What Happened in 2009

Significant Events

  • Jan 20 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
  • Mar 4 International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur becoming the first sitting head of state to be indicted
  • Apr 30 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 18 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
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2009 in Film & TV

2009 in Music

  • Aug 7 “Tik Tok” single released by Kesha (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

2009 in Sport

  • Jan 12 Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time at a ceremony in Zurich
  • Mar 7 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Santos
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 for a record 15th Grand Slam singles title

Did You Know?

Gamma ray burst (GRB) 090423 is observed for 10 seconds, the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe

On April 23, 2009


World Leaders in 2009

Famous People in 2009

Famous People Born in 2009

  • Jan 26 Suleman octuplets born to Nadya Suleman in Bellflower, California - longest ever octuplet survival
  • Nov 19 Prince Gaston d'Orléans

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 9 High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jan 10 "The Black Eyed Peas" singer fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California
  • Jan 31 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City
  • Feb 6 "The L Word" actress Sarah Shahi (29) weds actor Steve Howey (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 7 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 20 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (37) divorces actress Harmoni Everett (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage
  • Jun 5 "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (27) divorces actor Josh Janowicz (27) after three years of marriage
  • Jun 9 Elizabeth Watson (39) divorces MLB home run record holder Barry Bonds (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage
  • Jun 19 "Malcolm in the Middle" actress Jane Kaczmarek (53) divorces actor Bradley Whitford (49) after 16 years of marriage
  • Jul 6 Actress Rachael Bella (25) divorces "Terminator 2" actor Eddie Furlong (31) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
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