What Happened in December 2009

Historical Events

  • 5th 5th ACC Championship Game: #12 Georgia Tech beats #25 Clemson, 39-34
  • 5th 14th Big 12 Championship Game: #3 Texas beats #21 Nebraska, 13-12
  • 5th 18th SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #1 Florida, 32-13
  • 6th 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)

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6th Final Broadway performance of "A Steady Rain", starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig

  • 8th Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

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11th Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 14th 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB)
  • 15th Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

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18th James Cameron's "Avatar", starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, is released

Actress Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 25th Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempts a terrorist attack against the US while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253

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28th Scarlett Johansson makes her debut on Broadway in the Arthur Miller play "A View from the Bridge"

  • 28th 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.

Famous Weddings

  • 19th Actor-singer Kevin Jonas (22) weds Danielle Deleasa (23) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • 2nd Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)
  • 2nd Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • 2nd Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
  • 3rd Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (b. 1919)
  • 4th Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • 5th Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • 7th Mark Ritts, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 8th Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • 9th Gene Barry, American actor, dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 14th Alan A'Court, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • 15th Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • 16th Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 16th Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)
  • 16th Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician (b. 1956)
  • 17th Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 17th Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 17th Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)
  • 19th Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • 19th Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)
  • 20th Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • 20th Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)
  • 20th Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)
  • 20th Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • 22nd Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 22nd Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (b. 1940)
  • 23rd Robert L. Howard, highly decorated officer of the United States Army (b. 1939)
  • 23rd Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian Roman Catholic theologian (b. 1914)
  • 23rd Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan senior official (b. 1910)
  • 24th George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • 24th Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • 25th Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 26th Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • 28th James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 29th "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)
  • 29th Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • 30th Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
  • 30th Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (b.1940)