2009 (MMIX) is the current year of the Anno Domini/Common Era in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. It is a common year starting on Thursday and the last year of the 2000s decade.
2009 has been designated as the:
- February 1 - Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow is enthroned as the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
- February 1 - Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is appointed as the new Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the world's first openly gay head of government.
- February 2 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has launched its own satellite, "Omid", into orbit on an Iranian-built rocket.
- February 7- The deadliest bushfires in Australian history begin; they kill 210 people, injure 500 more, and leave 7,500 homeless. The fires come after Melbourne records the highest-ever temperature (46.4°C, 115°F) of any capital city in Australia. Both arson  and global warming  are suspected causes.
- February 8 - The Taliban releases a video which shows Polish geologist Piotr Stańczak, who was abducted by the Taliban on September 28, 2008, being beheaded. It is the first killing of a Western hostage in Pakistan since American journalist Daniel Pearl was beheaded in 2002.
- February 10 - A Russian and an American satellite collide over Siberia, creating a large amount of space debris.
- February 11 - Morgan Tsvangirai is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Zimbabwe following the power-sharing deal between him and President Robert Mugabe signed in September, 2008.
- February 12 - Darwin Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin,   is commemorated at the London Natural History Museum and elsewhere.
- February 12 - Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes into a home in Clarence Center, a suburb of Buffalo, New York, killing 49 on the plane and one on the ground. 
- February 16 - The trial of former Khmer Rouge leader Kang Kek Iew begins in Phnom Penh, 30 years after Cambodian leader Pol Pot was overthrown.
- February 17 - The JEM rebel group in Darfur, Sudan sign a pact with the Sudanese government, planning a ceasefire within the next 3 months.
- February 25 - Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 135 passengers on board, crashes into a field outside Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, killing nine and injuring 84.
- February 25 - Members of the Bangladesh Rifles paramilitary force begin mutinying. Over 80 are killed.
Predicted and scheduled events
See main article: Deaths in 2009.
- January 1 - Nizar Rayan, Palestinian military and political leader (b. 1959)
- January 1 - Johannes Mario Simmel, Austrian writer (b. 1924)
- January 1 - Helen Suzman, South African activist and politician (b. 1917)
- January 3 - Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
- January 11 - Pio Laghi, Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal (b. 1922)
- January 12 - Claude Berri, French film director (b. 1934)
- January 12 - Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
- January 13 - Patrick McGoohan, Irish-American actor (b. 1928)
- January 14 - Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican-American actor (b. 1920)
- January 15 - Said Seyam, Palestinian politician (b. 1957)
- January 16 - Andrew Wyeth, American painter (b. 1917)
- January 20 - Stéphanos II Ghattas, Egyptian Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 1920)
- January 27 - John Updike, American writer (b. 1932)
- January 27 - R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
- January 30 - Ingemar Johansson, Swedish boxer (b. 1932)
Major Religious holidays
Computer and video games
Set in 2009:
- Macross (1982-1983) (adapted outside Japan as the first part of Robotech): The alien Zentradi arrive at Earth on February 7 (February 9 in Robotech), triggering the devastating Space War I or First Robotech War.
- Family Matters: In the 1994 episode "Father of the Bride", Carl Winslow sleeps for fifteen years and wakes up in the year 2009 where main characters Steve Urkel and Laura Winslow are married with four children.
- Charmed ("Morality Bites," 1999) Phoebe Halliwell is executed on February 26 by burning at the stake for murdering a man with her powers.
- Batman Beyond (1999 - 2001): In the episode "Out of the Past," it is revealed that sometime in 2009, Batman fought Ra's al Ghul in an incident they referred to as "The Near-Apocalypse of 09." An incident that Ra's has started.
- Blue Gender (1999-2000): A vicious new disease breaks out forcing Yuji Kaido and other infected humans into cryogenic stasis until a cure can be found.
- Dark Angel (2000-2002): Max Guevara and her "brothers and sisters" escape from Manticore in 2009. America is devastated by an electromagnetic pulse later in the same year.
- Ultraman Nexus (2004-2005) is set in 2009, acting as a sequel to the 2004 film Ultraman: The Next which was set in its production year.
- The West Wing ("The Ticket," 2005): Former President Jed Bartlet opens his presidential library in New Hampshire and chats with some of his former staffers.
- 2007 television series The Sarah Jane Adventures is set in this time, the earliest January following "a year and a half" after Doctor Who episode "School Reunion".
- The Doctor Who episode Last of the Time Lords is set mainly in this year. Also Series 4 of the show is set in 2009 with the episode Partners In Crime, The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky and The Stolen Earth/Journey's End. The events of the Turn Left parallel universe takes place partly here too.
Notes and References
- Web site: News Release - IAU0606: The International Astronomical Union announces the International Year of Astronomy 2009. October 27, 2006. International Astronomical Union. 2008-11-01.
- Web site: The International Year of Astronomy 2009. IYA2009. 2008-11-01.
- Web site: Europeans shiver as Russia cuts gas shipments.
- Web site: Warning over new US travel rules.
- News: Somali joy as Ethiopians withdraw. 2009-01-13. BBC News. News article. 2. 2009-01-25.
- http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6606410 Scott Curkin. "Gov't official says 'bird strike' cause of crash." WABC. New York. Online. January 15, 2009.
- Ruane. Michael. D.C.'s Inauguration Head Count: 1.8 Million. 2009-01-22. 2009-01-20. Washington Post.
- News: Obama orders Guantanamo closure. 2009-01-22. BBC. News video. 1. 2009-01-22.
- Web site: Tsvangirai sworn in Zimbabwe PM. 2009-02-11. BBC News. BBC. 2009-02-11.
- News: Darwin the naturalist left evolutionary mark. Porter. Mary Jean. 2009-01-28. The Pueblo Chieftain. 2009-01-28.
- Web site: Call for public holiday to celebrate Darwin. 2009-01-22. MSNBC/Associated Press. 2009-01-29.
- News: Evolution can coexist with God. Sharma. Mukul. 2009-01-23. Economic Times. 2009-01-29.
- Web site: Gunmen shoot Sri Lanka cricketers. 3 March 2009. BBC News. 3 March 2009.
- Web site: http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUS123622821727. 4 March 2009. Reuters. 4 March 2009.
- http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/06/09/10219878.html Burj Dubai completion delayed by another eight to nine months
- http://burjdubai.com/MediaCenter/PressReleases/2008September01.asp Burj Dubai now a record 688 meters tall and continues to rise
- http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/announcement_081007c.htm Written Statement of the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary regarding the Supreme Court
- Web site: NASA's Shuttle and Rocket Missions. NASA.
- http://www.cop15.dk/en COP15, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen 2009