2009 World Facts

Are you looking for 2009 world facts to help you fill out your baby's memory book? You have come to that page in the baby book where you are suppose to fill out all these statistics about the year your baby was born.

If your like most moms, you are too busy to remember what was the best selling book of the year and you have no clue on how much you use to spend for a loaf of bread.

That's ok. This page is filled with the facts to help you complete that baby book page.

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Here is a list of some important facts you may want to include in your baby's memory book.

Top News Stories of 2009 According to Time Magazine. Read the full article here.

1. America's Economic Crisis: Now for the Non-Recovery - The worst recession in seven decades.

2. Afghanistan: Can the U.S. Avoid a Quagmire? - Eight years in, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is as murky as ever. Dismayed by the country's downward spiral, Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the top U.S. commander, General David McKiernan, less than midway through his two-year term.

3. Iran's Tumultuous Election and Its Aftermath - Who would have thought that hope would spring from an election marked by fraud, censorship and bloodshed? In June, after incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of Iran's presidential election by an implausibly wide margin, millions of Iranians massed in Tehran to shout anti-regime slogans and protest a rigged election.

4. The Divisive Debate Over Health Care Reform - Even as his advisers moved to calm the financial storm that was buffeting the nation, President Obama pinned the hopes of his domestic agenda on overhauling the nation's health care system. It was a dogfight that consumed the first year of his presidency.

5. Massacre at Fort Hood: The New Face of Terrorism? - In the deadliest assault on a military base in the U.S. in history, Major Nidal Malik Hasan rampaged through Fort Hood in Texas on Nov. 5, killing 13 people — including 12 troops — and wounding more than 30.

6. The Death of Michael Jackson Like the passing of Princess Diana or John F. Kennedy Jr., his was an epoch-defining death, an event that announced itself in ways both large (Google News buckled under the volume of searches) and small (in New York City, bodega owners looped Thriller all weekend in tribute).

7. Pakistan: On the Verge of a Breakdown -The country that poses the greatest threat to U.S. security may be neither of those in which the U.S. is embroiled. Beset by feckless leadership, riven by class divisions, preoccupied with its rivalry with India and dotted with militant groups that claim sprawling hinterlands as theirs, Pakistan devolved into a miasma of terrorism and political malaise.

8. Mexico's Bloody Drug War -Some 14,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderón declared war on Mexico's vicious drug cartels in 2006, and the bloodshed escalated in 2008. Border trenches like Juárez — a bullet-pocked city of 1.5 million with swaths of territory under martial law — were ravaged by drug-related killings, with more than 1,800 murders through the first nine months of 2009.

9. H1N1: That's Swine Flu to You - Last winter, a potent virus with a catchy name began ravaging southern Mexico. By April, the pathogen, born in pigs, had bounced around the globe, infecting people in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The virus, spawned by genetic mutations, was something new — and it disproportionately afflicted the young.

10. The End of Sri Lanka's Cataclysmic Civil War -For 26 years, a war between Sri Lankan authorities and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ravaged the island nation, killing more than 70,000 people as the ruling ethnic Sinhalese majority fought the separatist Tamils. In May the fighting came to an end...

World Leaders during 2009

  • President Barack Obama - USA
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown - United Kingdom
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper - Canada
  • President Hu Jintao - China
  • President Pratibha Patil - India
  • Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd - Australia
  • Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy - France
  • Prime Minister Vladimir Putin - Russia
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Iran
  • President Horst Kohler - Germany

Top Grossing Movies of 2009: Source: Box Office Mojo

1. Avatar

2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon

5. Up

6. The Hangover

7. Star Trek

8. The Blind Side

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

10. Sherlock Holmes

Best Selling Adult Fiction Books for 2009 Source: The Nielsen Company

1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

2. The Shack by William P. Young

3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

4. The Associate (hardcover) by John Grisham

5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

9. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

10. The Associate (paperback) by John Grisham

Top Paid Actors of 2009
Source: Forbes.com

1. Harrison Ford

2. Adam Sandler

3. Will Smith

4. Eddie Murphy

5. Nicolas Cage

Top Paid Actresses of 2009
Source: Forbes.com

1. Angelina Jolie

2. Jennifer Aniston

3. Meryl Streep

4. Sarah Jessica Parker

5. Cameron Diaz

Oscar Winners for 2009

Best Picture - Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor - Sean Penn in Milk

Best Actress - Kate Winslet in The Reader

Most Watched Regularly Scheduled Programs of 2009
Source: The Nielsen Company

1. American Idol Wednesday - Fox

2. American Idol Tuesday - Fox

3. Dancing With the Stars - ABC

4. NBC Sunday Night Football - NBC

5. Dancing With the Stars Results - ABC

6. NCIS: Los Angeles - CBS


8. NFL Regular Season - ESPN (tied for 8th)

8. Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick NBC (tied for 8th)

10. The Good Wife - CBS

Top Ten Best Selling Albums of 2008:
Source: The Neilson Company

1. Fearless by Taylor Swift

2. I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle

3. Number Ones by Michael Jackson

4. The Fame by Lady Gaga

5. My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli

6. Hannah Montana: The Movie (soundtrack) by Hannah Montana

7. The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas

8. Relapse by Eminem

9. The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z

10. Only by the Night by Kings of Leon

Top Ten Most Downloaded Songs of 2009:
Source: iTunes

1. 'Boom Boom Pow,' Black Eyed Peas

2. 'Right Round,' Flo Rida

3. 'Low,' - Flo Rida

4. 'Poker Face,' Lady GaGa

5. 'Gives You Hell,' The All-American Rejects

6. 'Just Dance,' Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis

7. 'Party in the U.S.A.,' Miley Cyrus

8. 'The Climb,' Miley Cyrus

9. 'Dead and Gone (feat. Justin Timberlake),' T.I.

10. 'Use Somebody,' Kings of Leon

Top Ten Highest Paid Athletes of 2008:
Source: Forbes.com

1. Tiger Woods - Pro Golf

2. Kobe Bryant (tie) - Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

2. Michael Jordan (tie) - Retired, NBA

2. Kimi Raikkonen (tie) - Race Car Driver

5. David Beckham - Los Angeles Galazy, Soccer

6. LeBron James (tie) - Clevland Cavaliers, NBA

6. Phil Mickelson (tie) - Pro Golf

6. Manny Pacquiao (tie) - Boxer

9. Valentino Rossi - Motorcycle Racing

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Race Car Driver

Sports Champions for 2009

Superbowl Winner - The Pittsburgh Steelers

World Series Champions - The New York Yankees

Stanley Cup - Pittsburgh Penguins

NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers

Common Costs and Statistics of 2008:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics unless noted

  • Loaf of White Bread - $1.39

  • One Dozen Grad A Large Eggs - $1.66

  • One Gallon Whole Milk - $3.11

  • One Pound of Bananas - $0.61

  • One Gallon Unleaded Gasoline - $2.35

  • One Pound of Ground Beef - $2.88

  • One Whole Chicken - $1.28 per pound

  • Cost of one First-Class Stamp - $0.44

  • Cost of Movie Ticket - $7.50(source: natoonline.org)

  • Average Price New Car - $27,958 (source: wikianswers.com)

  • Average Price of a New Home - $270,100 (source: US Census Bureau)

  • College Education: Private - $26,273 per year, Public: $7,020 per year. (source: collegeboard.com)

  • Estimated U.S. Population - 307,212,123 (July 2009 est. from CIA World Fact Book)

  • Estimated World Population - 6,790,062,216 (July 2009 est. from CIA World Fact Book)