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2009 Historical Event(s)
- January 18, 2009 – Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israeli Defense Forces’s offer of a ceasefire, ending the assault.
- January 26, 2009 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.
- March 12, 2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history.
- April 5, 2009 – North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.
- April 7, 2009 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
- May 31, 2009 – Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder shoots and kills physician George Tiller during church services in Wichita, Kansas.
- June 1, 2009 – Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew are killed.
- July 15, 2009 – Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes in northwestern Iran, killing all 153 aboard.
- October 10, 2009 – Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.
- December 17, 2009 – MV Danny F II sinks off the coast of Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of 44 people and over 28,000 animals.
Who Were Born On 2009?
- March 7, 2009 – Prince Umberto of Savoy
- May 4, 2009 – Prince Henrik of Denmark, Danish royalty