Jan.10: The UN calls for probe into possible Israeli war crimes. The toll surged to 821 and more than 3,300 people injured.
Jan.11: British Director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s novel Q and A, emerges big winner at the 66th annual Golden Globes Awards in
. Composer AR Rahman bags best composer honors, the first Indian to win the award. Australian actor Heath Ledger earns a posthumous Golden Globe for his role in Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight, while British star Kate Winslet wins two awards for best drama actor in Beverly Hills, California Revolutionary Road and supporting actor in The Reader.
Jan.15: All 155 people on board a US Airways Pilot jetliner have a miraculous escape after the plane is landed in the Hudson River near
Manhattan’s commuter ferry terminals following a bird hit after take off from New York’s . LaGuardia Airport
Jan.20: Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in the 44th President of the
breaking color barrier. Joe Biden takes oath as the 47th Vice President. U.S.
Jan.21: The U.S President Barack Obama orders suspension of trial proceedings by the military tribunals in
. Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
In a rare do-over, Barack Obama is sworn in for the second time as the U.S. President.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in the U.S. Secretary of State in
. Washington DC
Jan.22: The U.S. President Barack Obama orders closure of the
Guantanamo Bay military detention centre in within a year. Cuba
launches the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellites, the world’s first satellite dedicated to monitoring greenhouse gas emission from Tanegashima, a small island. Japan
Feb.1: Johanna Sigurdardottir takes over as
’s first woman Prime Minister. Iceland
Rafael Nadal wins the men’s title of the Australian Open.
Feb.8: Slumdog Millionaire sweeps the
of Film and Television Arts awards winning seven major awards, including for Best Film, Best Direction and AR Rahman’s music. British Academy
Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain wins Grammy in the contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album ‘Global Drum Project’.
Feb.13: The U.S. Congress gives nod for a $787 billion stimulus package.
Feb.14: King Abdullah of
appoints for the first time a woman Noura al-Fayez, Deputy Minister for girl’s education. Saudi Arabia
Nikkitasha Marhawa, an Indian-American from
Chicago is crowned Miss India worldwide 2009 at an event in . Durban, South Africa
Feb.16: The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wins referendum on scrapping term limits for elected posts, paving the way for his seeking re-election in 2012 and beyond.
Feb.22: Slumdog Millionaire, a small budget British film bags eight Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards function in Hollywood, including Best Director (Danny Boyle), Original Music Score and Song (AR Rahman, the first Indian to get two Oscars), Sound Mixing (Resul Pookutty shared it with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke), Best Picture.
Smile Pinki, the tale of a little girl with a cleft lip, Pinki Sonkar from Uttar Pradesh gets Oscar for Best Documentary (Short).
March 1: Chang’e-1,
’s first lunar probe impacts the Moon ending its 16-month mission. China
March 3: Five members of the Sri Lankan cricket team are injured as a dozen gunmen ambush the moving convoy of vehicles transporting the team in
’s Liberty Chowk. Lahore
March 11: Virender Sehwag scores
India’s fastest ODI hundred against host . New Zealand
software pioneer Charles Simonyi becomes the first person to travel twice to space as a tourist as he blasts off to the International Space Station on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe. U.S.
Russian-French mathematician Mikhail Leondovich Gromov is chosen for the Abel Prize for 2009.
March 28: Ninety countries take part in ‘Earth Hour 2009’, a global event in which landmarks and homes go dark to highlight the threat from climate change.
wins the FA Cup, beating Everton in the final. Chelsea
April 2: The G 20 summit in
pledges $1.1 trillion to boost global economic growth. Leaders agree on measures to reform the banking system. London
April 3: Najib Tun Razak is sworn in
’s sixth Prime Minister in the capital Kuala Lampur. Malaysia
returns to the NATO fold at the both anniversary summit of the Organization at Strasburg. France Albania and become new members. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is named the next Secretary-General. Croatia
April 26: The WHO declares the swine flu caused by the virus H1N1 that has claimed many lives in
Mexico and spread to the U.S. and a “public health event of international concern”. New Zealand
April 28: The WHO raises swine flu alert level. The epidemic spreads to
West Asia and Asia-Pacific regions.
May 1: The first confirmed case of swine flu- now termed AH1N1 flu by the WHO in Asia is recorded in
The British Government appoints Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy the country’s first woman poet Laureate.
May 21: Former British Gorkha soldiers win a major victory after the government accepts their demand to settle in
Apa Sherpa of
Nepal who lives in the U.S. Mount Everest for a record 19th time. climbs
May 24: Australian Director Michael Haneki’s The White Ribbon is awarded the Palme d’or at the
film festival. Cannes
May 27: Canadian short story writer Alice Munro wins the 60,000 pound Man Booker International Prize.
May 28: Indian-American teenager Kavya Shivshankar wins the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in
June 11: The WHO declares a swine flu pandemic the first global flu epidemic in41 years as infectious climb up to nearly 30,000 cases.
June 12: The United Nations Security Council votes unanimously to slap tougher sanctions on
. North Korea
June 13: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan are declared ‘Actors of the Decade’ at the International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony in
June 17: The U.S. President Barack Obama extends partial federal benefits to same-sex partners of
government workers. U.S.
June 18: The U.S. Senate votes to offer a formal apology for slavery and segregation inflicted on African-Americans.
June 23: Indian-born Briton Lord Swraj Paul to be appointed a Privy Councillor.
June 25: Pop King Michael Jackson (50) dies at the
UCLA Medical Center, after arriving in a coma. His entertainment career hit high water marks with the release of “Thriller” in 1982. Los Angeles
announces the passing of a first of its kind law to facilitate the fair settlement of land disputes. China
June 29: Convicted swindler Bernard Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in prison for fraud by a
The Honduran Congressional President, Roberto Micheletti is sworn in the nation’s President.
July 2: Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano is elected the new chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
July 5: Roger Federer wins a record 15th grand slam by triumphing at
July 7: The U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian Counterpart Dmitry Medvedev sign a pact that sets a new limit on 1675 on nuclear warheads after the first Russian-American Summit in eight years in
July 10: The Major Economies Forum Summit in
L’Aquila, arrives at a “historic consensus” on concrete goals on climate change. Italy
A new General Motors emerges from bankruptcy under a
U.S. government plan to rescue the troubled auto giant. U.S.
July 18: Mandela Day launched as the former South African President Nelson Mandela turns 91
July 20: NASA observes 40th anniversary of first human landing on the moon.
July 21: The U.S. State Department backs restricting transfers of enrichment and reprocessing technology to
July 24: Usain Bolt powers away from a top-class field to win the 100 meters event at the London Grand Prix.
July 25: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is declared re-elected by a landslide margin.
Aug. 3: Anders Fogh Rasmussen assumes office as NATO Secretary-General.
Indian social activists Deep Joshi, Ka Hsaw Wa of
Myanmar, Yu Xiaogang and Ma Jun of China, Antonio Oposa Jr. of the Philippines and Krisana Kraisintu of are named winners of the Raman Magsaysay Award for 2009. Thailand
Aug. 6: The U.S. Senate confirms Puerto Rican Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Aug. 8: Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Hispanic Justice and third female member in the court’s 220-year history.
Aug. 12: The U.S. President Barack Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 16 luminaries, including physicist Stephen Hawking, actor Sydney Poitier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and tennis great Billie Jean King.
researchers discover a way to identify drugs that can specifically attack and kill cancer cells. U.S.
Aug. 16: Usain Bolt breaks his own world record in the 100 meter event as he cloaks 9.54 seconds, at the World Championship in
Aug. 20: Usain Bolt breaks the world record, cloaking 19.19 seconds in the 200 meter event at the World Championship.
Venezuela’s Stefania Fernandez is crowned Miss Universe 2009 by incumbent crown holder and compatriot Dayana Mendoza at a pageant in the . Bahamas
Aug. 24: The publisher of the world’s largest circulatedmagazine Reader’s Digest files for bankruptcy protection in the
,an Israeli film bags the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. An Iranean film Zanan Bedoone Mardan bags the Silver Lion. Colin Firth gets the best actor award in Tom Ford’s A Single Man and Tsenia Rappoport is given the best woman actor award for her role in the Italian film La Doppia Ora. Lebanon
Sept. 16: Yukio Hatoyama is appointed as
’s Prime Minister. Japan
Sept. 22: Irina,
’s former Foreign Minister becomes the first woman to head UNESCO. Bokova, Bulgaria
Sept. 24: World powers adopt a landmark resolution seeking to rid the planet of nuclear arms at an unprecedented U.N. Security Council Summit chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Scientists report a breakthrough in the quarts century fight against HIV AIDS after an experimental vaccine cuts risk of infection in humans.
Sept. 27: The German Chancellor Angela Merkel wins a second four-year term.
Sept. 29: At least 150 people are killed as a Tsunami triggered by an earthquake flattens villages in the
South Pacific Islands of Samoa and . American Samoa
Oct. 1: The People’s Republic of
th anniversary celebrations. stages the largest military display in its history as part of its 60 China
Oct. 1: Gautam Gambhir wins the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year Award while M.S.Dhoni wins the ODI Player of the Year Award.
Oct. 2: Marking the International Day of Non-Violence, the United Nations releases a stamp on Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 140th birth anniversary.
Oct. 5: Americans Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak win the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres- a vital factor in cell ageing. The trio had won the 2006 Lasker Prize for the same work.
Oct. 6: Three Americans Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith share the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing fibre-optic cable and the senson at the heart of digital cameras.
British Novelist Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, a historical novel about the rise of King Henry VIII’s adviser Thomas Cromwell wins the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
Oct. 7: India-born American Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and fellow American Thomas Steitz along with Israeli Ada Yonath share the 2009 Chemistry Nobel Prize for showing how the ribosome, which produces protein, functions at the atomic level using X-Ray crystallography.
Oct. 8: Herta Mueller, a member of
’s ethnic German minority wins the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Romania
Oct. 9: The U.S. President Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009
Oct. 12: Americans Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson win the 2009 Economics Nobel Prize for their analysis of economic governance. Ostrom is the first woman to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences since its inception in 1968.
Oct. 13: Alyn Ware of
New Zealand, Congo’s Rene Ngongo, David Suzuki of and Australian-born physician Catherine Hamlin are named co-winners of the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, the so-called “alternative Nobel”. Canada
Oct. 16: Queen Elizabeth II formally opens the
United Kingdom’s Supreme Court situated in ’s London Parliament Square. It was established on October 1.
Oct. 17: The Maldivian Cabinet signs a declaration appealing to global leaders to save their atoll nation from being swamped by rising sea water after a underwater meeting in Girifushi near the capital Male.
Oct. 20: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyona begins the second five-year term as
’s first directly elected President. Indonesia
’s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is re-elected for a fifth term. He took power in a bloodless coup in 1987. Tunisia
China’s fastest super computer Tianhe(Milky Way) is unveiled on the National University of Defence Technology campus in province. Changsha, Hunan
Nov. 6: The United Nations General Assembly endorses the 575-page report by South African Jurist Richard Goldstone that focuses on alleged war crimes during the 22-day
conflict early this year. Gaza
Nov. 7: The U.S. House of Representatives approves healthcare bill in a 220-215 squeaker.
honors Mikhail Kalashnikou, father of the world’s most famous gun AK-47, with the country’s highest award, Hero of Russia. Russia
Nov. 15: Sachin Tendulkar completes 20 years in International cricket.
Nov. 20: The Big Bang machine or the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, starts operating again 14 months after a technical snag caused one tonne of Helium to leak into the 27 kilometer tunnel that houses it.
Dubai World, the fulcrum of the economy asks for a standstill agreement to delay repayment by six months on most of its $59 billion of debt. United Arab Emirates
Nov. 29: Jose Mujica, the former leftist Tupamaro guerrilla fighter is elected
Nov. 30: The Big Bang Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research near
creates a world record by accelerating beams to the highest energy ever achieved in a particle collider. Geneva
Porfirio “Pepe” Lebo is elected
Dec. 4: The Nepal Cabinet holds a historic meeting at the Everest Base Camp in Kalapatthar at an attitude of 17,192 feet to highlight damage to the
Himalayas due to climate change. An Everest Decleration is issued.
Dec. 6: Indian cricket team reaches the No.1 status in ICC Test Rankings.
Dec. 7: Bolivian President Evo Morales wins landslide victoryin general elections, seeking a second term.
The U.N. Climate Change Conference 2009 of 194 nations opens at
. Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec. 10: The U.S. President Barack Obama is presented the Nobel Prize for 2009 in
Tamil Nadu born Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, one of the three winners of the Chemistry Nobel receives the prize at a gala ceremony in
Dec. 12: Gibralttar’s Kaiane Aldorino is crowned Miss World 2009 at a glittering ceremony in
Dec. 14: African nations walk out of the U.N. climate change talks against efforts by rich nations to “kill
Dec. 19: The “Copenhagen Accord”, a non-binding agreement of sorts is cobbled together after a marathon all-night plenary session at the climate change conference.
Dec. 22: Lionel Messi claims the World Player-Of-The-Year Award during the FIFA award function in
Dec. 24: The U.S. Senate nod for landmark healthcare overhaul. Nod for Rajiv Shah’s nominations as USAID chief.
begins a high speed train service on the Wuhan-Guangzhou route. China