Some Memorable Moments in 2009

 – Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.

 – 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.

 – The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.

– Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.

– A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.

– US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.

– Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States’ first African-American president

– Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.

– Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

– In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

– Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of State in the modern world.

– The United States Navy guided missile cruiser Port Royal runs aground off Oahu, Hawaii, damaging the ship as well as a coral reef.

– Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history.

– Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo in the state of New York killing 50 people.

– Unix time passed 1,234,567,890 seconds February 13, 2009 at exactly 23:31:30 (UTC).

– BDR massacre in Pilkhana, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 74 People are being killed, including more than 50 Army officials, by Bangladeshi Boarder Guards inside its headquarter.

– The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.

– The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapses.

– The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.

– Winnenden school shooting – 17 people are killed at a school in Germany.

– Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.

– Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.

– Croatia and Albania joined NATO

– Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

– 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.

– A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L’Aquila, Italy, killing at least 253.

– Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.

– U.S. Navy rescues captain Richard Phillips, killing three pirates and capturing a fourth.

– President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue

– The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 it’s observed for 10 seconds as the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.

– Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

– Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured.

– The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq.

– Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.

– An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.

– Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

– Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

– North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.

– 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 were killed.

– General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.

– A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home. Witnesses say the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest and exited her foot. Her 9-year-old son franticly called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital.

– Protests in Iran following the presidential election.

– TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

– 2009 Washington Metro subway crash: Two Metro trains collide in Washington, D.C., USA, killing 9 and injuring over 80.

– Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor

– Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.

– The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.

– Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam (tennis) in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.

– Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China

– Jadranka Kosor became first female Prime minister of Croatia.

– A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.

– Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners.

– Five members of one family are found murdered at Epping, New South Wales.

– Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.

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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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