2009 was a pretty wild year, a year of new beginnings but also a year where things came to an end.
The year began with Barack Obama being sworn in as the first African American US President and ended with Sony selling their floppy disk for the last time.
Both Farmville and Grindr debuted in 2009, and Avatar was released to cinemas worldwide, making more money than Titanic to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
2009 also saw Michael Jackson’s final performance, just days before his death. Meanwhile, the world was on high alert after the Swine Flue reached pandemic levels.
Continue reading to explore a comprehensive account of the noteworthy events, news stories, musical hits, memorable quotes, and notable deaths that defined 2009.
Prepare to be enthralled by the fascinating stories behind the significant events that unfolded throughout the year 2009.
The cryptocurrency “Bitcoin” was created, providing a new digital currency.
US Airways Flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River, NYC.
After colliding with a pack of Canada geese, the aircraft lost all engine power. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles decided to make an emergency crash landing in the Hudson River. Everyone on board survived!
The USA’s first African-American President, Barack Obama, conducted his first address.
“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America.”
Adrian Hidalgo set the world record for spinning a diabolo around his leg 117 times in 1 minute.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 1 debuted on Logo TV.
BeBe Zahara Benet won the contest snatching a cash prize of $20,000.
173 people died in Victoria, Australia, during the Black Saturday bushfires.
The series of fires had already begun to pop around the state over the previous days but flared up into a wild state on Black Saturday. As a result, countless people lost their homes, livestock, and livelihoods in what is known as the worst bushfire in white Australian history.
R&B superstar Rihanna was assaulted by Chris Brown, her boyfriend at the time.
At exactly 23:31:30 (UTC), Unix time passed 1,234,567,890.
Unix time is the number of seconds passed since a certain point. The Unix time was at 00:00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970. Leap seconds are ignored.
Queen Elizabeth II knighted English fantasy author Terry Pratchett.
After the ceremony, Pratchett said: “You can’t ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood. You know, for two pins, I’d get myself a horse and a sword.”
Brazilian soccer athlete Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. started his professional career at just 17 years old.
NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle launched from the Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-119.
The 156th crewed NASA space flight and 28th Space Shuttle mission to the ISS would have been a completely uneventful trip if it weren’t for a stowaway that tried to hitch a ride. During the countdown, a bat was seen clinging to the shuttle’s external fuel tank. The flight operators thought it would fly away during blast-off, but the bat clung on for quite some time before it was shaken off.
The strain of swine flu known as H1N1 had its first case in the US.
North Korea performed a controversial intercontinental ballistic missile test.
North Korea announced the test was a protest after United Nations Security Council condemned the country.
North Korea launched the infamous Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 satellite.
While North Korea claimed the satellite reached orbit, no reputable international body managed to confirm this.
Texas movie fans were surprised with a special premiere viewing of that year’s Star Trek movie.
Ticket holders were expecting to see a 10-minute preview of the new reboot along with a showing of the classic Star Trek III: The Wrath of Khan but instead were treated with the full version of the film and personal appearances by actor Leonard Nimoy.
The American sitcom “Parks and Recreation” debuted on NBC.
The Zimbabwean dollar was suspended indefinitely.
When the Zimbabwean dollar was introduced in 1980, it was on equal par with the US dollar. However, by 2009 it had to be redenominated three times due to hyperinflation. But, this wasn’t enough to stop the dollar from losing its value and being abandoned for more stable foreign currencies. Banknotes worth one hundred trillion Zimbabwean dollars were being circulated at their worst point.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Sweden.
Justin Bieber made his first tweet at 8:27 pm, promoting his single “One Time.”
NASA’s Atlantis Space Shuttle launched on the final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
STS-125 was the fifth mission to fly to the telescope and perform necessary servicing and upgrades. The mission was originally scheduled for 2006 but was canceled due to safety concerns following the Columbia shuttle disaster. It wasn’t until the head of NASA was replaced that the mission was put back into the schedule. Despite initial concerns, it went off without a hitch.
General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code permits reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the US.
Two American journalists were sentenced to 12 years of penal labor after illegally entering North Korea.
NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the first American lunar mission in ten years.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was launched along with the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) as a part of the US Vision for Space Exploration Program. The LRO created a 3D map that covered 98.2% of the Moon’s surface.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” movie by J.K. Rowling was released.
The American sitcom “Modern Family” premiered on ABC.
EA Games’ FIFA 10, the highest-rated FIFA game made, was released in Europe.
FIFA 10 was a complete game changer for EA games, as it overtook their other titles to become their fastest-selling sports game in Europe. For the most part, this was simply because FIFA 10 was their best version of the game, and with a score of 91 on Metacritic, it likely will remain so for some time!
Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon premiered in Los Angeles.
A sequel to LittleBigPlanet was released for the PlayStation Portable.
This PSP sequel was confusingly called LittleBigPlanet, so it’s often referred to as LittleBigPlanet PSP. Many of the game’s levels look similar to the PS3 sequel, but the story is completely different.
Tiger Woods announced his indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
James Cameron’s “Avatar” was released in the US. It became the highest-grossing film of all time at the time.
US President Barack Obama received a vaccine jab against the swine flu.
Scarlett Johansson made her debut on Broadway.
In the Arthur Miller play “A View from the Bridge,” Scarlett Johansson starred as the lead female role. The play ran for 14 weeks with 81 regular performances and 30 preview showings.
A blue moon and a lunar eclipse occurred on the same day.
The fact that both happened on New Year’s Eve made the event even more special. While we use the expression “once in a blue moon” to refer to something rare, a blue moon is just the second full moon within a calendar month. Unfortunately for spectators, the lunar eclipse was only partial; otherwise, it would have been an incredible sight!
Here’s a glimpse at a few famous people who bid us farewell in 2009.
Here’s a roundup of the most memorable quotes people said in 2009.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life.
2009 In Music
In 2009, the music scene was ablaze with a mix of unforgettable tunes that left an indelible mark on our hearts!
From the electrifying beats of “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas to the heartwarming melody of “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift, these songs became anthems of the year and had us singing our hearts out.
Don’t overlook these music highlights from 2009 that are worth mentioning.
Album of the Year
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’s folk rock collaboration “Raising Sand” soared to new heights in 2009, earning them the Grammy for Album of the Year with their soulful melodies.
Song of the Year
Coldplay’s uplifting and melodic masterpiece “Viva la Vida” secured their victory of the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2009.
Best New Artist
Adele’s powerful voice and emotional ballads won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2009, marking the beginning of her reign as a global superstar.
Eurovision Song Contest Winner
In 2009, the 54th Eurovision Song Contest returned to Moscow, Russia, with a showcase of diverse musical talents.
Alexander Rybak, a charismatic performer from Norway, wowed the audience with his violin skills and catchy song “Fairytale,” claiming a landslide victory and achieving the highest score in Eurovision history.
2009 in Numbers
Let’s explore the world of numbers! 2009 is written as MMIX in Roman numerals and as 11111011001 in binary.
Chinese Zodiac 2009
According to the Chinese calendar, 2009 was the Year of the Ox, which occurs every twelve years.
The Chinese zodiac isn’t just based on animals, though, as the cycle also incorporates the five elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. This makes 2009 the Year of the Earth Ox, which only comes along once every sixty years.
Did you know that the Chinese calendar follows a lunar cycle? That’s why the Year of the Earth Ox actually started on January 26th, and lasted until February 13, 2010.
Those born in the Year of the Ox are typically diligent, reliable, and trustworthy individuals. They are known for their strong work ethic, perseverance, and practical approach to life.
Kylie Jenner and Nash Grier are shining examples of the success and talent that can be found among those born in the Years of the Ox!
Did you know that Bitcoin was first launched in 2009?
On January 3, 2009, bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto mined the first block, earning 50 bitcoins and launching the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin was slow to take off and was valued close to zero cents for its entire initial year, only achieving equality with the US dollar in 2011.