Highlights from the year 2009:
January 15: Plane crashes into Hudson River; All 155 passengers and crew aboard survive.
January 20: Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States.
February 1: Steelers win Super bowl 43, Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.
March 7: NASA launches Kelper Mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, a space photometer, which will search for extra solar planets in the Milky Way galaxy.
April 24: The World Health Organization expresses concern at the spread of influenza from Mexico and the United States to other countries. International cases and resulting deaths are confirmed.
May 13: President Obama proclaims May 2009 as Jewish American Heritage Month.
May 7: Wildfires near Santa Barbara, California burn 3,000 acres of land and force 15,000 people to evacuate.
May 14: Chrysler and General Motors terminates over 1,889 dealerships throughout the United States.
June 25: The death of American entertainers Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett trigger worldwide grief.
July 22: The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century occurred over Asia and the Pacific Ocean. The eclipse lasted 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds.
August 3: Bolivia becomes the first South American country to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves.
September 14: Patrick Swayze, an American actor and dancer passed away (born 1952).
November 4: The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillie's 7-3 in Game 6 to win the 2009 World Series.
December 20: Brittany Murphy, an American actress passed away (born 1977).