What Happened in 2009 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 226

  • May 27 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 17th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 2-0 at Rome
  • Jun 1 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 1 General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
  • Jun 2 Switzerland officially enters the global recession
  • Jun 4 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Detroit Red Wings 4-3, Evgeni Malkin 1st Russian to win MVP
  • Jun 5 Chileo officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
  • Jun 6 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54
  • Jun 7 63rd Tony Awards: Billy Elliot the Musical & God of Carnage win

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 108th Men's French Open: Roger Federer beats Robin Soderling (6-1, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jun 7 108th Women's French Open: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-2)
  • Jun 9 Brazil officially enters recession
  • Jun 11 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 11 Bulgarian authorities declare the country is officially in recession after dropping 1.6% in the last quarter of 2008
  • Jun 12 Protests in Iran following the presidential election.
  • Jun 12 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.
  • Jun 14 63rd NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 14 55th LPGA Championship won by Anna Nordqvist

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 17 43rd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 19 "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox is released

Actress Megan Fox
Megan Fox
Actor Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf
  • Jun 22 2009 Washington Metro subway crash: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.
  • Jun 22 109th US Golf Open: Lucas Glover shoots a 276 at Bethpage State Park NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 Mike Babcock is named head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics (they would win the gold medal)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Jun 25 Colombia enters into recession after witnessing 0.7% contraction in the last quarter of 2008 and 0.6% in the following quarter
  • Jun 30 Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor
  • Jun 30 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 1 Animated film "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" directed by Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeieris with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo is released
  • Jul 3 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.
  • Jul 4 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
  • Jul 5 Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 116th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jul 5 123rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14), winning a record 15th Grand Slam titles
  • Jul 6 Jadranka Kosor became first female prime minister of Croatia.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 "She Wolf", the lead single from Shakira's eighth album, premieres

Singer Shakira
  • Jul 14 80th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Busch Stadium, St Louis
  • Jul 14 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
  • Jul 15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 15 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released worldwide

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jul 17 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.
  • Jul 18 Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.
  • Jul 19 138th British Golf Open: Stewart Cink shoots a 278 at Ailsa Course

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 19 17th ESPY Awards: Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin win

  • Jul 23 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.
  • Jul 23 The Bank of Canada announces the end of the recession even though it remains nascent and still dependent on government stimulus money
  • Jul 23 42nd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 26 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
  • Jul 30 A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Aug 4 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.

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Aug 15 Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009
  • Aug 15 12th World Championships in Athletics open at Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 16 91st PGA Championship: Yang Yong-eun shoots a 280 at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 100m

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 19 A series of bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, kills 101 and injures 565 others
  • Aug 20 12th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • Aug 23 12th World Championships in Athletics close at Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 24 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession
  • Sep 2 66th Venice Film Festival: "Lebanon" directed by Samuel Maoz wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 5 Denmark celebrates the first national flagday, in memory of the fallen Danes in international operations since 1948.
  • Sep 9 Cyprus enters recession after 0.6% contraction in the first quarter, followed by 0.4% in the second quarter
  • Sep 11 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 11 Sweden emerges from the recession after witnessing GDP growth of 0.2% in the second quarter
  • Sep 12 The 9-12 Project organized multiple marches and demonstrations across the USA to protest government spending.
  • Sep 13 26th MTV Video Music Awards: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift & T.I. f/ Rihanna win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 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

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Sep 14 129th Men's U.S. Open: Juan Martin del Potro beats Roger Federer (3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2)
  • Sep 14 129th Women's U.S. Open: Kim Clijsters beats Caroline Wozniacki (7-5, 6-3)
  • Sep 18 The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 34th Toronto International Film Festival: "Precious" directed by Lee Daniels wins the People's Choice Award

Director Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 20 61st Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win

  • Sep 21 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 23 "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 27 German Federal elections return Angela Merkel for her second term as Chancellor at head of centre-right coalition government

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Sep 28 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 29 An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami .
  • Oct 2 Rio de Janeiro is elected the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics
  • Oct 2 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 4 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 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

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Carl Jung
  • Oct 9 First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program
  • Oct 10 After closed borders for nearly two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich to open their borders

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Oct 18 QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 21 55th National Film Awards (India): "Kanchivaram" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 23 The United Nations "Rotterdam Rules" convention regulating international maritime carriage of goods is ratified with its twentieth signature.
  • Oct 23 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 24 First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
  • Oct 24 19th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-16 in South Bend (Notre Dame's first win in the series in nine years)
  • Oct 25 The 25 October 2009 Baghdad bombings kills 155 and wounds at least 721.
  • Oct 25 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 28 The 28 October 2009 Peshawar bombing kills 117 and wounds 213.
  • Oct 28 NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.
  • Nov 1 The inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held at the Yas Marina Circuit.
  • Nov 1 60th Formula One WDC: Jenson Button wins by 11 points

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 3 23rd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Charlie Wilson & Chaka Khan win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Nov 4 MLB World Series: New York Yankees defeat Philadelphia Phillies to win 4-2
  • Nov 5 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 9 Joe Cada becomes the youngest champion of the World Series of Poker's main event.

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 378

  • Mar 21 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • Mar 22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • Mar 23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 24 George Kell, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Mar 25 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 25 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • Mar 25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)
  • Mar 29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Mar 31 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 31 Raúl Alfonsín, Argentinean ex president (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, MLB pitcher (b. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People) dies aged 88
  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor (b. 1939)
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer (b. 1947)
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 4 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • May 6 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (b. 1926)
  • May 15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor (b. 1923)
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 17 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • May 18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 27 Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Clive Granger
  • May 29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • Jun 3 David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Jun 3 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • Jun 3 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
  • Jun 8 Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)
  • Jun 9 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • Jun 10 Tenniel Evans, English actor (b. 1926)
  • Jun 13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Jun 13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • Jun 14 Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures
  • Jun 14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jun 17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • Jun 19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • Jun 23 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947)

  • Jun 27 Gale Storm, TV Personality (b. 1922)
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • Jun 28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 28 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)
  • Jun 29 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer (b. 1940)
  • Jul 1 Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)