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Historical Events in December 2009

Sport awardFootball Awards

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

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film release premierFilm 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

Actress Zoe Saldana
Actress
Zoe Saldana
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
Actress Sigourney Weaver
Actress
Sigourney Weaver
  • Dec 19 Ex-Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay

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Dec 20 US President Barack Obama receives his vaccine jab against swine flu
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President Barack Obama receives his flu jab during the 2009 swine flu pandemic
President Barack Obama receives his flu jab during the 2009 swine flu pandemic
  • 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 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.

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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