Historical Events in December 2009

Ballon d'Or

Dec 1 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is named best football player in the world; wins award by a then record margin, 240 points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid with Barcelona midfielder Xavi 3rd

  • Dec 4 Montreal Canadiens retire Hall of Fame center Elmer Lach's jersey (No. 16), as part of team's centennial celebration
  • Dec 5 14th Big 12 Championship Game: #3 Texas beats #21 Nebraska, 13-12
  • 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 6 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)

Theatrical Finale

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

  • Dec 7 "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" becomes "PBS NewsHour", upon Jim Lehrer's stepping down as anchor
  • Dec 8 Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq kill 127 and injure 448.

Nobel Prize

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

  • Dec 11 Angry Birds, a Finnish puzzle video game released internationally

Sports History

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

Film Release

Dec 18 James Cameron's "Avatar" starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, released in the US, becomes highest-grossing film of all time

  • Dec 19 Former Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay

Historic Event

Dec 25 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 years in prison in Beijing, China for "inciting subversion of state power"

  • Dec 25 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempts a terrorist attack against the US while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253
  • Dec 27 The World Health Organization says 208 countries, territories and communities have reported H1N1 cases, including at least 12,220 deaths
  • Dec 28 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.

Theater Premiere

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