprisoned for illegal entry earlier in the year, after former U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with Kim in North Korea.
  • 05 Aug The 40th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting opens in Cairns, Australia. (RNZI)
  • 06 Aug Rosa Gumataotao Rios takes the oath of office as 43rd US Treasurer.
  • 07 Aug The leaders of three South African opposition parties urge President Jacob Zuma to withdraw his statement on the nomination of Sandile Ngcobo to replace outgoing Chief Justice Pius Langa, calling it ampquotunconstitutionalampquot. (IOL)
  • 08 Aug Typhoon Morakot makes landfall in Taiwan, and almost the entire southern region of Taiwan is flooded by record-breaking rainfall.
  • 09 Aug South African opposition parties call on President Jacob Zuma to withdraw Sandile Ngcobo as Chief Justice because he failed to consult the opposition and Judicial Service Committee. (''The Times'')
  • 10 Aug Twenty people are killed in Handlova, Trencin Region, in the deadliest mining disaster in Slovakia's history.
  • 11 Aug Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, dies at age 88 in Massachusetts, USA.
  • 12 Aug At a meeting in Caracas, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner sign agreements expanding trade between their two countries. (MercoPress)
  • 13 Aug Les Paul, country and jazz musician, electric guitar pioneer, dies at the age of 94 from complications of pneumonia in New York, USA. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • 14 Aug Pakistan begins its first international freight train service from Islamabad to Istanbul. (BBC)
  • 15 Aug Hamas police claim to have killed Abdel-Latif Moussa, head of the Islamic group Jund Ansar Allah in a shootout. (The New York Times) (Petra)
  • 16 Aug A 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurs near Siberut Island, Sumatra, Indonesia, at 14:38 local time, injuring at least seven people. (France24.com)
  • 17 Aug Reader's Digest Association of New York announces it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its U.S. businesses as part of a plan to cut debt by 75 percent.
  • 18 Aug Veteran US newspaper columnist Robert Novak dies at age 78 after a battle with brain cancer.
  • 19 Aug A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others.
  • 20 Aug The US Mint releases the 2009 James Polk Presidential dollar to circulation.
  • 21 Aug Argentina's association football championship kicks off after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner puts it on the state payroll to avoid a financial crisis. (MercoPress)
  • 22 Aug Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, criticises Ireland's Civil Partnership Bill, which gives statutory partnership rights to same-sex couples. (RTÉ) (Sunday Independent)
  • 23 Aug Tens of thousands of people in the Baltic states mark the twentieth anniversary of the 'Baltic Way' - when two million people formed a human chain to protest against Soviet Union rule. (Aljazeera), (Guardian), (Baltic Times).
  • 24 Aug The month-long "cash for clunkers" program in the US ends, with $2.9 billion spent by the US government in rebates on 690,000 low-efficiency vehicles. The top trade-in was the four-wheel-drive Ford Explorer; top new purchase was Toyota Corolla.
  • 25 Aug U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Ben Bernanke for his second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. (Bloomberg)
  • 26 Aug U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving Kennedy brother, dies at age 77, after battling brain cancer. (New York Times)
  • 27 Aug English youth Michael Perham, aged 17 years, 5 months, becomes the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world by sailboat, breaking the previous record by two months. (Reuters)
  • 28 Aug A suicide bomber lightly wounds Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, deputy interior minister of Saudi Arabia, in his Jeddah office. (Associated Press) (NY Times) (The Washington Post)
  • 29 Aug Chandrayaan-1 loses contact with ground control. (Indian Express)
  • 30 Aug Japanese voters go to the polls. (Reuters) (Xinhua) (Kyodo)
  • 31 Aug Florida governor Charlie Crist signs a gambling pact with the Seminole tribe, lasting 20 years, specifying payment of minimum US$12.5 million per month for the first 30 months for the privilege of running legal slot machines and blackjack at their seven casinos.
  • 01 Sep European leaders remember the victims of World War II at ceremonies marking the start of the conflict 70 years ago. (RTÉ) (BBC) (CBC) (Time) (Japan Today)
  • 02 Sep US drugmaker Pfizer agrees to pay US$2.3 billion in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice. The firm was found to have illegally promoted four drugs for uses which had not been approved by medical regulators.
  • 03 Sep Chief Minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is confirmed dead when the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed with him on-board in southern India on Wednesday is located. (BBC) (CNN) (Economic Times) (Press Trust of India)
  • 04 Sep The death toll in the 2009 Java earthquake rises to 63. (CBC) (Xinhua)
  • 05 Sep The G-20 finance ministers outline plans for banking reform, including tougher regulation of financial institutions. (MarketWatch) (Reuters)
  • 06 Sep In Beverly Hills, California, Ira & Larry Goldberg, Auctioneers, conduct the auction of part one of the Dan Holmes collection of US large cents.
  • 07 Sep Busch Gardens in Florida closes The Big Bad Wolf roller coaster. 29 million fans rode the attraction, which was the world's first suspended roller coaster.
  • 08 Sep A shipwreck in Sierra Leone leaves ampquotscoresampquot dead. (''The Sydney Morning Herald'')
  • 09 Sep US Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) interrupts President Barack Obama's health care speech to the Congress with an audible shout of ampquotYou lie!ampquot (''New York Times'')
  • 10 Sep British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologises for the post-war treatment of celebrated WWII code-breaker Alan Turing, who was chemically castrated for having homosexual relations. (Downing St) (CBC) (Reuters India) (The New York Times) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 11 Sep The search and rescue effort following the 2009 Sierra Leone shipwreck comes to end, with 90 confirmed dead and at least 100 others declared missing. (Reuters)
  • 12 Sep Police in the Madagascar capital Antananarivo disperse small groups of opposition supporters opposed to the administration of Andry Rajoelina. (IOL)
  • 13 Sep Russia announces that it will assist Venezuela in the building of a nuclear energy program.
  • 14 Sep American actor Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost) dies after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at age 57.
  • 15 Sep The Red-Green Coalition of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is elected for another term in the Norwegian parliamentary election. (Norway Post) (Financial Times)
  • 16 Sep New documents disclose that novelist J. R. R. Tolkien secretly trained as a spy for His Majesty's Government in the run up to World War II. (''The Daily Telegraph'')
  • 17 Sep A senior Irish Catholic bishop says Roman Catholics can vote ampquotYesampquot in the country's second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon ampquotin good conscienceampquot. (BBC)
  • 18 Sep The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.
  • 19 Sep A six-nation east African regional bloc consisting of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda urges global sanctions on Eritrea for backing Islamist rebels in neighbouring war-torn Somalia. (IOL)
  • 20 Sep ''Precious'' wins the People's Choice Award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. (CNN)
  • 21 Sep A trial against former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin, over the Clearstream affair, begins in Paris. (BBC) (RTÉ) (The Daily Telegraph) (The Guardian)
  • 22 Sep American Mesac Damas is extradited from Haiti to stand trial for the murders of his six family members in Florida, United States.NBC-2
  • 23 Sep The cities of Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia are covered by a dust storm, the worst in at least 70 years. Aviation in New South Wales is disrupted. (The Australian) (ABC News) (The Canberra Times)
  • 24 Sep The G20 summit begins in Pittsburgh with 30 global leaders in attendance. It marks the first use of LRAD in U.S. history.
  • 25 Sep U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a joint TV appearance for a G-20 summit, accused Iran of building a secret nuclear enrichment facility.
  • 26 Sep Second South America-Africa Summit (ASA) on Isla Margarita:
  • 27 Sep William Safire dies at age 79 in Rockville, Maryland, after suffering from pancreatic cancer; 30-year columnist for The New York Times, author of Political Dictionary, former speechwriter for Richard Nixon, Pulitzer Prize winner.
  • 28 Sep The US Mint releases the 2009 US Virgin Islands quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 29 Sep An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.
  • 30 Sep The US budget deficit hits a record US$1.4 trillion in the year to the end of September.
  • 01 Oct The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over the judicial functions of the House of Lords.
  • 02 Oct Voters in Ireland go to the polls for a second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. (''The Vancouver Sun'')
  • 03 Oct Treaty of Lisbon:
  • 04 Oct 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 The United States Federal Trade Commission issues regulations for writers of blogs. (Wired Magazine)
  • 06 Oct 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 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 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 First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program.
  • 10 Oct After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.
  • 11 Oct 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 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 The planned 200 million US$ rebuilding and expansion of Stockholm's central library, built by architect Gunnar Asplund, is cancelled. (SR)
  • 14 Oct 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 Treaty of Lisbon:
  • 16 Oct Voters in Botswana take part in a general election. (IOL) (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Oct Czech President Václav Klaus compares the Treaty of Lisbon to ampquotan unstoppable speeding trainampquot that he is being forced to sign. (BBC)
  • 18 Oct Yemen claims to have killed 18 Shia rebels in fighting in the north of the country. (Pro Kerala)
  • 19 Oct Charles Wesley Mumbere is crowned king of the Bakonjo people in the Rwenzururu district of Uganda. (NPR) (AP via Google)
  • 20 Oct European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.
  • 21 Oct 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 Sweden's Lutheran Church decides to conduct same-sex marriages, becoming the first major church to do so. (Reuters)
  • 23 Oct 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 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 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 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 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 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 The Haitian Senate votes to remove Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis. (AP via Google News)
  • 30 Oct 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 Niger's opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou returns to the country to face charges of money laundering. (IOL) (AFP)
  • 01 Nov US lender CIT Group files for bankruptcy protection, arranging with bondholders to reduce debt by US$10 billion. In its filing it showed US$71 billion in finance and leasing assets against total debt of US$64.9 billion, making this the fifth biggest in US corporate history.
  • 02 Nov A large blast occurs in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, killing at least 35. (Reuters via the New York Times)
  • 03 Nov After 29 years of decriminalized prostitution in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, Governor Donald Carcieri signs a bill into law outlawing prostitution. (Providence Journal)
  • 04 Nov Rebel Houthis in Yemen cross the border into Saudi Arabia, killing a Saudi security officer and injuring 11 others. (Angola Press) (The Times)
  • 05 Nov US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 30 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting at a US military installation.
  • 06 Nov A US Army major opens fire on fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, killing 13 people and injuring 30.
  • 07 Nov A British tourist is shot dead by a masked gunman in the U.S. state of Texas. (The Guardian) (BBC) (The Times)
  • 08 Nov Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tells the country's army and civilians to "prepare for war" with Colombia. (AP) (Xinhua)
  • 09 Nov World leaders mark the twentieth anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall, with the main celebrations taking place at the Brandenburg Gate. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle) (The Age) (Bangkok Post)
  • 10 Nov A power failure at Itaipu causes a massive blackout, affecting 15 states of Brazil and, briefly, the entire country of Paraguay chaos is reported in major cities such as São Paulo. (BBC)
  • 11 Nov At the Greensville Correctional Center in In Jarratt, Virginia, USA, John Allen Muhammad is executed by lethal injection. Muhannad was convicted of sniper shootings that killed 10 people and terrified the Washington, D.C., region in 2002.
  • 12 Nov The US Mint releases the 2009 Lincoln, Presidency cent to circulation.
  • 13 Nov NASA scientists announce that last month's experiment to find water on the Moon was a major success, revealing ice and water vapor in the debris field of smashing a rocket into a crater.
  • 14 Nov New Zealand qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1982, by defeating Bahrain in a playoff billed as ampquotthe biggest sporting event ever staged in New Zealandampquot and the country's most attended football match ever. (Arabnews)
  • 15 Nov The Metro Gold Line extension opens in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights after decades of planning. (''Los Angeles Times'')
  • 16 Nov Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia, apologises to the ampquotforgotten Australiansampquot raised in orphanages and foster homes during the twentieth century. (''The Australian'')
  • 17 Nov A prominent human rights campaigner for the Western Sahara region, Aminatou Haidar, who is on hunger strike at an airport in the Canary Islands, is to appear in a Spanish court on charges of public disorder. (Reuters) (AFP)
  • 18 Nov The France national football team beat the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, with Thierry Henry admitting after the game that he committed handball in the move leading to the decisive goal. (''The Daily Telegraph'')
  • 19 Nov The US Mint releases the 2009 Zachary Taylor Presidential dollar to circulation.
  • 20 Nov The Large Hadron Collider, the largest atom collider in the world, is restarted after a fourteen-month delay for repairs. (The Daily Telegraph) (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 21 Nov Protestors gather at the French Embassy in Dublin in a continuation of the dispute with FIFA over the controversial handball incident in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between France and Republic of Ireland. (RTÉ) (The Irish Times) (BBC)
  • 22 Nov An Algerian court acquits Abdulli Feghoul, who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay detention camp without trial for almost seven years. (AP) (BBC)
  • 23 Nov The Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines
  • 24 Nov An appeal court in Casablanca, Morocco, upholds a three year jail term against a human rights activist, Chahib Khayari, for ampquotoffending the authoritiesampquot after accusing top officials of being involved in drug networks. (IOL)
  • 25 Nov Irish floods: Water levels rise between Gort and Kinvara, the main Galway-Limerick road is partially impassable, water levels in Athlone reach 50cm over the highest level on record, Waterways Ireland describes water levels on the River Shannon as ampquotunmanageableampquot and says one third of Ireland's annual rain has so far fallen during November alone. (RTÉ)
  • 26 Nov Ireland's Taoiseach Brian Cowen is confronted by displeased residents in Athlone during his half-day tour of flood-hit areas in Galway, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath. (The Irish Times) (RTÉ)
  • 27 Nov A Russian high-speed passenger train traveling on the Moscow – Saint Petersburg Railway derails near Uglovka in a suspected terrorist attack, killing 26 people and injuring more than 100. (RIA Novosti) (BBC)
  • 28 Nov The death toll in a ferry accident in southern Bangladesh rises to 33. (Sify) (Press TV) (Bangkok Post)
  • 29 Nov Somali pirates capture the Greek-owned Maran Centaurus supertanker carrying oil from Saudi Arabia to the US.
  • 30 Nov The US Mint releases the 2009 Northern Mariana Islands quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 01 Dec US President Barack Obama announces an additional 30,000 U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan, over the coming summer and fall.
  • 02 Dec FIFA, the world governing body for association football, announce after an emergency session of their Executive Committee, that following the controversy over the Thierry Henry handball incident, it will set up an inquiry into the use of extra officials or technology, but any changes will not be implemented for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Wikinews
  • 03 Dec The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures deposits in United States commercial banks, is running a deficit of $US8.2 billion. (New York Times)
  • 04 Dec US Marines and Afghan troops launch Operation Cobra's Anger in northern Helmand province. (Bloomberg)
  • 05 Dec CNN issues an apology to ''The Irish Times'' after accusing the newspaper of publishing fake nude photographs of the world's number one golfer Tiger Woods. CNN also alleged ''The Irish Times'' had paid damages as a result. (''The Irish Times'')
  • 06 Dec Flamengo wins its sixth Brazilian national football title, following a 2-1 win over Grêmio in the last round of 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. (Globo)
  • 07 Dec Pakistan’s Raffatullah Momand and Aamer Sajjad set a new world record for a second wicket partnership scoring 580 runs in a first-class Quaid-i-Azam Trophy match, breaking the previous record of 576 held by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama.(Dawn)(Cricinfo)
  • 08 Dec Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.
  • 09 Dec An unexplained spiral light seen in the sky across large parts of Northern Norway confounds spectators. Authorities speculate that the light could come from a misfired Russian rocket, but Russian authorities deny this. (Daily Mail) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 10 Dec The credit rating of Greece is downgraded, leading to increased pessimism regarding the Greek economy. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
  • 12 Dec Annise Parker is elected Mayor of Houston, which becomes the largest United States city with an openly gay person elected mayor. (CBS News) (New York Times)
  • 13 Dec Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair states in an interview that he would have gone to war in Iraq even if he had known that it had no weapons of mass destruction. (The Times) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 14 Dec The Group of 77 (including China, India, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) suspends participation in treaty negotiations at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, citing the unwillingness of developed nations to live up to the Kyoto Protocol and what they view as a lack of open negotiations. (BBC) (AP)
  • 15 Dec US television evangelist Oral Roberts dies in Newport Beach, California at age 91 from complications from pneumonia.
  • 16 Dec Mexican drug lord Arturo Beltrán Leyva, leader of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, is killed by personnel of the Mexican Navy during a shootout in Cuernavaca, Morelos. (''The Times'')
  • 17 Dec MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
  • 18 Dec The UN climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, ends with a only compromise climate deal, and a vow to work out the details later. Leaders of the following countries sign on to the deal: Canada, USA, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. The agreement offers money to developing nations to help them fight global warming. The agreement is not binding and does not set new greenhouse-gas reduction targets.
  • 19 Dec The North American blizzard of 2009 produces record snowfall, causing power outages, deaths, and impacting retail sales. (The Weather Channel) (BBC)
  • 20 Dec Tanzania is hit by an earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude. (Xinhua) (Press TV)
  • 21 Dec A police officer in Washington, D.C, draws a gun during a snowball fight. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec The US White House appoints former eBay and Microsoft executive Howard Schmidt as its cybersecurity chief.
  • 23 Dec Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Jim Moriarty resigns, the second bishop to do so following the publication of the Murphy Report. (RTÉ) (BBC) (Bangkok Post)
  • 24 Dec The Barack Obama administration pledges to back mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac up to US$810 billion during 2010, up from the current US$200 billion, no matter how big their losses may be in the next three years.
  • 25 Dec A Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, tries to ignite powder and liquid explosives on Northwest Airlines plane Flight 253 from Nigeria via Amsterdam as it is preparing to land in Detroit. The man is subdued and the plane lands safely with no injuries.
  • 26 Dec A bomb squad in Reykjavik, Iceland, searches a diverted Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, United States, that carries a bag whose owner did not make it onto the plane. (Reuters)
  • 27 Dec A consortium led by Korea Electric Power gets a US$20.4-billion contract to build nuclear power plants in the United Arab Emirates, the largest-ever energy deal in the Middle East. (The Wall Street Journal) (Korea Times)
  • 28 Dec 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims are observing the Day of Ashura.
  • 29 Dec The Sudanese parliament approves legislation for a referendum on the independence of South Sudan. (BBC News)
  • 30 Dec The U.S. Treasury injects another US$3.8 billion into GMAC Financial Services to help cover mortgage losses, making the government the majority owner (56.3 percent) of the company.
  • 31 Dec A High Court in Malaysia rules that the country's Christians have a constitutional right to use the word ''Allah'' in reference to God, declaring the government's ban on the use of ''Allah'' by non-Muslims as unconstitutional. (''BBC News'')