What Happened in December 2009

Historical Events

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

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

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

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Dec 10 US President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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

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

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

Actress Zoe Saldana
Actress
Zoe Saldana
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • Dec 25 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempts a terrorist attack against the US while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253
  • Dec 28 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.

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


Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 2 Maggie Jones, English actress (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • Dec 2 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
  • Dec 3 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtse Incident), dies at 90
  • Dec 4 Eddie Fatu, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1973)
  • Dec 5 Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • Dec 7 Mark Ritts, American actor (b. 1946)
  • Dec 8 Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • Dec 9 Gene Barry, American actor, dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • Dec 14 Alan A'Court, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • Dec 15 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • Dec 16 Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • Dec 16 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)
  • Dec 16 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician (b. 1956)
  • Dec 17 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Dec 17 Jennifer Jones, American actress (b. 1919)
  • Dec 17 Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)
  • Dec 18 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, dies at 96
  • Dec 19 Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • Dec 19 Kim Peek, American prodigious savant and inspiration for the 1988 film Rain Man (b. 1951)
  • Dec 20 Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • Dec 20 Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)
  • Dec 20 Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)
  • Dec 20 Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • Dec 22 Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Dec 22 Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 23 Robert L. Howard, highly decorated officer of the United States Army (b. 1939)
  • Dec 23 Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian Roman Catholic theologian (b. 1914)
  • Dec 23 Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan senior official (b. 1910)
  • Dec 24 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • Dec 24 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • Dec 25 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • Dec 26 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • Dec 28 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • Dec 29 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)
  • Dec 29 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • Dec 30 Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
  • Dec 30 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (b.1940)