December 2009 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Dec 15 Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

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Dec 16 Ben Bernanke, Chair of the US Federal Reserve is named Time's Person of the Year for rescuing the global economy from the Great Recession

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • Dec 25 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempts a terrorist attack against the US while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253
  • Dec 25 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 years in prison in Beijing, China for "inciting subversion of state power"
  • Dec 28 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.

Deaths in History

  • Dec 5 Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • 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 19 Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • Dec 20 Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • Dec 22 Luis Francisco CuĂ©llar, 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 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • Dec 29 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • Dec 30 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia (b.1940)