2009 in History – What happened in year 2009


In history, year 2009 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2009.

Know what happened in 2009:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 FebruaryJóhanna Sigurðardóttir became Iceland's first female Prime Minister and the world's first openly gay head of government of the modern era.
01 MayCarol Ann Duffy was elected Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.
02 OctoberThe Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland wasapproved at the second attempt, permitting the state to ratify theEuropean Union's Treaty of Lisbon.
05 FebruaryThe United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal ran aground on a coral reef off the island of Oahu.
07 March Two off-duty soldiers of the British Army's 38 Engineer Regiment were shot dead by the Real IRA in Antrim town, Northern Ireland.
07 MayPolice in Napier, New Zealand, began a 40-hour siege of the home of a former New Zealand Army member who killed several officers during the routine execution of a search warrant.
10 AprilFijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo announced that he had suspended the constitution and assumed all governance in the country after it was ruled that the government of Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama was illegal.
15 July Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashed in northwestern Iran,killing all 168 people aboard.
16 AugustY. E. Yang won the 2009 PGA Championship to become the firstAsian-born golfer to win a men's major golf championship.
17 AugustA turbine at Sayano–Shushenskaya Dam in Khakassia, Russia,broke apart violently, flooding the power station, causing widespreadpower failures, and killing 75 people.
17 July Two suicide bombers detonated themselves at two separate hotelsin Jakarta, Indonesia.
20 JuneDuring the Iranian election protests, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan was captured on video and widely distributed on the Internet,making it 'probably the most widely witnessed death in human history'.
21 November An explosion in a coal mine in Heilongjiang, China, killed 108miners.
24 July The MV Arctic Sea, reportedly carrying timber, was allegedlyboarded by hijackers off the coast of Sweden, but much speculationremains as to the actual cargo and events.
25 DecemberAboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallabattempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear.
25 FebruaryMembers of the Bangladesh Rifles mutinied at its headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh, resulting in 74 deaths.
25 JuneSinger Michael Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest athis Los Angeles home, which authorities later declared a homicide causedby the combination of drugs in his body.
25 MayNorth Korea conducted a nuclear test and several other missiletests that were widely condemned by the international community and ledto sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.
25 November Freak rains caused devastating flooding in Jeddah, SaudiArabia, killing 122 people and stranding thousands of Hajj pilgrims.
26 January Rioting broke out in Antananarivo, Madagascar, sparking a political crisis that led to deposing of President Marc Ravalomanana.
27 November A bomb exploded under a high-speed train travelling betweenMoscow and Saint Petersburg derailing it, killing 28 passengers andinjuring 95 more.
28 JuneHonduran president Manuel Zelaya was ousted by local militaryforces following his attempt to hold a referendum to change the Honduranconstitution so he could serve a second term.
29 January The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt ruled that people who did not adhere to one of the three government-recognised religions are also eligible to receive government identity documents.
30 JuneSchoolgirl Bahia Bakari was the sole survivor when Yemenia Flight626 crashed into the Indian Ocean killing 152 people.
30 March Twelve gunmen attacked the Manawan Police Training School in Lahore, Pakistan, and held it for several hours before security forces were able to retake it.
08 DecemberBombings carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq in Baghdad,Iraq, killed 127 and injured 448.
25 DecemberThe 19th-century St Mel's Cathedral in Longford, considered the'flagship cathedral' of the Irish midlands, was destroyed by fire.
27 DecemberDuring protests in Tehran against the recent presidentialelection, Iranian security forces opened fire on demonstrators on theDay of Ashura.
28 OctoberThe detonation of a car bomb by an as-yet unidentified party inPeshawar, Pakistan, killed 137 people and injured more than 200 others.
20 SeptemberTadhg Kennelly became the first person to win the top prizes inboth Australian rules football and Gaelic football by winning the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final with Kerry.



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