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Events in History in December 2009

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

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

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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.