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2009 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2009 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Yankees|
Superbowl XLIII Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
|Los Angeles Lakers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Juan Martin del Potro/Kim Clijsters|
|Roger Federer/Serena Williams|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 2009 - Virginia Tech
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2009 - USC over Penn State
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 2009 - Utah over Alabama
Puppy Bowl V: February 1, 2009 Most Valuable Puppy: Matilda (a Beagle)
|Mine That Bird|
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Clissexx Three Grinchy Glee|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Kristen Dalton (North Carolina)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Christina Aguilera, Malin Akerman, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Moon Bloodgood, Jordana Brewster, Alison Brie, Jordana Brewster, Rose Byrne, Katie Cassidy, Emilia Clarke, Penelope Cruz, Alexandra Daddario, Brooklyn Decker, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Dormer, Eliza Dushku, Anna Faris, Jenna Fischer, Megan Fox, Karen Gillan, Jessica Gomes, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Julianne Hough, January Jones, Rashida Jones, Kim Kardashian, Ellie Kemper, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Evangeline Lilly, Adriana Lima, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, AnnaLynne McCord, Leighton Meester, Eva Mendez, Lea Michele, Marisa Miller, Olivia Munn, Rachel Nichols, Michelle Obama, Katy Perry, Bar Refaeli, Rihanna, Zoe Saldana, Allison Scagliotti, Amanda Seyfried, Britney Spears, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Wilde|
|"You guys might not know this, but I consider
myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf
pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my
own. And my wolf pack... it grew by one. So there... there were two
of us in the wolf pack... I was alone first in the pack, and then
Doug joined in later. And six months ago, when Doug introduced me
to you guys, I thought, "Wait a second, could it be?" And
now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack. Four
of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking
for strippers and cocaine. So tonight, I make a toast!"
- Alan, from The Hangover
2009 Pop Culture History
Canada passed the "Apology Act", establishing that apologizing
to someone after an incident cannot be used in court against the
person who apologized to establish their guilt or liability.
Comedian Eddie Izzard completed 43 marathons in 51 days despite
having no history of long-distance running.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Golfer Tiger Woods allegedly took part in extramarital
affairs with ten women including Playboy model Loredana Jolie and
porn star Holly Sampson.
Chris Brown's battery charges against Rihanna and the shocking picture of her black eye that surfaced on the internet.
Eric Schmidt, Google's Chairman, said "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" when confronted about the search engine's privacy policies.
A female serial killer named "Phantom of Heilbronn" was linked to 40 crimes, six of which were murders. In 2009 it was discovered that she didn't exist and her DNA was simply contamination from the cotton swabs used at the crime scenes.
George Vera, an obese Houston Texas man who was a felony suspect, was able to hide a pistol so well in the flabs of his skin that it wasn't found in five searches from police and other authorities. It was only after he confessed to a guard that the gun was found.
Richard and Mayumi Heene of Fort Collins, Colorado claimed their 6-year-old child was trapped inside a gas balloon that floated up to altitudes of 7,000 feet. The incident received mass media attention but turned out to be a hoax.
Rapper Coolio attempted to stage dive. Nobody caught him, he was beaten up and had his shoes stolen.
General Motors declared bankruptcy, took billions in government bailout money and issued new stock for the "new GM," with no compensation for the old shareholders now worthless "old GM" stock.
Burger King had a promo where if you deleted 10 Facebook friends you'd receive a free Whopper.
Kanye West did not let Taylor Swift finish at the MTV VMA awards and interrupts her during her acceptance speech.
When the news broke that Michael Jackson died, Twitter, Wikipedia and AOL Instant Messenger temporarily crashed. Google initially believed that the millions of search requests meant their search engine was under DDoS attack, and blocked searches related to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes.
Michael Jackson, The King of Pop, died while preparing for a series of concerts.
Photo: Presidents Obama (US) and Sarkozy (France) noticed this young woman. French presidents are known for 'noticing' pretty young women, but American presidents normally don't get photographed in such positions.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, Sony's PSP Go, Wii, Dora the EXplorer
Links Doll, Mindflex, Barbie Three Musketeers, Rubik's 360, Twilight
merchandise, Transformers toys, Zhu Zhu Pets, New Super Mario Bros
Food Network Magazine began publication
|Reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown|
The First Viral Selfie
|Melissa and her husband Jackson Brandts were exploring
Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada, when a ground squirrel
photobombed their timed picture.
2009/10 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. American Idol (FOX)
2. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
3. NCIS (CBS)
4. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
5. The Mentalist (CBS)
6. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
7. Undercover Boss (CBS)
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
9. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
10. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2009 include
Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat, Flo Rida, George Straite, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Pink, Rihanna, Sugarland, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 2009
|December 13, 2008 - January 16, 2009: Beyoncé - Single
Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
January 17, 2009 - February 6, 2009: Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
February 7, 2009 - February 20, 2009: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
February 21, 2009 - February 27, 2009: Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent - Crack a Bottle
February 28, 2009 - April 10, 2009: Flo Rida - Right Round
April 11, 2009 - April 17, 2009: Lady Gaga - Poker Face
April 18, 2009 - July 10, 2009: The Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow
July 11, 2009 - October 16, 2009: The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
October 17, 2009 - October 23, 2009: Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne - Down
October 24, 2009 - November 6, 2009: Britney Spears - 3
November 7, 2009 - November 13, 2009: Owl City - Fireflies
November 14, 2009 - November 27, 2009: Jason Derülo - Whatcha Say
November 28, 2009 - January 1, 2010: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
(according to boxofficemojo)
2012, Avatar, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squakquel, The Blind Side, District 9, Fast and Furious, G.I. Joe: The Riose of Cobra, The Hangover, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Moon, Night At the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Proposal, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Up, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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