Information for the Year 2009

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  • Jan. 31: Iraq holds local elections to create provincial councils. More than 14,000 people run for just 440 seats on councils around the country.
  • Feb. 1: Johanna Sigurdardottir takes office as Iceland's first female prime minister.
  • Oct. 2:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil wins the bid for the 2016 Olympics and will be the first South American city to host the Games. Rio beat Tokyo, Madrid, and Chicago.
  • Population:   6,800,000,000
  • Nobel Peace Prize:  Barack Obama (U.S) for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" .
  • Jan. 15: After allegedly striking a flock of geese, US Airways Flight 1549, en route from La Guardia Airport, New York City, to Charlotte, N.C., is forced to land in the Hudson River. All 150 passengers and 5 crew members survived. The pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, was hailed as the "Hero of the Hudson" for his quick thinking and deft landing of the plane.
  • Jan. 20: Hundreds of thousands of people watched in front of the Capitol as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are sworn into office. Obama makes history as the first African-American president.
  • May 26: President Obama announces his nomination of New York federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
  • Oct. 1: President Obama signs an executive order banning federal workers from texting while driving.
  • June 1: General Motors files for bankruptcy and announces it will close 14 plants in the United States.
  • President:  Barack Obama
  • Vice President:  Joe Biden
  • Population:   310 million
  • Life expectancy:  78.1 years
  • US GDP (2009 dollars):  $14,620.0 billion
  • Federal spending:  $2,650.0 Billion
  • Federal debt:   $12,300 billion
  • Median Household Income(current dollars):$50,221
  • Consumer Price Index:   214.5
  • Unemployment:   9.3%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.44
  • Super Bowl  Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Arizona Cardinals,(SCORE 27-23)
  • World Series of Baseball  The Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2
  • National Basketball Association Championship  Los Angeles Lakers defeated Orlando Magic, 4 games to 1
  • National Hockey League Stanley Cup  Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Women Wimbledon Tennis  Women: Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 7-6, 6-2
  • Men Wimbledon Tennis  Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick, 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 16-14
  • Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion  Mine That Bird
  • National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship  North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Michigan State Spartans, (SCORE 89-72)
  • National College Athletic Association Football Champions  Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Texas Longhorns, (SCORE 37-21)
  • Major League Baseball launches MLB Network, becoming the last of the four major American sports leagues to launch its own channel.
  • President Barack Obama appears on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, marking the first time a sitting President has appeared on a late night talk show.
  • Sportscaster John Madden announces his retirement at age 73.
  • A memorial service for Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, is broadcast live around the world, with an estimated audience of one billion.
  • Sonia Sotomayor's swearing in as United States Supreme Court Justice marks the first time that a televised event was shown live at the Supreme Court instead of the White House.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture:  Slumdog Millionaire
  • Grammy Award - Record of the Year  Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy  30 Rock - NBC
  • Miss America:  Katie Stam (Seymour, Indiana)
  • May 19: Scientists unveil the fossilized remains of a 47-million-year-old primate, allegedly the ancestor of humans, as well as other modern primates.
  • Nov. 13: Scientists find water on the Moon during NASA's Lcross misson.

 

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