10 most important world events of 2009
1. Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the United States. Moreover, in October 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Obama accepted the prize in Oslo. In a 36-minute speech, he discussed the tensions between war and peace and the idea of a "just war"
2. Russia shuts off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly endorses the move and urges greater international involvement in the energy dispute. Russia provides approximately a quarter of the natural gas consumed in the European Union; approximately 80% of those exports travel through pipelines across Ukrainian soil prior to arriving in the EU.
3. Albania and Croatia are admitted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
4. Israel–Gaza conflict also known as the Gaza War was a three-week armed conflict that took place in the Gaza Strip and Southern Israel during the winter of 2008–2009. The Gaza war aim was to destroy the military infrastructure of HAMAS leader in Gaza. Israel responded to Hamas "Operation Oil Stain" rocket fire with military force in an action titled "Operation Cast Lead".
5. Michael Jackson the most famous US singer dies after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. Later the Los Angeles County Coroner declared Jackson's death a homicide caused by the combination of drugs in his body.
Conrad Murray is the doctor that had to take care of Michael’s health before his death, and in 2011 he is still under charge of involuntary manslaughter. Internet traffic reaches unprecedented levels after entertainer Michael Jackson's death triggers an outpouring of worldwide grief.
6. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Burlusconi is knocked to the ground and hit in the face after a political rally in Milan, Italy. An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier striking the leader in the face. The attacker is a 42-year-old Massimo Tartaglia, a graphic designer with a history of mental problems. The attack occurred at a difficult political time for Berlusconi, who has been plagued by scandals.
7. The Russian Orthodox Church enthrones Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church after the death in 2008 of Patriarch Aleksy II. In 2008 Kirill I met with Fidel Castro. Castro commended Metropolitan Kirill as his ally in combating "American imperialism". Kirill awarded Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro on behalf of Patriarch Alexy II in recognition of their decision to build the first Russian Orthodox Church in Havana, to serve the Russian expatriates living there.
8. Iran launches first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit. State television showed footage of the Omid (Hope) satellite being sent into space in a launch clearly timed to mark the 30th anniversary celebrations of the 1979 Islamic revolution. The launch drew criticism from the Obama administration, with a White House spokesman expressing "acute concern".
9. The "swine flu", the H1N1 influenza strain is the first condition deemed a global pandemic since the Hong Kong flu of 1967 – 1968. According to the latest WHO statistics, the virus has killed more than 18,000 people since it appeared in April 2009 and were 622,482 infected (approximate).
10. 2009 in internet numbers:
• 90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.
• 234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009.
• 81.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2009.
• 12.3 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2009.
• 7.8 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2009.
• 76.3 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
• 187 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2009).
• 8% – The increase in domain names since the year before.
• 1.73 billion – Internet users worldwide (September 2009).
• 18% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
• 738,257,230 – Internet users in Asia.
• 418,029,796 – Internet users in Europe.
• 252,908,000 – Internet users in North America.
• 179,031,479 – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
• 67,371,700 – Internet users in Africa.
• 57,425,046 – Internet users in the Middle East.
• 20,970,490 – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.
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