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Historical Events in 2009 (Part 2)

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  • Aug 2 US Open Senior Men's Golf, Crooked Stick GC: Fred Funk wins by 6 strokes from Joey Sindelar with a tournament record score (-20)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Catriona Matthew wins her lone major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Karrie Webb; first Scot to win the title

Golfer Karrie Webb
Golfer
Karrie Webb

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 and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-Songwriter Kesha
Singer-Songwriter
Kesha
  • Aug 11 "Need You Now" album released by Lady Antebellum (Billboard Album of the Year 2010)
  • 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 Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Yang Yong-eun of South Korea wins his first major title by 3 strokes from Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 16 Usain Bolt of Jamaica edges American Tyson Gay to win 100m in world record 9.58s at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin

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 Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m
  • Aug 23 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Rich Harvest Farms: US wins 3rd consecutive Cup 16-12; win 8 of 12 singles to dominate final day
  • Aug 23 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Mike Reid wins his second Champions Tour major with birdie on first playoff hole against John Cook
  • Aug 24 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession
  • Aug 24 "Love Like Crazy" single released by Lee Brice (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Aug 31 The Walt Disney Company announces it will acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion
  • 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 6 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Priddis Greens GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 5 strokes from a group of 5 players
  • 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.

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters becomes first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3

Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters
  • Sep 12 South Africa claims 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series with 32-29 win over defending champions New Zealand in Hamilton; Steyn bros dominate with the boot; Morné kicks 2 penalties, 2 conversions & dropped goal; François, 3 penalties

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 13 26th MTV Video Music Awards: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift & T.I. f/ Rihanna win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna

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

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 14 US Open Men's Tennis: Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina wins his first Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 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
Director
Lee Daniels

Film tv awardsEmmy 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 22 Crime drama "NCIS LA" starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Daniela Ruah premieres on CBS

Actor Chris O'Donnell
Actor
Chris O'Donnell
Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • Sep 29 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a third and final Mercury flyby
  • Oct 2 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rio de Janeiro, Brazil rights to host 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 "Stan Lee Day" declared by County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 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 4 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Jay Haas wins his third and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Oct 5 Australia wins cricket's Champions Trophy at Centurion Park in Gauteng, South Africa by 6 wickets (28 balls remaining) v New Zealand; chasing 200, Shane Watson is 105 not out in Australia's 206/4

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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
Psychiatrist
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
  • Oct 11 Presidents Cup Golf, Harding Park GC: US down International team, 19½–14½; their 2nd consecutive win by that score and 3rd straight overall

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 18 British Mercedes driver Jenson Button finishes 5th in Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship
  • 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 22 Microsoft releases Windows 7
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 British Mercedes driver Jenson Button finishes 3rd in inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 11 points from Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams clash in the season-ending WTA Championship decider at Doha, Qatar; Serena wins 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

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 World Series Baseball: NY Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win Bronx Bombers' record 27th title; MVP: NY outfielder Hideki Matsui
  • 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 6 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Man of Iron, Tapitsfly, She Be Wild, Midday, Informed Decision, Life Is Sweet
  • Nov 7 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Pounced, California Flag, Dancing In Silks, Vale of York, Goldikova, Furthest Land, Conduit, Zenyatta
  • Nov 8 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Reggio Calabria, Italy: Flavia Pennetta beats American Melanie Oudin 7-5, 6-2 to give the home team an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-0) and their 2nd title
  • Nov 9 Joe Cada becomes the youngest champion of the World Series of Poker's main event.
  • Nov 11 43rd Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins
  • Nov 13 The Netherlands officially exits the recession after experiencing 0.4% growth in the third quarter, but recovery for the Netherlands still remains fragile as the country is highly dependent on exports to maintain the recovery
  • Nov 13 Germany's growth of 0.7% in the third quarter helps lead the Eurozone out of the recession after providing overall growth of 0.4% in the same period, with the whole European Union growing 0.2%, it is reported today
  • Nov 14 The National Statistical Service of Greece states that the country has been in recession since the beginning of the year

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 16 "The Twilight Saga: New Moon", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Chris Weitz, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Nov 20 The Mexican government declares its economy technically out of recession after 2.93% GDP growth in the third quarter of 2009; Mexico had been in a severe economic crisis for over a year prior to its economic rebound
  • Nov 22 36th American Music Awards: Taylor Swift & Michael Jackson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 President Hugo Chávez states that Venezuela is in recession as the economy contracted 4.5% in the third quarter

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • Nov 23 Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines
  • Nov 23 Susan Boyle releases her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” (biggest selling album worldwide 2009, 2010 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • Nov 23 Fela! based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, opens on Broadway
  • Nov 25 Flooding in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; powerful storm brings 3 years worth of rain in 4 hours, killing over 150 people and sweeping thousands of cars away during Hajj
  • Nov 27 74th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 26-21 in Auburn
  • Nov 29 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: Montreal Alouettes come from behind to beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 28–27 on a 33-yard Damon Duval field goal as time runs out
  • Nov 29 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia wins his only ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Argentine star Juan Martín del Potro in the final in London, England
  • Nov 30 Canada begins its recovery from the recession; economic growth is at 0.4% after 14 months of economic stagnation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 José Mujica announced as the winner of the run-off election in Uruguay the day before and president-elect

President of Uruguay José Mujica
President of Uruguay
José Mujica

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
  • 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.

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

PandemicSwine Flu Pandemic

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
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  • Dec 25 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempts a terrorist attack against the US while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Writer and Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo
Writer and Human Rights Activist
Liu Xiaobo
  • 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"