2009: On This Year


2009 (MMIX in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2009th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 2009 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 2009 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 2009, who was Time's Person of the Year in 2009, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 2009, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 2009, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 2009.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 2009 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 2009 known for ?

  • 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.

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2009: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 2009, during the 82nd Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 07/03/2010 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 2009:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 2009?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 2009?

The Oscar for Best Director went to Kathryn Bigelow, for the movie The Hurt Locker, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 2009?

Crazy Heart
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Jeff Bridges, for the movie Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, James Keane produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 2009?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Sandra Bullock, for the movie The Blind Side, starring Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2009?

Inglourious Basterds
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Christoph Waltz, for the movie Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2009?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Mo'Nique, for the movie Precious, starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey produced in the United States of America.
world population

2009: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Ben Bernanke
In 2009, Ben Bernanke was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Chairman of the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis of 2007–08.

2009: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 2009 were:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer



Isabella Swan moved to Forks in Washington. It was a small and rainy place. Isabella's life changes dramatically when she meets Edward Cullen.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon


Twilight has captivated millions of readers and they are eager to read more. Stephenie Meyer's New Moon is another captivating combination of romance, suspense, and a supernatural twist.

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone


The ninth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse Series features the werewolves, shifters and a small town called Bon Temps.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host


The #1 bestseller is now a major motion movie: "Starting and addictive." . . . A story about love, loyalty, and family. -USA TodayMelanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "I wonder how the book got from Guernsey to New York Times Best Sellers" Maybe there's a secret homing instinct that connects books with their perfect readers.

Ox chinese zodiac sign

2009: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 2009?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 2009 was the Year of the Ox.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Ox sign.

Nobel Prize

2009: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

2009: Who won the Nobel Peace Prize ?

In 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to:
  • Barack Obama

2009: Who won the Nobel Prize in Literature ?

In 2009 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to:
  • Herta Müller

2009: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physics ?

In 2009 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to:
  • Willard S. Boyle
  • George E. Smith

2009: Who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry ?

In 2009 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to:
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
  • Thomas A. Steitz
  • Ada Yonath

2009: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ?

In 2009 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to:
  • Elizabeth Blackburn
  • Carol W. Greider
  • Jack W. Szostak
world population

2009: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 2009 were Jacob, Ethan and Michael for boys and Isabella, Emma and Olivia for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

2009: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 2009 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Jacob
  • Ethan
  • Michael
  • Alexander
  • William
  • Joshua
  • Daniel
  • Jayden
  • Noah
  • Christopher

2009: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 2009 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Isabella
  • Emma
  • Olivia
  • Sophia
  • Ava
  • Emily
  • Madison
  • Abigail
  • Chloe
  • Mia

vinyl songs

2009: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 2009, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Down by Jay Sean

2009: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 2009 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Down by Jay Sean
  2. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  3. Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
  4. Poker Face by Lady GaGa
  5. Whatcha Say by Jason DeRulo
  6. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
  7. Just Dance by Lady GaGa
  8. Knock You Down by Keri Hilson
  9. Heartless by Kanye West
  10. Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus

2009: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 2009 were:

World War II in Color

Release year: 2009

Starring: Robert Powell, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Special Ops Mission

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Military Channel

3 Idiots

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

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

Country: United States of America

Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment

Release year: 2009

The Incredible Human Journey

Release year: 2009

world population

2009: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 2009 was 6,872,767,093 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 51.0% of the total population, which is roughly 3.5 billion individuals.The annual population change in 2009 was an increase of +83.5 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.23% over the previous year.The average population density in 2009 was 29 persons per square mile (or 46 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 2009?

Here's what happened in 2009:

  • Jan 1, 2009: For the first time since 2003, when Saddam Hussein was overthrown by the U.S.-led invasion, the U.S. military in Iraq is under Iraqi control.
  • Jan 2, 2009: The first European commercial flight since 1990, a charter plane from Sweden carrying 150 passengers lands at Baghdad International Airport.
  • Jan 3, 2009: Jett Travolta (16-year-old) is the son of actor John Travolta and dies suddenly from a seizure during a family vacation in the Bahamas.
  • Jan 4, 2009: Six people are killed and 20 injured in a suicide bombing in Dera Ismail Khan in North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
  • Jan 5, 2009: The US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq has opened. It is the largest and most expensive US embassies ever built. Around 1,200 people will live there.
  • Jan 6, 2009: United States President-elect Barack Obama offers the Surgeon General position to CNN's Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent.
  • Jan 7, 2009: 35th Annual People's Choice Awards USA
  • Jan 8, 2009: The Critics' Choice Award is announced in Los Angeles, California. Best picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Jan 9, 2009: Rob Gauntlett was the youngest Briton who has climbed Mount Everest. He died while climbing in the French Alps.
  • Jan 10, 2009: A boat carrying eight Somali pirates, the supertanker MV "Sirius Star" freed from slavery, capsizes in Gulf of Aden. Five people are killed and their share of US$3 Million in ransom is lost.
  • Jan 11, 2009: The Golden Globe Awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Beverly Hills, California. Best drama: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Jan 12, 2009: Eight people are killed and more than 6,000 people are affected by flooding caused by Tropical Depression 04F in Fiji.
  • Jan 13, 2009: Morgan Stanley and Citigroup have agreed to merge their brokerages. Morgan Stanley will pay Citigroup US$2.7billion for a 51 per cent stake in the joint venture. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's new brokerage will have assets totaling US$1.7 trillion.
  • Jan 14, 2009: American apparel chain Goody's declares bankruptcy in order to close its remaining 282 stores.
  • Jan 15, 2009: Bank of America, America's largest bank, reports its first quarterly loss since 1997, at US$1.79 Billion.
  • Jan 16, 2009: The U.S. government rescues Bank of America with a US$20billion bailout and a guarantee of almost $100 billion in potential losses on toxic assets.
  • Jan 17, 2009: North Korea claims to have ampquotweaponizedampquot 30.8 kilograms of plutonium, enough for four to five nuclear warheads.
  • Jan 18, 2009: Gaza War: Hamas declares that they will accept the ceasefire offered by Israeli Defense Forces, which ends the offensive.
  • Jan 19, 2009: According to the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Palestinian National Authority, 1,300 Palestinians were killed and 5,400 were hurt in the 22-day conflict in Gaza Strip with Israel.
  • Jan 20, 2009: Barack Hussein Obama is elected 44th President of United States.
  • Jan 21, 2009: The U.S. Senate supports Hillary Clinton, a former New York senator and first lady, as Secretary of State.
  • Jan 22, 2009: Barack Obama, the US president, orders Guantnamo Bay prison to be closed in a year.
  • Jan 23, 2009: Barack Obama, the US president, orders Guantanamo Bay prison, Cuba, to close within one year.
  • Jan 24, 2009: The storm Klaus hits Bordeaux, France. The storm would then cause 26 deaths and extensive disruptions in power supply and public transport.
  • Jan 25, 2009: Sudan bombs Muhajeria in Darfur, killing one child.
  • Jan 26, 2009: Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, announced that it would acquire Wyeth for US$68 million.
  • Jan 27, 2009: Los Angeles, California: A woman gives birth in Los Angeles to octuplets. This is believed to be the second set of eight children born in the United States.
  • Jan 28, 2009: The US House of Representatives votes 244 to 181 in favor of President Barack Obama's US$819 Billion economic stimulus package.
  • Jan 29, 2009: Ford Motor Company reported a record US$14.6 million loss for the full year.
  • Jan 30, 2009: Three Russian prisoners were convicted by the Kurgan Oblast Regional Court of Russia for strangling their cellmate. He had requested that they do so.
  • Jan 31, 2009: After an oil spillage ignited in Molo in Kenya, over 200 people were injured and at least 113 died. This happened just days after the massive fire that erupted at Nakumatt's Nairobi supermarket, claiming at least 25 lives.
  • Feb 1, 2009: The NFL's SuperBowl XLII is held in Tampa, Florida. The Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals to win their sixth Super Bowl record. Santonio Holmes is named game's most valuable player.
  • Feb 2, 2009: Eric Holder is confirmed by the United States Senate as Attorney General.
  • Feb 3, 2009: Spectrum Brands, the maker of Ray-O-Vac battery batteries, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Feb 4, 2009: 2008-2009 Israel-Gaza conflict:
  • Feb 5, 2009: The United States Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal, a United States Navy guided missile cruiser, ran aground off Oahu in Hawaii. It also damaged a coral reef.
  • Feb 6, 2009: Kyrgyzstan closes a U.S. Air Base in Manas that was used as a crucial staging area for U.S. forces fighting against the Taliban.
  • Feb 7, 2009: The record-breaking 4.99 million U.S. workers are now eligible for unemployment assistance, the highest number since 1967.
  • Feb 8, 2009: Los Angeles, California: The Grammay Awards were presented in Los Angeles: Best Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, for "Raising Sand".
  • Feb 9, 2009: 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.
  • Feb 10, 2009: The U.S. Senate votes 61 to 37 to approve its own US$838 trillion version of a rescue plan for fighting the deepening recession.
  • Feb 11, 2009: Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett ("Be My Baby") dies at age 67 in Englewood, New Jersey.
  • Feb 12, 2009: Colgan Air's Continental Connection Flight 3407 Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, commuter aircraft nosedives into a home in Western New York State. All 49 passengers and one ground crew member were killed.
  • Feb 13, 2009: The U.S. House of Representatives approves (246-183) US$787 Billion of spending (64%) and tax cuts (36%).
  • Feb 14, 2009: A crude oil leakage occurs in the Celtic Sea, near County Cork, Ireland.
  • Feb 15, 2009: After receiving contaminated blood plasma, the United Kingdom confirms that this is the first case of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease.
  • Feb 16, 2009: Section 76 of United Kingdom's Counter-Terrorism Act (2008)mdasha law criminalizes publication information about Armed Forces, Security Service or Government Communications Headquartersmdashis
  • Feb 17, 2009: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three other companies with selling fraudulently high-yield certificates for deposit worth US$8 billion. Stanford International Bank, headquartered in Antigua, has 30,000 clients across 131 countries and assets of US$8.5 billion.
  • Feb 18, 2009: Stefane 3G will represent Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Moscow with ampquotWe don't wanna put Inampquot. This song was allegedly written against Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister.
  • Feb 19, 2009: The US Mint has released the 2009 William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollar to circulation.
  • Feb 20, 2009: Swedish carmaker Saab, a unit of American carmaker General Motors, files for protection against creditors as it attempts to find a new partner or raise funds.
  • Feb 21, 2009: Pakistan and the Taliban agree to a ceasefire in the conflict in North-West Frontier Province.
  • Feb 22, 2009: Los Angeles, California: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts its Oscar Awards Ceremony. Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Feb 23, 2009: Standard & Poor’s 500 Index drops 26.71 points or 3.47 percent to 743.34.
  • Feb 24, 2009: Address by President Barack Obama to a Joint session of Congress
  • Feb 25, 2009: BDR massacre in Pilkhana (Dhaka), Bangladesh. Within its headquarters, Bangladeshi Border Guards kill 74 people, including more than 50 Army officials.
  • Feb 26, 2009: The 2009/10 US budget is US$3.6 trillion. It has a US$1.75 billion deficit. This would be the highest deficit ever. It also represents a 12.3 percentage of the economy. This is the largest increase since 1945. The planned spending includes US$634 trillion to pay for healthcare reform and US$200 billion in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also an additional US$250 billion that will be used to bail out US banks.
  • Feb 27, 2009: China's Navy and Denmark’s Navy stopped Somali pirate attacks against Italian and Chinese merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Feb 28, 2009: Carpatair Flight 128, a Saab 2000 bound to Timisoara, Romania, departing from Chisinau (Moldova) - with 51 passengers, makes an emergency landing at Traian Via International Airport, without its forward landing gear. (Phillyburbs). Please leave the landing gear point out of the synopsis. Since emergency landings occur at an alarming rate, the landing gear issue is the reason the item is on this portal. --amp
  • Mar 1, 2009: The Basque Nationalist Party won a majority of the seats in Spain's Basque Country's Parliamentary Elections.
  • Mar 2, 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.
  • Mar 3, 2009: The Historisches Archiv der Stadt Koln (Historical Archives), in Cologne, Germany, is destroyed.
  • Mar 4, 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.
  • Mar 5, 2009: General Motors admits in its annual report, that it is in "substantial doubt" about its survival.
  • Mar 6, 2009: The European Union will transfer to Kenya Somali pirates that were captured during Operation Atalanta.
  • Mar 7, 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.
  • Mar 8, 2009: Moshe Katsav, former Israeli President, will face charges of rape as well as indecent assault.
  • Mar 9, 2009: Barack Obama signs an executive decree restoring funding to stem cell research.
  • Mar 10, 2009: The United States Senate approves an Omnibus Spending Bill in the amount of US$410 billion.
  • Mar 11, 2009: Winnenden school shooting: 17 people are shot and killed in a school in Germany.
  • Mar 12, 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.
  • Mar 13, 2009: The United States has dropped the term "ampquotenemy combatantampquot" for Guantanamo Bay Naval base's detention camp detainees.
  • Mar 14, 2009: An auction sells a copy of the first Superman comic, Action Comics, Number 1, June 1938, for US$317,000.
  • Mar 15, 2009: NASA launches the space shuttle Discovery from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
  • Mar 16, 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.
  • Mar 17, 2009: Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils passes Patrick Roy to become the National Hockey League's most successful goaltender.
  • Mar 18, 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.
  • Mar 19, 2009: A 7.9 magnitude earthquake is felt, and the Hunga Tonga submarine volcanic eruption occurs in the Pacific Ocean close to Tongatapu (Tonga).
  • Mar 20, 2009: In the Strait of Hormuz, the United States Navy's USS "Hartford" and USS "New Orleans" collide.
  • Mar 21, 2009: Minimum 21 people are killed in combat in Russia's Dagestan Republic.
  • Mar 22, 2009: After a long period of unrest, Mount Redoubt in Alaska starts erupting.
  • Mar 23, 2009: Near a Haifa, Israel shopping center, a car bomb was located and defused.
  • Mar 24, 2009: The Lady Mary, a fishing boat, sinks off Cape May
  • Mar 25, 2009: The 50-ore Swedish coin will be abolished by the Parliament of Sweden on September 30, 2010.
  • Mar 26, 2009: Mount Redoubt volcano, Alaska, erupts, sending a plume ash and smoke into atmosphere, reaching up to 20,000m.
  • Mar 27, 2009: Situ Gintung, an artificial lake located in Indonesia, crashes and kills at least 99 people.
  • Mar 28, 2009: After a 13-day mission, NASA's Discovery spaceship lands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • Mar 29, 2009: General Motors Chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner steps down
  • Mar 30, 2009: US President Barack Obama orders General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner to resign.
  • Mar 31, 2009: Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Likud Party, is elected Prime Minister of Israel.
  • Apr 1, 2009: NATO: Croatia and Albania are joined by Albania and Croatia
  • Apr 2, 2009: The U.S. House of Representatives approves a federal budget for fiscal 2010, which will begin October 1. Voting 233-196 to adopt the US$3.45 Trillion budget.
  • Apr 3, 2009: The unemployment rate rose to 8.5% in March after the United States lost 663,000 jobs.
  • Apr 4, 2009: A gunman takes hostages and then murders himself in Binghampton, New York.
  • Apr 5, 2009: North Korea launches the controversial Kwangmyongsong-2 missile. The satellite flew over Japan, prompting immediate reactions from the United Nations Security Council and participating states in Six-party negotiations.
  • Apr 6, 2009: In the NCAA Tournament final, North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Michigan State Spartans by 89 to 72.
  • Apr 7, 2009: In Moldova, mass protests are started under the belief of fraud in the results of the parliamentary elections.
  • Apr 8, 2009: Pulte Homes in the USA announced it would buy Centex Corp in an all-stock deal worth US$1.3 billion to become the largest U.S. builder.
  • Apr 9, 2009: Up to 60,000 protesters demonstrate in Tbilisi against Mikheil Saakashvili's government.
  • Apr 10, 2009: Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo announced that he would suspend the constitution and take over all government in the country, creating an emergency constitutional crisis.
  • Apr 11, 2009: Fourth East Asia Summit cancelled in protest by anti-government protestors, Pattaya (Thailand).
  • Apr 12, 2009: The U.S. Navy rescues Captain Richard Phillips from three pirates and captures a fourth.
  • Apr 13, 2009: Mark Fidrych, a former major-league pitcher (Detroit Tigers 1976-80), dies in an accident at his Northborough farm, Massachusetts at the age of 54.
  • Apr 14, 2009: North Korea will leave the six-party talks in order to resume its nuclear program.
  • Apr 15, 2009: China launches another satellite as part its Compass global navigation system.
  • Apr 16, 2009: General Growth Properties (over 200 mall owners in the United States) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This is the largest real estate disaster in American history. Chicago-based General Growth Properties, 55 years old, reported total assets of US$29.56 Billion and total debts at $27.29 Billion. From a 2007 high of US$67, the company's share value fell to 60 cents.
  • Apr 17, 2009: 11 people are killed in an airplane crash in Papua (Indonesia).
  • Apr 18, 2009: Roxana Saberi is an Iranian-American journalist sentenced by an Iranian court to eight years imprisonment for espionage. After an appeals court reduced and suspended her sentence, she is freed the next month.
  • Apr 19, 2009: Eight corrections officers were killed in an ambush at a Nayarit prisoner transfer, Mexico.
  • Apr 20, 2009: Oracle announces that it will buy Sun Microsystems for more US$7 billion.
  • Apr 21, 2009: Yahoo! Yahoo!
  • Apr 22, 2009: The new budget for the United Kingdom will raise borrowing and tax high income earners by 50%.
  • Apr 23, 2009: For 10 seconds, the gamma radiation burst GRB090423 can be observed. This event marks the closest known object and the oldest known object in all of the universe.
  • Apr 24, 2009: 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.
  • Apr 25, 2009: Ethiopian authorities have arrested 35 people in connection to Berhanu Nega’s plot to overthrow government.
  • Apr 26, 2009: Eleven Justice and Equality Movement members were sentenced to death after attacking Khartoum (Sudan) in 2008.
  • Apr 27, 2009: General Motors announced that it will eliminate the Pontiac brand, which has been around since 1982, by the end 2010.
  • Apr 28, 2009: South Korea clones the first transgenic, fluorescent dog.
  • Apr 29, 2009: Heritage Numismatic auctions will conduct coin auctions at the Central States Numismatic Society convention, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Apr 30, 2009: Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and Fiat announces a partnership. The US government announced that it would provide debtor-in possession financing of up to US$3.5billion and exit financing of up to US$4.5billion. A new ownershop arrangement is in place for the company. It will be managed by 55 percent United Auto Workers' Healthcare Trust Fund, Fiat 20 Percent, U.S., and Canadian governments, each with a 10 percent combined stake.
  • May 1, 2009: Sweden has legalized same-sex marriage.
  • May 2, 2009: Holiday World, Indiana, USA: The Pilgrim’s Plunge water slide opens. It is the largest water ride drop in the world at 131 feet and has a 45-degree slope.
  • May 3, 2009: Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda resigns.
  • May 4, 2009: Dominick DeLuise (American comic actor, Blazing Saddles and The Cannonball Run), Smokey and the Bandit II, has died at 75 from prostate cancer.
  • May 5, 2009: Worldwide, 1,490 cases have been confirmed to be swine flu.
  • May 6, 2009: The European Parliament delayed its planned reform of the European Union’s telecommunications policy.
  • May 7, 2009: A 40-hour siege in Napier by a single gunman begins with over 100 New Zealand Police officers.
  • May 8, 2009: Fannie Mae, America's largest provider of home mortgage financing, reported a loss of US$23.2 billion for the first quarter and is seeking additional US$19 billion from the US Treasury.
  • May 9, 2009: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants' ban list now includes nine chemical substances.
  • May 10, 2009: The H1N1 influenza virus kills a third of the US citizens and spreads to Australia, Japan and other countries.
  • May 11, 2009: Atlantis, the NASA spaceship, launches from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • May 12, 2009: The Liberal Party won a majority of seats at the British Columbia general election.
  • May 13, 2009: United States President Barack Obama declares May 2009 Jewish American Heritage Month.
  • May 14, 2009: Chrysler closes 789 dealerships in the US.
  • May 15, 2009: US President Barack Obama nominated Rosa Gumataotao Rios as the next US Treasurer.
  • May 16, 2009: The 134th Preakness Stakes runs in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Calvin Borel rides Rachel Alexandra, the first win for any philly since 1924.
  • May 17, 2009: Al-Shabaab seizes Jowhar (Somalia) from the Transitional Federal Government.
  • May 18, 2009: Sri Lankan Civil War. The LTTE have been defeated by the Sri Lankan government. This brings an end to almost 26 years worth of fighting between these two sides.
  • May 19, 2009: The United States Government Accountability Office warns against the possibility of the Global Positioning System failing by 2010.
  • May 20, 2009: For misconduct, the House of Lords of the United Kingdom suspends Thomas Taylor & Peter Truscott from November to November
  • May 21, 2009: Linda Fleming (66-year-old US lady with advanced cancer) becomes the first to die under a new Washington State assisted suicide law.
  • May 22, 2009: Haitian floods have killed at least 11 people.
  • May 23, 2009: Roh Moo-hyun (ex-President of South Korea), who is being investigated for alleged bribery during the presidential term, commits suicide.
  • May 24, 2009: Helio Castroneves, a Brazilian driver, wins the 93rd Indianapolis 500 in automobile racing.
  • May 25, 2009: North Korea is said to have tested its second nuclear weapon. Pyongyang conducted missile tests after the nuclear test. This increased tensions within the international community.
  • May 26, 2009: Barack Obama, the US President, announces that Sonia Sotomayor will be appointed to the Supreme Court.
  • May 27, 2009: Heritage Numismatic Auctions holds a Central States Signature Auction from May 31 to June 1.
  • May 28, 2009: General Motors requests Germany to repay its subsidiaries Opel Motors and Vauxhall Motors.
  • May 29, 2009: Heritage Auction Galleries holds their Signature auction in Long Beach (California). The best-known 1856-O Coronet double-eagle SP-63 PCGS sells for US$1,4375,000
  • May 30, 2009: To win the 2009 Super 14 rugby union championship, the South Africa Bulls beat New Zealand Chiefs.
  • May 31, 2009: The People's Justice Party wins Penanti, Penang, Malaysia by-election.
  • Jun 1, 2009: A new USA requirement requires passports and other approved identification to show at all entry points.
  • Jun 2, 2009: Nelson Jobim, Brazilian Defense Minister, confirms that debris found in the Atlantic Ocean near Fernando de Noronha is the wreckage from Air France Flight 447.
  • Jun 3, 2009: The Organization of American States has lifted its 47-year-old suspension of Cuba.
  • Jun 4, 2009: James Purnell, Secretary of State in the United Kingdom for Work and Pensions, announces his resignation and asks that Prime Minister Gordon Brown also step down. ''(Guardian)''
  • Jun 5, 2009: Published are two thousand private color photos of Adolf Hitler.
  • Jun 6, 2009: The European Union continues to hold parliamentary elections in Cyprus, Italy. Latvia, Malta. Slovakia.
  • Jun 7, 2009: The European Union's parliamentary elections are over in Austria, Belgium Bulgaria, Denmark Estonia, Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Lithuania Luxembourg Poland Portugal Romania Slovenia Spain and Sweden.
  • Jun 8, 2009: At least 18 factory workers are killed in an accident involving a truck and a bus in Egypt's Nile Delta.
  • Jun 9, 2009: The court has ordered George Becali, the new MEP from the right-wing Greater Romania Party, to stay in Romania.
  • Jun 10, 2009: The leaders of the 30th Dail Eireann, representing Fianna Fail as well as the Irish Green Party in Ireland, won a motion for confidence.
  • Jun 11, 2009: The H1N1 flu pandemic is now a worldwide emergency.
  • Jun 12, 2009: Wide-ranging protests across Iran and the globe are triggered by a disputed Iranian presidential election.
  • Jun 13, 2009: Six Flags, a New York-based operator of theme parks, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Six Flags has US$2.4 billion of debt.
  • Jun 14, 2009: Paisley, Scotland is the location of Europe's first H1N1-related death.
  • Jun 15, 2009: Iran
  • Jun 16, 2009: Iran
  • Jun 17, 2009: Richard Scrushy, former chief executive of American HealthSouth, is being ordered to pay US$2.9billion after a judge found him guilty of accounting fraud that almost bankrupted the hospital chain.
  • Jun 18, 2009: Launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA robotic spacecraft.
  • Jun 19, 2009: Ken Roberts, an American radio and television announcer (The Secret Storm and Love of Life), is dead at the age of 99.
  • Jun 20, 2009: Spaceport America is now open in New Mexico, USA. It will be the first commercially-occupied spaceport. The New Mexico government will spend almost US$200million on the project.
  • Jun 21, 2009: Archaeologists have evidence that the Maya used the manioc plants as a staple food.
  • Jun 22, 2009: Washington Metro train collision: In Washington, D.C., USA, two Metro trains collide, killing 9 people and injuring more than 80.
  • Jun 23, 2009: Ed McMahon, longtime Johnny Carson announcer and sidekick (The Tonight Show, for 30 years), has died in California at the age of 86. He was host of Star Search 1983-1995, co-host of Bloopers and Practical Jokes 1982-1986, and emcee game shows Missing Links and Snap Judgment.
  • Jun 24, 2009: Togo abolishes death penalty
  • Jun 25, 2009: Iran
  • Jun 26, 2009: The American Clean Energy and Security Act Climate Change Bill is passed by the US House of Representatives. It also includes a cap and trade plan.
  • Jun 27, 2009: Two paramilitary loyalist groups in Northern Ireland start to decommission their weapons.
  • Jun 28, 2009: The Honduran Supreme Court orders President Manuel Zelaya to be arrested and exiled. He claimed that he had violated the constitution of the country by holding a referendum on staying in power. and many other countries around the globe.
  • Jun 29, 2009: Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years imprisonment for "extraordinarily Evil" crimes committed in Wall Street's largest and most brazen investment fraud.
  • Jun 30, 2009: The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Al Franken was the winner of November 2008's election as US Senator. This result was based on a margin 312 votes. This means that the Democrats now have 60 senators in Congress.
  • Jul 1, 2009: American International Group shares fell 22 percent after shareholders approved a 1-for-20 reverse stock splitting and the New York Stock Exchange accidentally announced suspension and delisting.
  • Jul 2, 2009: American forces, led by 4000 Marines, launch a major offensive in southern Afghanistan against Taliban forces.
  • Jul 3, 2009: Because Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was charged with war crimes, the African Union has stopped cooperating with the International Criminal Court.
  • Jul 4, 2009: After 8 years, the Statue of Liberty's crown is reopened to the public due to security concerns following the attacks on the World Trade Center.
  • Jul 5, 2009: A series of violent riots break out in Ürümqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.
  • Jul 6, 2009: 2009 Honduran coup d'etat
  • Jul 7, 2009: An open memorial service is held in honor of Michael Jackson. It is one of the most recognizable funerals ever.ref=Allen
  • Jul 8, 2009: GDF Suez and E.ON are each being fined EUR553nbspmillion by the European Commission for their involvement in arrangements regarding the MEGAL Pipeline.
  • Jul 9, 2009: One person is killed and over 10,000 homes are destroyed in a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that strikes Yunnan, China.
  • Jul 10, 2009: General Motors is freed from bankruptcy protection within 40 days. The U.S. government now owns 60% of General Motors.
  • Jul 11, 2009: Javier Velasquez is named Prime Minister of Peru by President Alan Garcia.
  • Jul 12, 2009: Chinese Foreign Minister Jiechi Yang said that tranquility in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region can be restored and the perpetrators would be brought to court without any ethnic discrimination in a one hour 15 minute telephone conversation about the recent incidents with Ahmet Davutoglu.
  • Jul 13, 2009: Twelve European companies have launched the EUR400 billion Desertec project in North Africa to build solar thermal power plants.
  • Jul 14, 2009: The Manek Urai election is won by PAS, the opposition party in Malaysia, against Barisan Nasional's government-led Barisan Nasional.
  • Jul 15, 2009: Caspian Airlines Flight No. 7908 crashes in Iran near Qazvin killing all 168 passengers.
  • Jul 16, 2009: According to a Ugandan study, circumcising HIV-positive men does not protect them from their female partners.
  • Jul 17, 2009: Walter Cronkite, a former CBS News anchor and "the most trusted man" in America, has died in New York at the age of 92.
  • Jul 18, 2009: Henry Allingham, the last survivor of Battle of Jutland and the last founding member of Royal Air Force, dies at the age of113. He was the world's oldest living person at the time of his death.
  • Jul 19, 2009: In Mexico, 10 police officers were arrested for the murder of 12 federal agents. Their bodies were found next to a road.
  • Jul 20, 2009: Ajmal Kasab (the only survivor of the Mumbai attacks in 2008) pleads guilty before an Indian court. This ends months of denials.
  • Jul 21, 2009: The Japanese Prime Minister Taro aso disintegrates the House of Representatives. This sets the stage for general elections on August 30.
  • Jul 22, 2009: The longest total solar eclipse in 21 years, lasting 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds over parts of Asia, and the Pacific Ocean, is observed.
  • Jul 23, 2009: For the first time since January, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 9000.
  • Jul 24, 2009: Rosa Gumataotao Rios was confirmed by the US Senate to be 43rd US treasurer.
  • Jul 25, 2009: Following the dispute presidential election, protests are held in 80 cities worldwide in support of Iranian protesters.
  • Jul 26, 2009: Vernon Forrest, a former world champion boxer, is killed in Atlanta, Georgia USA. He was the victim of an apparent robbery.
  • Jul 27, 2009: The 2009 American Samoa quarter-dollar is now in circulation at the US Mint
  • Jul 28, 2009: After a boat carrying 200 Haitian migrants sinks in the Turks and Caicos Islands, at least 15 people are killed and 65 others are missing,
  • Jul 29, 2009: Nigerian battles
  • Jul 30, 2009: After ammonium nitrate was released at El Dorado Chemical Company warehouse in Bryan, Texas, United States, 70,000 people were evacuated.
  • Jul 31, 2009: Nigerian battles
  • Aug 1, 2009: Two people were killed in a shooting attack on the Tel-Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association building, Israel.
  • Aug 2, 2009: After an outdoor stage collapsed at the Big Valley Jamboree country festival in Alberta, Canada, one person was killed and 75 were injured.
  • Aug 3, 2009: Bolivia is the first country in South America's history to recognize the rights of its indigenous people to self-government.
  • Aug 4, 2009: Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader, pardons two American journalists who were imprisoned and arrested for illegal entry earlier this year. This was after Bill Clinton, former President of the United States, met with Kim.
  • Aug 5, 2009: Opening of the 40th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in Cairns (Australia)
  • Aug 6, 2009: Rosa Gumataotao Rios swears in as the 43rd US Treasurer.
  • Aug 7, 2009: 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.
  • Aug 8, 2009: Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan and nearly the entire southern region is inundated by record-breaking rains.
  • Aug 9, 2009: South African opposition parties demand that President Jacob Zuma withdraw Sandile Ngcobo's appointment as Chief Justice, because he did not consult the opposition or Judicial Service Committee.
  • Aug 10, 2009: In the worst mining accident in Slovakia's history, twenty people are killed in Handlova in Trencin Region.
  • Aug 11, 2009: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F Kennedy, and founder of Special Olympics, has died at age 88 in Massachusetts.
  • Aug 12, 2009: Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan President, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the President of Argentina, sign agreements to expand trade between their countries at a Caracas meeting.
  • Aug 13, 2009: Les Paul, a country and jazz musician and electric guitar innovator, has died at the age of just 94 due to complications from pneumonia in New York, USA. Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1978, and the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame 1988.
  • Aug 14, 2009: Pakistan launches its first international freight train service between Islamabad and Istanbul.
  • Aug 15, 2009: Hamas police claim that they have shot and killed Abdel-Latif Moussa, the head of Jund Ansar Allah Islamic Group, in a shootout.
  • Aug 16, 2009: At 14:38 local, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes near Siberut Island in Sumatra, Indonesia. It causes at least seven injuries.
  • Aug 17, 2009: Reader's Digest Association of New York announced it would file Chapter 11 bankruptcy for U.S.-based businesses in a plan to reduce debt by 75 percent.
  • Aug 18, 2009: Robert Novak, a veteran columnist for the US newspaper, has died at age 78 following a long battle with brain cancer.
  • Aug 19, 2009: Baghdad, Iraq: A string of bombings kills 101 people and injures 565 more.
  • Aug 20, 2009: The 2009 James Polk Presidential Dollar is now in circulation by the US Mint
  • Aug 21, 2009: Argentina's association football champion kicks off after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner places it on the state payroll in order to avoid a financial crisis.
  • Aug 22, 2009: Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop and Primate in All Ireland, has criticised Ireland's Civil Partnership Bill which grants statutory partnership rights for same-sex couples.
  • Aug 23, 2009: Tens of thousands of people from the Baltic countries mark the 20th anniversary of the "Baltic Way", when two million people joined a human chain to protest against Soviet Union control. (Aljazeera), (Guardian), (Baltic Times).
  • Aug 24, 2009: The US government has ended its month-long "cash-for-clunkers" program. It spent $2.9 billion on rebates for 690,000 low efficiency vehicles. Top trade-in was the Ford Explorer four-wheel drive; Toyota Corolla was top new purchase.
  • Aug 25, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Ben Bernanke to his second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • Aug 26, 2009: U.S. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts, is the last Kennedy brother to die at age 77 after beating brain cancer.
  • Aug 27, 2009: Michael Perham, a 17-year-old English youth, is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo by sailboat. He broke the previous record by two month.
  • Aug 28, 2009: In his Jeddah office, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef was lightly wounded by a suicide bomber.
  • Aug 29, 2009: Chandrayaan-1 loses touch with ground control
  • Aug 30, 2009: Japanese voters vote.
  • Aug 31, 2009: Florida Governor Charlie Crist signs a Gambling Pact with the Seminole Tribe, which lasts 20 years. It stipulates payment of US$12.5 Million per month for the first thirty months to allow them to operate legal slots machines and blackjack in their seven casinos.
  • Sep 1, 2009: At 70 years since the outbreak of World War II, European leaders pay tribute to the victims at ceremonies that marked the occasion.
  • Sep 2, 2009: Pfizer, a US drugmaker, agrees to pay US$2.3Billion in the largest healthcare fraud settlement ever made by the Department of Justice. Four drugs were illegally promoted by the firm, which was not approved by medical regulators.
  • Sep 3, 2009: The wreckage of the helicopter which crashed in southern India with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has been located.
  • Sep 4, 2009: The 2009 Java earthquake killed 63 people.
  • Sep 5, 2009: G-20 finance ministers have outlined plans for reforming banking, which include stricter regulation of financial institutions.
  • Sep 6, 2009: Ira & Larry Goldberg, Auctioneers in Beverly Hills, California, conduct the auction for part one of Dan Holmes' collection of US large coins.
  • Sep 7, 2009: Busch Gardens, Florida, closes The Big Bad Wolf rollercoaster. The attraction was the first suspended roller coaster in the world and was enjoyed by 29 million people.
  • Sep 8, 2009: Ampquotscores are killed in a shipwreck that occurred in Sierra Leone.
  • Sep 9, 2009: US Representative Joe Wilson (R.S.C.) interrupts President Barack Obama’s health care speech before Congress with an audible shout: ampquotYou lie!
  • Sep 10, 2009: Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister, apologizes for the treatment of Alan Turing (respected WWII code-breaker) after World War II. He was chemically castrated for homosexual relations.
  • Sep 11, 2009: Search and rescue efforts following the 2009 Sierra Leone Shipwreck come to an end. 90 people have been confirmed dead, and at least 100 are still missing.
  • Sep 12, 2009: In Antananarivo, Madagascar, police disperse small groups that are opposed to Andry Rajoelina's administration.
  • Sep 13, 2009: Russia declares it will support Venezuela in building a nuclear energy program.
  • Sep 14, 2009: After a long battle against pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze, an American actor (Dirty Dancing and Ghost), has died at the age of 57.
  • Sep 15, 2009: In the Norwegian parliamentary elections, the Red-Green Coalition of Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg was elected for a second term.
  • Sep 16, 2009: New documents reveal that J. R. R. Tolkien, a novelist, was secretly trained to spy for His Majesty’s Government during World War II.
  • Sep 17, 2009: Senior Irish Catholic bishops have said that Roman Catholics are allowed to vote "Yes" in the country's second referendum about the Treaty of Lisbon.
  • Sep 18, 2009: The final episode of The Guiding Light's 72-year-old run is broadcast.
  • Sep 19, 2009: The six-nation East African Regional bloc, which includes Djibouti (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan), urges the UN to impose sanctions on Eritrea, for supporting Islamist rebels in Somalia's war-torn Somalia.
  • Sep 20, 2009: "Precious" wins the People's Choice Award at 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Sep 21, 2009: Paris is the site of the Clearstream trial, where Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister France, will be tried.
  • Sep 22, 2009: American Mesac Damas is extradited to Haiti to face trial for the murders committed against his six family members in Florida.
  • Sep 23, 2009: A dust storm has swept through Australia's cities of Canberra, Sydney, and Brisbane. It is the worst for at least 70 years. New South Wales's aviation system is disrupted.
  • Sep 24, 2009: Pittsburgh will host the G20 summit, with 30 international leaders. This is the first time LRAD has been used in American history.
  • Sep 25, 2009: In a joint television appearance, President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain and Nicolas Sarkozy of France accused Iran in secret of building a nuclear enrichment facility.
  • Sep 26, 2009: With 60 countries represented, 30 African and South American leaders will attend.
  • Sep 27, 2009: William Safire, a columnist at The New York Times for 30 years, dies in Rockville, Maryland after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. He was also the author of Political Dictionary and a speechwriter for Richard Nixon.
  • Sep 28, 2009: The 2009 quarter dollar of the US Virgin Islands is now in circulation thanks to the US Mint.
  • Sep 29, 2009: A tsunami is caused by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake close to the Samoan Islands.
  • Sep 30, 2009: In the year ending September, the US deficit hit a record US$1.4 trillion.
  • Oct 1, 2009: The House of Lords is overthrown by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
  • Oct 2, 2009: After Slovenia lifted its 10-month-old embargo, Croatia resumes talks to join the European Union.
  • Oct 3, 2009: Treaty of Lisbon
  • Oct 4, 2009: Shoichi Nakagawa (ex-Japan Finance Minister) has been found dead in Tokyo after he resigned due to apparent drunken behavior at the 2009 G7 meeting.
  • Oct 5, 2009: For bloggers, the United States Federal Trade Commission has regulations.
  • Oct 6, 2009: A "industry-wide scheme of phishing" has been launched against sites like Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Google. AOL and Google, where passwords are posted online and there are more than a quarter million accounts at risk.
  • Oct 7, 2009: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their studies on the structure and function the ribosome.
  • Oct 8, 2009: Herta Müller, a Romanian-German novelist, is awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. "With the concentration of poetry, and the honesty of prose she depicts the landscapes of the dispossessed", She is the 12th female winner of the Literature Prize and the 4th female Nobel Laureate in 2009. 2009 was a record year for female achievement.
  • Oct 9, 2009: NASA's Lunar Precursor Robic Program: First lunar impact of Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts.
  • Oct 10, 2009: After closing their borders for nearly two hundred years, Turkey and Armenia sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland, to open their borders.
  • Oct 11, 2009: Luis Armando Pena Soltren is a suspect in the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 281, which took place in 1968. He was captured after 40 years.
  • Oct 12, 2009: The 60th International Astronautical Congress opens at Daejeon in South Korea with around 3,000 space professionals from more than 70 nations.
  • Oct 13, 2009: The 200 million US$ planned rebuilding and expansion Stockholm's central library, designed by Gunnar Asplund is canceled.
  • Oct 14, 2009: Honduran negotiators reach an agreement to restore President Manuel Zelaya in office in order to end the political crisis.
  • Oct 15, 2009: Treaty of Lisbon
  • Oct 16, 2009: Botswana's voters participate in a general election.
  • Oct 17, 2009: Czech President Vaclav Klaus likens the Treaty of Lisbon as an unstoppable speeding train that he is being forced into signing.
  • Oct 18, 2009: Yemen claims that 18 Shia rebels were killed in fighting in the northern part of the country.
  • Oct 19, 2009: Charles Wesley Mumbere is crowned as the king of Bakonjos in the Rwenzururu region of Uganda.
  • Oct 20, 2009: European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.
  • Oct 21, 2009: After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4, the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2009 National League Championship Series 4 to 1.
  • Oct 22, 2009: Sweden's Lutheran Church is the first major church to allow same-sex marriages.
  • Oct 23, 2009: More than 200 African Roman Catholic bishops release a 12-page document calling for the resignation of corrupt leaders on the continent and urging them to repent.
  • Oct 24, 2009: After three small Florida banks were closed by US federal regulators, the number of bank failures in America this year is more than 100. This year, more US banks have failed than any other year since 1992.
  • Oct 25, 2009: After suffering a heart attack at the age of 67, Jeffry Picower, an American billionaire philanthropist and friend to Bernie Madoff, drowned in his Florida pool. Picower was sued by the Madoff fraud trustee for US$7.2 billion.
  • Oct 26, 2009: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President of Tunisia, wins 90% of the votes. This is his fifth term as president and a new five year mandate in the country’s general election.
  • Oct 27, 2009: The Australian government has released a report warning that climate change and global warming are threatening the country's coastal lifestyle. There is even the possibility of banning coastal homes.
  • Oct 28, 2009: NASA launches a prototype Ares I-X rocket out of Florida in order to test technology that will be used to develop a future manned rocket. This launcher, valued at US$450 million, is the first NASA built in over 30 years.
  • Oct 29, 2009: The Haitian Senate votes in favor of removing Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis.
  • Oct 30, 2009: Nine failed banks are seized by the American Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which includes California National Bank in Los Angeles, which is the fourth-largest U.S. Bank failure of this year.
  • Oct 31, 2009: Mahamadou Issoufou, the opposition leader in Niger, returns to face money laundering charges.
  • Nov 1, 2009: CIT Group, a US lender, files for bankruptcy protection. It has arranged with bondholders to reduce its debt by US$10 Billion. It filed a US$71 billion worth of finance and leasing assets, with total debt of US$64.9 trillion. This makes it the fifth largest US corporate filing.
  • Nov 2, 2009: At least 35 people are killed in a large explosion that occurred in Rawalpindi (Pakistan).
  • Nov 3, 2009: After 29 years of Rhode Island's decriminalization of prostitution, Governor Donald Carcieri signed a bill that legalizes prostitution.
  • Nov 4, 2009: Rebel Houthis from Yemen crossed the border into Saudi Arabia to kill a Saudi security officer, and injure 11 more.
  • Nov 5, 2009: In the largest-ever mass shooting at an American military base, Major Nidal Malik Hazan of the US Army kills 13 people and injures 30 others at Fort Hood (Texas).
  • Nov 6, 2009: Thirteen people were killed and 30 injured when a major in the US Army opened fire on their fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas military base.
  • Nov 7, 2009: In the U.S., a gunman disguised as a man shoots a British tourist.
  • Nov 8, 2009: Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's President, tells Venezuelan civilians and the army to prepare for war with Colombia.
  • Nov 9, 2009: The Brandenburg Gate is the focal point of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall de Berlin Wall.
  • Nov 10, 2009: Itaipu's power outage causes widespread blackouts in 15 Brazilian states. During this time, chaos spreads to Paraguay.
  • Nov 11, 2009: John Allen Muhammad is executed at the Greensville Correctional Center, In Jarratt (Virginia), USA by lethal injection. Muhannad was convicted for sniper shootings in which 10 people were killed and the Washington, D.C. region was terrorized in 2002.
  • Nov 12, 2009: The 2009 Lincoln and Presidency Cents are now available from the US Mint.
  • Nov 13, 2009: NASA scientists announced that the experiment to find water in the Moon last month was a huge success. The debris field created by smashing a rocket into an asteroid revealed ice and water vapour.
  • Nov 14, 2009: New Zealand has qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after defeating Bahrain in a playoff that was billed as ampquotthe largest sporting event ever held in New Zealandampquot, and the country's greatest football match.
  • Nov 15, 2009: After decades of planning, the Metro Gold Line Extension opens in East Los Angeles & Boyle Heights.
  • Nov 16, 2009: Kevin Rudd, Australia's Prime Minister, apologizes to those who were orphaned and placed in foster homes during the 20th century.
  • Nov 17, 2009: Aminatou Haidar is a prominent human rights activist for the Western Sahara. She is currently on hunger strike at an Airport in the Canary Islands and will appear before a Spanish court to face charges of public disorder.
  • Nov 18, 2009: France's national football team defeated the Republic of Ireland at Stade de France in order to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals 2010 in South Africa. Thierry Henry admitted after the match that he had committed handball, which led to the decisive goal.
  • Nov 19, 2009: The US Mint has released the 2009 Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar to circulation.
  • Nov 20, 2009: After a 14-month delay, the Large Hadron Collider is now up and running.
  • Nov 21, 2009: Protestors gathered at the French Embassy, Dublin to continue their dispute with FIFA regarding the controversial handball incident during the qualifying match for the FIFA World Cup 2010.
  • Nov 22, 2009: Abdulli Feghoul was acquitted by an Algerian court. He had been held at Guantanamo Bay without trial for nearly seven years.
  • Nov 23, 2009: Maguindanao massacre takes place in Ampatuan Maguindanao (Mindanao), Philippines
  • Nov 24, 2009: A Casablanca appeal court, Morocco, has imposed a three-year sentence against Chahib Khayari for violating the law. He was accused of accusing top officials with being involved in drug trafficking.
  • Nov 25, 2009: 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.
  • Nov 26, 2009: Ireland's Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces discontent residents in Athlone as he tours flood-stricken areas in Galway and Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath, and Roscommon.
  • Nov 27, 2009: In a terrorist attack, a Russian high-speed passenger train on the Moscow-Saint Petersburg Railway derails close to Uglovka. 26 people were killed and more than 100 injured.
  • Nov 28, 2009: In southern Bangladesh, 33 people are killed in ferry accidents.
  • Nov 29, 2009: Somali pirates seize the supertanker Maran Centaurus owned by Greece, which was carrying oil from Saudi Arabia to America.
  • Nov 30, 2009: The 2009 quarter dollar from the Northern Mariana Islands is now in circulation by the US Mint
  • Dec 1, 2009: Barack Obama, the US President, announces that an additional 30,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan in the summer and fall.
  • Dec 2, 2009: FIFA, the global governing body of association football, announced after an emergency session of its Executive Committee that it would launch an inquiry into the use extra officials or technology following the controversy surrounding the Thierry Henry handball incident. However, no changes will be made for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Wikinews
  • Dec 3, 2009: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (which insures deposits at US commercial banks) is currently in deficit by $US8.2 million.
  • Dec 4, 2009: Operation Cobra's Anger is a joint operation by the US Marines and Afghan troops in northern Helmand province.
  • Dec 5, 2009: CNN apologizes to "The Irish Times" after accusing them of publishing fake nude photos of Tiger Woods, the world's number 1 golfer. CNN claimed that ''The Irish Times’' had also paid damages.
  • Dec 6, 2009: After beating Gremio 2-1 in the final round of 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, Flamengo won its sixth Brazilian national football championship.
  • Dec 7, 2009: Aamer Sajjad and Raffatullah Mumand, Pakistan, set a new record for a second wicket partnership scoring 580 runs during a Quaid-iAzam Trophy match. This surpasses the 576 run record held by Roshan Mahanama and Sanath Jayasuriya in Sri Lanka.
  • Dec 8, 2009: Baghdad bombings, Iraq kill 127 people and injures 448.
  • Dec 9, 2009: Observers are baffled by a strange spiral light that appears in the sky over large areas of Northern Norway. Although Russian authorities have denied that this possibility, some experts speculate that the light may be caused by a Russian rocket that was misfired.
  • Dec 10, 2009: Greece's credit rating has been downgraded. This has led to increased pessimism about the Greek economy.
  • Dec 11, 2009: Tiger Woods announced that he will be taking an indefinite break from professional golf to devote his time to his marriage.
  • Dec 12, 2009: Annise Parker becomes Houston's first openly gay mayor.
  • Dec 13, 2009: Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, stated in an interview that he would have gone into war against Iraq even though he knew it did not possess weapons of mass destruction.
  • Dec 14, 2009: The Group of 77, which includes China, India UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, has suspended participation to treaty negotiations at Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. They cite the inability of developed countries to live up the Kyoto Protocol and what is perceived as a lack of open negotiation.
  • Dec 15, 2009: Oral Roberts, a US television evangelist, has died in Newport Beach (California) at the age of 91 due to complications from pneumonia.
  • Dec 16, 2009: Mexican drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva is shot to death by members of the Mexican Navy in Cuernavaca (Morellos).
  • Dec 17, 2009: The sinking of MV Danny F II off the coast Lebanon causes the death of 44 people as well as more than 28,000 animals.
  • Dec 18, 2009: The UN climate conference in Copenhagen (Denmark) ended with a final compromise climate deal and a promise to work out all details later. The deal was signed by the leaders of the following countries: Canada, USA (China, India), Brazil, South Africa, and India. The agreement provides money for developing countries to combat global warming. The agreement is non-binding and does not establish new targets for greenhouse gas reduction.
  • Dec 19, 2009: 2009 North American Blizzard records snowfall. This causes power outages and deaths as well as a significant impact on retail sales.
  • Dec 20, 2009: An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 strikes Tanzania.
  • Dec 21, 2009: A Washington, D.C. police officer draws a gun during an snowball fight.
  • Dec 22, 2009: Howard Schmidt, a former executive at Microsoft and eBay, has been appointed cybersecurity chief by the US White House.
  • Dec 23, 2009: Leighlin Jim and Bishop of Kildare resign, becoming the second bishop to do this after the Murphy Report was published.
  • Dec 24, 2009: Barack Obama's administration has pledged to support Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other mortgage finance giants up to US$810 Billion in 2010. This is an increase from their current US$200 Billion.
  • Dec 25, 2009: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from Nigeria tries to light powder and liquid explosives aboard Northwest Airlines plane Flight 253 as it prepares to land in Detroit. The man is subdued, and the plane lands safely without any injuries.
  • Dec 26, 2009: A bomb squad from Reykjavik in Iceland searches for a diverted Lufthansa flight between Frankfurt, Germany and Detroit, Michigan, United States. The bag was not owned by the owner.
  • Dec 27, 2009: Korea Electric Power wins a contract worth US$20.4 billion to build nuclear power stations in the United Arab Emirates. This is the largest ever energy deal in the Middle East.
  • Dec 28, 2009: 43 people are killed in a suicide attack in Karachi, Pakistan. This is where Shia Muslims observe the Day of Ashura.
  • Dec 29, 2009: The Sudanese parliament approves legislation to hold a referendum on South Sudan's independence.
  • Dec 30, 2009: To help with mortgage losses, the U.S. Treasury has injected another US$3.8B into GMAC Financial Services. This makes the government (56.3%) the majority owner of the company.
  • Dec 31, 2009: Malaysia's High Court ruled that Christians in Malaysia have the constitutional right to use the term 'Allah’ in reference to God. It also declared unconstitutional the government's ban against the use of the word Allah’ by non-Muslims.
  • Jan 3, 2009: The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called the , is established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.


What does the year 2009 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 2009 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 110th year of the 21st century and the 9th year of the 2000s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 2008 and precedes 2010.

calendars for year 2009

Can you show me the calendar for the year 2009?

February 2009
September 2009
November 2009