Historical Events for Year 2009
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Jan 1st - Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
Jan 1st - 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jan 1st - The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
Jan 3rd - Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
Jan 7th - 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)
Jan 8th - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.
Jan 13th - Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
Jan 15th - US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.
44th US President Barack Obama Jan 20th - Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
Jan 20th - Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States
Jan 23rd - Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
Jan 23rd - UK officially enters recession as GDP falls by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008 following a 0.6% drop in the third quarter, with unemployment growing by 131,000 to 1.92 million (6.1%)
Jan 24th - Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
265th Pope Benedict XVI Jan 31st - 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.
Feb 1st - Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of State in the modern world.
Feb 1st - Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23 at the Raymond James Stadium MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR
Feb 5th - The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef.
Feb 7th - Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
Singer-songwriter Adele Feb 8th - 51st Grammy Awards: Please Read The Letter, Adele wins
Feb 8th - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 30-21
Feb 12th - Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo in the state of New York killing 50 people.
Feb 13th - Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).
Feb 13th - The Dutch Statistics agency confirms the Netherlands are in recession
Feb 18th - The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced that the Taiwanese economy has contracted an unprecedented 8.36% in the fourth quarter of 2008; thus placing the country in a technical recession
Feb 21st - 29th Golden Raspberry Awards: The Love Guru wins
Actress Kate Winslet Feb 22nd - 81st Academy Awards - "Slumdog Millionare," Sean Penn & Kate Winslet win
Feb 22nd - Heath Ledger, posthumously, wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Act for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"
Feb 25th - BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.
Feb 27th - Statistics Finland informs that Finland's gross domestic product diminished by 1.3% in the last quarter of 2008 from the previous quarter
Mar 3rd - The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.
Actor Heath Ledger Mar 3rd - The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.
Mar 4th - 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.
Mar 4th - U.S. Steel announce the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worsening effects of the global economic slowdown
Mar 4th - Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
MLB Outfielder Moises Alou Mar 5th - Moises Alou announces he will retire following the World Baseball Classic
Mar 7th - Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Real Madrid
Mar 11th - Winnenden school shooting - 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.
Mar 22nd - Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
Mar 27th - Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.
Apr 1st - Croatia and Albania joined NATO
Apr 3rd - Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Footballer Neymar Apr 5th - North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-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
Apr 5th - 44th Academy of Country Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins
Apr 6th - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L'Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.
Apr 7th - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
Apr 12th - U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth.
Singer Carrie Underwood Apr 12th - President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue
Apr 12th - 73rd Golf Masters Championship: Ángel Cabrera wins, shooting a 276
Apr 15th - Even though official government sources state that Argentina's GDP will actually grow this year, private consulting firms state that Argentine economy has actually been in recession since October 2008
Apr 23rd - The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 it's observed for 10 seconds as the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.
Actor Elijah Wood Apr 25th - Elijah Wood is honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival as an American actor who "has made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema, and who brings striking intelligence, exemplary talent and extraordinary depth of character to his roles"
Apr 30th - Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Apr 30th - Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured.
Apr 30th - The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq.
May 1st - Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
May 2nd - 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird wins in 2:02.66
May 11th - An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.
May 15th - The French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce that French gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in the first quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in the final quarter of 2008; the French economy had avoided narrowly a recession in 2008
May 15th - Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009
May 16th - 135th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
May 18th - Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
May 19th - Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
May 20th - Mexico is the first Latin American country to officially enter recession
May 24th - Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:19:34.6427 (241.913 km/h)
May 25th - North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.
May 25th - Thailand’s economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter of 2009, contracting the most in a decade and plunging the nation into recession
May 27th - South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
Jun 1st - Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.
Jun 1st - General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
Jun 2nd - Switzerland officially enters the global recession
Jun 5th - Chileo officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
Jun 6th - 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54
Jun 7th - 63rd Tony Awards: Billy Elliot the Musical & God of Carnage win
Jun 9th - Brazil officially enters recession
Jun 11th - A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home. Witnesses say the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest and exited her foot. Her 9-year-old son franticly called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital.
Jun 11th - Bulgarian authorities declare the country is officially in recession after dropping 1.6% in the last quarter of 2008
Jun 12th - Protests in Iran following the presidential election.
Jun 12th - TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.
Jun 14th - 63rd NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 4 games to 1
Jun 14th - 55th LPGA Championship won by Anna Nordqvist
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift Jun 17th - 43rd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins
Jun 22nd - 2009 Washington Metro subway crash: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.
Jun 22nd - 109th US Golf Open: Lucas Glover shoots a 276 at Bethpage State Park NY
Jun 24th - Mike Babcock is named head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics (they would win the gold medal)
Jun 25th - Colombia enters into recession after witnessing 0.7% contraction in the last quarter of 2008 and 0.6% in the following quarter
Jun 30th - Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor
NHL Coach Mike Babcock Jun 30th - Turkey records its fastest contraction of 13.8% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, leading the country into recession; this is Turkey's biggest economic slump since 1945
Jul 3rd - Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.
Jul 4th - The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
Jul 5th - Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
Jul 5th - 116th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-2)
Tennis Player Roger Federer Jul 5th - 123rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14), winning a record 15th Grand Slam titles
Jul 6th - Jadranka Kosor became first female Prime minister of Croatia.
Jul 9th - Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points
Jul 13th - "She Wolf", the lead single from Shakira's eighth album, premiers
Jul 14th - 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis
Jul 14th - Singapore experiences a seasonally adjusted and annualised growth of 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of increased pharmaceuticals production and construction, bringing the country out of the recession
Singer Shakira Jul 15th - A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.
Jul 17th - Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.
Jul 18th - Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.
Jul 19th - 138th British Golf Open: Stewart Cink shoots a 278 at Ailsa Course
Jul 19th - 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin win
Jul 23rd - Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.
Jul 23rd - The Bank of Canada announces the end of the recession even though it remains nascent and still dependent on government stimulus money
Swimmer Michael Phelps Jul 30th - A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.
Aug 4th - Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.
Aug 15th - Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009
Aug 16th - 91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club
Aug 19th - A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others.
Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il Aug 24th - Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession
Sep 5th - Denmark celebrates the first national flagday, in memory of the fallen Danes in international operations since 1948.
Sep 9th - Cyprus enters recession after 0.6% contraction in the first quarter, followed by 0.4% in the second quarter
Sep 11th - The Brazilian economy technically leaves the recession when GDP grew 1.9% in the second quarter of 2009 after having fallen in the first quarter of 2009 and last quarter of 2008
Sep 11th - Sweden emerges from the recession after witnessing GDP growth of 0.2% in the second quarter
Sep 12th - The 9-12 Project organized multiple marches and demonstrations across the USA to protest government spending.
Sep 13th - 26th MTV Awards: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift & T.I. f/ Rihanna wins
Natural History filmmaker and TV personality David Attenborough Sep 14th - David Attenborough and Prince William officially open the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum London, in what is the Museum's most significant expansion since 1881
Sep 18th - The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.
Sep 20th - 61st Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win
Sep 21st - Macedonia officially enters the recession after experiencing a drop in GDP of 0.9% in the first quarter, followed by 1.4% in the second quarter
Sep 26th - Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
Sep 28th - The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre.
Sep 29th - An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami .
Oct 2nd - Rio de Janeiro is elected the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Oct 2nd - The economic crisis in Ireland is considered to be the driving force behind the largest migration of Irish people to London in 20 years, it is reported today
Oct 4th - George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.
Psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung Oct 7th - A digital version of psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung's 'Red Book' is published 48 years after his death and contains personal notes on his subconscious during the period in which he developed his principal theories
Oct 9th - First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program.
Oct 10th - After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.
Oct 18th - QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter
Oct 23rd - The United Nations "Rotterdam Rules" convention regulating international maritime carriage of goods is ratified with its twentieth signature.
NFL Quarterback Tom Brady Oct 23rd - The UK markets had contracted by 0.4% in the third quarter against what was expected to be a period of growth, as a result of unexpectedly poor performance by the service sector
Oct 24th - First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
Oct 25th - The 25 October 2009 Baghdad bombings kills 155 and wounds at least 721.
Oct 28th - The 28 October 2009 Peshawar bombing kills 117 and wounds 213.
Oct 28th - NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.
Nov 1st - The inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held at the Yas Marina Circuit.
King of Pop Michael Jackson Nov 3rd - 23rd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Charlie Wilson & Chaka Khan win
Nov 5th - US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (US Army Medical Corps) killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.
Nov 9th - Joe Cada becomes the youngest champion of the World Series of Poker's main event.
Nov 11th - 43rd Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins
Nov 13th - The Netherlands officially exits the recession after experiencing 0.4% growth in the third quarter, but recovery for the Netherlands still remains fragile as the country is highly dependent on exports to maintain the recovery
Nov 13th - Germany's growth of 0.7% in the third quarter helps lead the Eurozone out of the recession after providing overall growth of 0.4% in the same period, with the whole European Union growing 0.2%, it is reported today
Nov 14th - The National Statistical Service of Greece states that the country has been in recession since the beginning of the year
Nov 20th - The Mexican government declares its economy technically out of recession after 2.93% GDP growth in the third quarter of 2009; Mexico had been in a severe economic crisis for over a year prior to its economic rebound
Nov 22nd - 36th American Music Award: Taylor Swift & Michael Jackson win
Nov 22nd - President Hugo Chavez states that Venezuela is in recession as the economy contracted 4.5% in the third quarter
Nov 23rd - The Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines
Nov 25th - Powerful storm brings 3 years worth of rain in 4 hours to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sparking terrible floods known as the 2009 Jeddah Floods, which kill over 150 people and sweep thousands of cars away right in the middle of Hajj in the second largest city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah.
Nov 29th - 97th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Saskatchewan Roughriders, 28-27