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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 2009 AD


January 1: Czech Republic assumes EU presidency
January 1: Slovakia replaces its national currency, the Slovak koruna, with the Euro
January 3: Israel launches an invasion of the Gaza strip
January 7: Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, endorses Russia's decision to turn off gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine
January 13: After two years of trying to maintain order, Ethiopian military forces start pulling out of Somalia
January 15: U.S. Airways plane ditches in the Hudson River - all 155 passengers survive
January 17: Israel declares a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza War, effective January 18, as Hamas declares a ceasefire of its own
January 20: Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States


February 1: The Russian Orthodox Church enthrones Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church
February 2: Iran launches first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit
February 7: Melbourne, Australia records highest-ever temperature, sparking the deadliest brushfires in Australian history
February 10: A large amount of space debris is created when a Russan and American satellite collide over Siberia
February 11: Morgan Tsvangirai becomes Prime Minister of Zimbabwe after agreeing to share power with President Robert Mugabe
February 26: Former Serbian President Milan Mulutinovic is acquitted of war crimes during the Kosovo War


March 2: Joao Bernardo Vierira, President of Guinea-Bissau is assassinated during an armed attack on his residence in Bissau
March 4: An arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is issued for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur
March 4: Eight people are killed, several injured, after gunmen attack a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketeers in Lahore, Pakistan
March 17: Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar, is overthrown. New President, Andry Rajoelina, is appointed by the military
March 27: At least 99 people are killed after flash flooding and the failure of the Situ Gintung dam in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia


April 2: At the 21st NATO Summit, new Secretary General, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is appointed
April 6: Nearly 300 people are killed and 1,500 injured near L'Aquila, Italy, after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes
April 7: Former President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, receives 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces
April 17: The 5th Summit of the Americas takes place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, thirty-four heads of government attend
April 24: Concern about spreading influenza from Mexico and the United States to other countries is expressed by the WHO


May 4: Peace talks witht he Tuareg rebel groups in north Niger are held by the President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou
May 9: A large column of advancing rebels are defeated by Chadian forces
May 18: The C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group meets for the third time in Seoul
May 23: Under investigation for bribery during his Presidency, former President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, commits suicide
May 25: North Korea announces a successful nuclear test in North Hamgyong, the U.N. Security Council condems the test


June 1: En route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic ocean, killing all 228 on board
June 11: The "swine flu", the H1N1 influenza strain is the first condition deemed a global pandemic since the Hong Kong flu of 1967 - 1968
June 18: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/LCROSS is launched by NASA to probe the Moon
June 25: Internet traffic reaches unprecedented levels after entertainer Michael Jackson's death triggers an outpouring of worldwide grief
June 30: One person out of 183 passengers and crew survives the crash of Yemenia Flight 626 off the coast of Moroni, Comoros


July 1: Sweden takes over the presidency of the European Union
July 15: Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes near Qazvin, Iran, all 168 on board are killed
July 16: The parliament of Iceland votes to pursue joining the European Union
July 22: A solar eclipse, the longest in history, lasts up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean
July 25: Dozens are killed and injured when wildfires spread across France, Spain, Sardinia and Greece
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