2009 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on April 18, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2009.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2009.

Quick History Facts From 2009

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from 2009? For openers, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President, Chesley Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, and the Great Recession ended. Microsoft launched the search engine Bing, Google released its Chrome OS, and the AdBlock extension was created.

In 2009, General Motors and Chrysler both filed for bankruptcy, Hershey’s moved its factory to Mexico, and Sony sold over 12 million floppy disks. Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, an unknown person using the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” developed the bitcoin, and all 1,600 television stations in the U.S. switched from analog to digital transmission.

Back in 2009, Facebook overtook MySpace in web traffic for the first time, Google finally removed the beta label from Gmail, and McDonald’s closed its three locations in Iceland. Barnes & Noble launched its e-reader Nook, the USPS raised the price of a first-class stamp to 44 cents, and Kellogg’s announced that there would be a nationwide shortage of Eggo Frozen Waffles.

In 2009, unemployment peaked at 10.2%, inflation averaged -0.36%, and the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 an hour. The prime rate was 3.25%, one ounce of gold was $1,096.35, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.89. A 20-ounce loaf of white bread cost $1.77, a gallon of milk was $3.05, and one pound of 80% lean ground beef cost $2.99.

Back in 2009, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.2 years, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Ben Bernanke, and Katie Stam (Indiana) won the Miss America crown. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the Super Bowl champs, the New York Yankees won the World Series, and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 2009, Avatar was the most popular film, The Lost Symbol was Amazon’s best-selling book, and American Idol (Fox) was the top TV show. Slumdog Millionaire won an Oscar for Best Picture, Sean Penn (Milk) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Kate Winslet (The Reader) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and 30 Rock (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Back in 2009, Jacob and Isabella were favorite baby names, bandleader jackets and asymmetric haircuts were fashion trends, and Game Boy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. David Letterman married his longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko, Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse parted ways, and Michael Jackson suddenly passed away at the age of 50.

In 1999, the final episode of the 72-year-old soap opera Guiding Light was broadcast, the sitcom Modern Family premiered, and the final issue of “Gourmet Magazine” was published. About 37% of plastic soda bottles were recycled, French fries were the most common “vegetable” that American children ate, and the cost of a Super Bowl ad was $3,000,000.

On the international stage, the UK entered a recession, English fantasy author Terry Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and Croatia and Albania joined NATO. Angela Merkel was elected for a second term as Chancellor of Germany, a digital version of Carl Jung's “Red Book” was published 48 years after his death, and U.S. President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and trivia from 2009. Find out fast about popular TV shows, movies, songs, books, foods, and other pop culture trends and history facts for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2009

  2. History Facts from the USA

  3. International News

  4. Interesting Sports Trivia

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History Facts

  7. The Most Popular Websites in 2009

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2009-2010

  10. Amazon’s Top 10 Best-Selling Books for 2009

  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  12. Interesting Horror Movies from 2009

  13. Entries into The National Film Registry

  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  16. Favorite Video Games

  17. Popular Foods and Beverages

  18. Top Halloween Costumes

  19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

  20. Famous People Who Died in 2009

  21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

  22. America’s Largest Corporations

  23. Major Internet Companies Established

In 2009, whacky ice cream flavors like garlic and pumpkin were all the rage.
In 2009, whacky ice cream flavors like garlic and pumpkin were all the rage.

1. Grocery Prices in 2009

These history facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (Gala) - $1.49 a pound
  2. Bacon (Oscar Mayer) - $5.69 for a 12-ounce package
  3. Bananas (Dole) - 79 cents a pound
  4. Beef (ground, 80% lean) - $2.99 a pound
  5. Bologna (Oscar Mayer) - $2.99 for a one-pound package
  6. Bread (Wonder, white) - $2.00 for a 20-ounce loaf
  7. Broccoli - $1.49 per bunch
  8. Butter (Land O’Lakes) - $2.20 for an eight-ounce package
  9. Carrots - 79 cents a pound
  10. Cereal (Life) - $3.99 for a 14-ounce box
  11. Cheese (American singles) - $2.49 for a one-pound package
  12. Chicken (roaster) - $1.19 a pound
  13. Chocolate syrup - $1.99 for a 24-ounce bottle
  14. Cocktail sauce - $1.59 for an eight-ounce bottle
  15. Cookies (Keebler E.L. Fudge) - $2.50 for a 12-ounce package
  16. Corn (fresh) - Five ears for 99 cents
  17. Energy drink (Red Bull) - $7.99 for four 8.3-ounce cans
  18. Fish (fresh tilapia) - $5.99 a pound
  19. Grapes (California, seedless) - $1.99 per pound
  20. Ice cream (Edy’s Grand) - $4.49 for a 48-ounce carton
  21. Lettuce (Dole, bagged) - $3.69 for a 10-ounce bag
  22. Macaroni & cheese (Stouffer’s, frozen) - $2.00 for a 12-ounce package
  23. Onions (yellow) - $2.49 for a three-pound bag
  24. Orange juice (Florida’s Natural) - $4.99 for an 89-ounce jug
  25. Popcorn (Pop Secret) - $2.98 for a 10.5-ounce package
  26. Pork (center cut chops) - $3.69 a pound
  27. Potato chips (Lay’s) - $3.99 for a 10.5-ounce bag
  28. Potatoes (Idaho) - 99 cents a pound
  29. Soda (Coca-Cola) - $3.99 for eight 16-ounce bottles
  30. Tea bags (Foodtown brand) - $1.99 for a 100-count package
  31. Tomatoes (grape) - $2.50 for a dry pint
  32. TV dinner (Swanson) - $2.99 for a 16-ounce package
  33. Watermelon (seedless) - 69 cents a pound

In 2009, the question-and-answer website Quora was founded.
In 2009, the question-and-answer website Quora was founded.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President, and Joe Biden became the 47th Vice President of the United States.

  2. In October 2009, the national unemployment rate peaked at 10.2%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that “In October, the unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage point to 10.2 percent, the highest rate since April 1983. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the unemployment rate has grown by 5.3 percentage points. In October, 35.6 percent of unemployed persons were jobless for 27 weeks or more, while 20 percent of the unemployed were jobless for 5 weeks or less. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (10.7 percent) and whites (9.5 percent) rose in October. The jobless rates for adult women (8.1 percent), teenagers (27.6 percent), blacks (15.7 percent), and Hispanics (13.1 percent) were little changed over the month.”

  3. The rate of inflation was -0.36%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “Purchasing power increased by 0.36% in 2009 compared to the previous year, 2008. On average, you would have to spend 0.36% less money in 2009 than in 2008 for the same item. This is an example of deflation. In other words, $1 in 2008 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.00 in 2009.”

  4. In 2009, a 20-ounce loaf of white bread cost $1.77, yellow onions were $2.49 for a three-pound bag, and one pound of ground beef was $2.99. A gallon of milk cost $3.05, butter was $2.20 for an eight-ounce package, and five ears of fresh corn were 99 cents.

  5. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 2009 cars: a Chevrolet Malibu cost $22,999.00, a Honda Civic LX was $18,925.00, and a Jeep Grand Cherokee cost $24,444.00.

  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $1.89.

  7. The minimum wage was $6.55 up until July 23, and $7.25 on and after July 24.

  8. The prime rate was 3.25% on June 24, one ounce of gold was $1,096.35 on December 31, and the median annual income was $50,221.00.

  9. In January 2009, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $208,600 while the average price was $245,200. Comparatively, in November 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $302,400 while the average price was $362,400.

  10. On January 15, in what is known today as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Chesley Sullenberger safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after the plane hit Canadian geese while taking off from LaGuardia Airport. All passengers and crew members survived.

  11. On March 4, U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh announced that it was closing the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario, Canada because of the global recession. About 1,500 jobs were affected. TheStar.com explains that “Layoffs in the auto, forestry and industrial sectors have cost tens of thousands of jobs in recent years in Canada's manufacturing heartland, a sector that's been whacked by a high dollar, slumping demand from the United States [sic] and the global credit crunch.”

  12. On March 28, the first cases of the H1N1 swine flu in the U.S. were reported in California.

  13. On April 30, automobile manufacturer Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  14. On May 15, General Motors announced plans to eliminate 1,100 dealerships or 40% of its dealer network. TheBalancesMB.com points out that GM “was closing more than 2,600 of its retail outlets in an effort to keep itself out of bankruptcy court. The total number of jobs that will be lost when all the stores are finally closed is estimated to be 130,000, which also puts GM at the top of the retail job cuts list for 2009.”

  15. In June, the Great Recession officially ended. StateOfWorkingAmerica.org tells us that “The Great Recession--which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009--began with the bursting of an 8 trillion dollar housing bubble. The resulting loss of wealth led to sharp cutbacks in consumer spending. This loss of consumption, combined with the financial market chaos triggered by the bursting of the bubble, also led to a collapse in business investment. As consumer spending and business investment dried up, massive job loss followed. In 2008 and 2009, the U.S. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs, [sic] or 6.1% of all payroll employment. This was the most dramatic employment contraction (by far) of any recession since the Great Depression. By comparison, in the deep recession that began in 1981, job loss was 3.1%, or only about half as severe.”

  16. On June 1, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

  17. By June 12, all 1,600 full-power television stations in the U.S. had switched from analog to digital transmission. Lifewire.com confirms that on June 12, “all full power over-the-air analog TV transmission signals on channels 2-13 and 14-69 in the U.S. ended. After that date, all TV stations had to make the change to digital-only TV broadcasting. The only analog exemption allowed after that date was for over-the-air TV broadcast programming was that delivered via Low Power Stations and Translators which served some rural and urban community markets. However, many of those have since transitioned to digital broadcast as well.”

  18. On June 29, former investment advisor Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for conducting a massive Ponzi scheme.

  19. On September 29, the MESSENGER spacecraft performed a third and final Mercury flyby.

  20. On December 16, Ben Bernanke, Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” for his work in “rescuing the global economy from the Great Recession.”

3. International News

  1. On January 1, Slovakia adopted the Euro currency and became the 16th Eurozone country.

  2. On January 23, the UK entered a recession after the GDP (gross domestic product) fell by 1.5% during the last quarter of 2008.

  3. On February 13, Statistics Netherlands announced that the country was in a recession.

  4. On February 27, Statistics Finland announced that the country’s GDP fell by 1.3% during the last quarter of 2008.

  5. On February 18, English fantasy author Terry Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

  6. On April 1, Croatia and Albania joined NATO.

  7. On April 17, Helen Clark, New Zealand’s former Prime Minister, became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was the first woman to head the organization.

  8. On April 23, a gamma-ray burst, dubbed GRB 090423, was seen for 10 seconds and was the most distant cosmic explosion ever seen. NASA.gov explains that “Gamma-ray bursts are the universe's most luminous explosions. Most occur when massive stars run out of nuclear fuel.”

  9. On May 15, Eurostat, the European Statistical Office, reported that Austria, Belgium, and Romania all entered a recession during the first quarter of 2009.

  10. On May 15, the French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announced that France narrowly missed a recession in 2008. However, the French GDP shrank by 1.2% during the first quarter of 2009, after falling by 1.5% during the fourth quarter of 2008.

  11. On June 2, Switzerland entered the global recession.

  12. On June 23, Japanese business executive Akio Toyoda became the new president of Toyota Motor Corporation.

  13. On September 11, Sweden emerged from a recession after the country’s GDP grew by 0.2% during the second quarter of 2009.

  14. On September 14, Prince William and filmmaker and TV personality David Attenborough opened the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum in London. TheGuardian.com tells us that the Darwin Centre "holds 17m entomology specimens and 3m botany specimens. At 60 metres long, 12 metres wide, 300 millimetres thick and covering 3,500 square metres, it is the largest sprayed concrete curved structure in Europe."

  15. On September 27, Angela Merkel was elected for a second term as Chancellor of Germany.

  16. On October 7, a digital version of Swiss physician and psychologist Carl Jung's “Red Book” was published 48 years after his death. According to Doody’s Book Reviews, "The Red Book is the preeminent resource on pediatric infectious disease. Now in its 31st edition, it provides the most up-to-date information on a wide variety of infectious diseases that physicians encounter in children."

  17. On December 10, U.S. President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.

On July 7, 2009, Gmail got out of beta after five years.
On July 7, 2009, Gmail got out of beta after five years.

4. Interesting Sports Trivia

This sports news from 2009 has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - New York Yankees

  • Super Bowl Champs - Pittsburgh Steelers

  • NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Pittsburgh Penguins

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - North Carolina

  • NCAA Football Champs - Alabama

  • U.S. Open Golf - Lucas Glover

  • U.S. Open Tennis (men/women) - Juan Martin del Potro/Kim Clijsters

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Roger Federer/Serena Williams

  • Kentucky Derby - Mine That Bird

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2009, popular baby names were Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, and Sophia.

  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 78.2 years, up from 78 years the year before.

  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $3,000,000.

  4. Popular Christmas gifts were the Nintendo DSi, Sony PSP Go, Mattel Dora Links Doll, Mattel Mindflex, Barbie and the Three Musketeers, Rubik's 360, and ZhuZhu Pets.

  5. Fashion trends in 2009 included bandleader jackets, graphic t-shirts, low-rise jeans, cardigans, velvet tracksuits, oversized hoop earrings, statement belts, layered dresses and skirts, skinny scarves, asymmetric haircuts, and plain tank tops.

  6. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year were Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Jordana Brewster, Alison Brie, Katie Cassidy, Emilia Clarke, Penelope Cruz, Natalie Dormer, Megan Fox, Jessica Gomes, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, January Jones, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Marisa Miller, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Olivia Wilde.

  7. Katie Stam (Indiana) won the Miss America crown.

  8. Kristen Dalton (North Carolina) became Miss USA.

  9. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Ben Bernanke.

  10. Top-grossing Broadway shows included “Wicked,” “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” “The Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “West Side Story,” “Mamma Mia!,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “South Pacific,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek The Musical,” “In the Heights,” and “Hair.”

  11. At the 81st Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2008, “Slumdog Millionaire” won an Oscar for Best Picture, Sean Penn (“Milk”) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) won an Oscar for Best Director.

  12. At the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, “30 Rock” (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and “Mad Men” (AMC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  13. In 2009, Sony sold over 12 million floppy disks.

  14. “Food Network Magazine” began publication.

  15. The USPS raised the price of a first-class stamp to 44 cents.

  16. Utah bars were now open to the public, thus ending the former private club system.

  17. McDonald’s closed its three locations in Iceland because of the “complex operational environment.”

  18. For the first time since 1945 when record-keeping first began, worldwide electricity use declined by 3%.

  19. An estimated 950 million people in the world suffered from hunger.

  20. In the United States, French fries were the most common “vegetable” that children ate.

  21. Back in 2009, Connecticut had 149 dairies compared to 6,200 in 1940.

  22. About 37% of plastic soda bottles and 28% of plastic water and milk containers were recycled.

  23. Milton Parker, the owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York, passed away at the age of 90.

  24. Hershey’s, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its factory in Reading, Pennsylvania and moved production to Monterey, Mexico.

  25. Because of the economic crisis, there was reduced demand for butter and cheese in the U.S. Milk prices were also falling. As a result, dairy farmers were forced to sell hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to be slaughtered for meat.

  26. In 2009, about one billion frogs were killed for food.

  27. On September 18, the final episode of the 72-year-old soap opera “Guiding Light” was broadcast. At the time of its cancellation in 2009, “Guiding Light” was the longest-running drama in American history. Soaps.Fandom.com explains that the soap “aired on NBC radio from January 25, 1937 to June 29, 1956, and debuted on CBS television on June 30, 1952.” They add that “Guiding Light” “was expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour in 1968, and then to a full hour on November 7, 1977. The 15,000th televised episode of Guiding Light aired on September 7, 2006.” Wikipedia remarks that “During the period from 1952 to 1956, The Guiding Light existed as both a radio and television serial, with actors recording their performances twice for each day that the shows were broadcast. The radio broadcast of The Guiding Light ceased production during 1956, ending this overlap.”

  28. On September 23, the sitcom "Modern Family" premiered on ABC and starred Ed O'Neill and Sofía Vergara.

  29. In November, the final issue of “Gourmet Magazine” was published. The first issue hit newsstands in 1941.

  30. On November 20, Kellogg’s announced that there would be a nationwide shortage of Eggo Frozen Waffles until the summer of 2010.

In 2009, French fries were the most common “vegetable” that American children ate.
In 2009, French fries were the most common “vegetable” that American children ate.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

Many of these fun facts and trivia from 2009 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 2009, the most-visited websites were Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, Fox, Ask, eBay, Amazon, Wikipedia, Facebook, Apple, CBS, the Weather Channel, Craigslist, and Adobe.

  2. Top Google searches for the year were Michael Jackson, Facebook, Tuenti, Twitter, Sanalika, New Moon, Lady Gaga, Windows 7, Transformers, Eminem, Beyonce, Paranormal Activity, Anime Online, Natasha Richardson, Poker Face Lyrics, Real Madrid, US Open, UFC, Livescore, PGA Tour Leaderboard, and Confederations Cup.

  3. Falling Google searches in 2009 included Beijing 2008, Euro 2008, Heath Ledger, Barack Obama, and Amy Winehouse.

  4. On January 3, an unknown person using the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” developed the Internet currency bitcoin.

  5. In March, Uber, a company that “hires people with cars to drive other people to where they want to go much like a taxi,” was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. The Uber service works by both the rider and driver downloading an app for their smartphone.

  6. On March 19, Microsoft released Windows Explorer 8.

  7. On April 28, the funding platform Kickstarter was launched. ComputerHope explains that Kickstarter “is a website and service that provides a way for users to contribute funds to proposed projects. These projects include manufactured items, services, videos, feature-length films, board games, video games, and more. People who make donations are usually offered some tangible reward in return.”

  8. In May, Facebook overtook MySpace in U.S.-based web traffic for the first time.

  9. On June 3, Microsoft launched the Internet search engine Bing. PCWorld.com remarks that “Microsoft's latest vehicle for achieving the elusive goal of Web dominance is Bing. Previously known as Kumo while in development, Bing replaces Microsoft's Live Search brand and carries forward the company's strategy for taking on Google and Yahoo. Besides introducing a new look to Microsoft's search interface, Bing adds a spruced-up navigation for search results, including a new left-hand navigation bar, a hover feature that lets users preview Web pages before visiting them, and a categorized search feature that groups search results by topic category.”

  10. On July 7, after five years and 10 million users, Google finally removed the beta label from Gmail. Google also removed the beta label from Calendar, Docs, and Talk, “three other applications that are part of a package of online software called Google Apps.”

  11. On July 7, Google jumped into Microsoft Windows territory by introducing its Chrome OS. According to Google’s blog, “Speed, simplicity [sic] and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds.”

  12. On July 29, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced a 10-year deal whereby “Microsoft's Bing will become the underlying search technology on Yahoo's sites. In return, Yahoo will share some of the advertising revenue for those sites with Microsoft.”

  13. On November 5, Fortune Magazine named Steve Jobs as “CEO of the Decade.”

  14. On November 30, Barnes & Noble launched its e-reader Nook.

  15. On December 8, the AdBlock extension was created. ComputerHope.com tells us that “AdBlock is an extension that may be added to any of the major web browsers. Its purpose, as the name would suggest, is to block advertisements, effectively keeping them from being displayed to users on the websites they visit.”

7. The Most Popular Websites in 2009

These Internet history facts has been made available courtesy of Tech.co.

In 2004, the most-visited websites included Yahoo!, Time Warner, MSN, Google, eBay, Amazon, Lycos, About.com, Excite, Viacom, Verizon, CNET, The Weather Channel, and Real.

Five years later, favorite web destinations were Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, Fox, Ask, eBay, Amazon, Wikipedia, Facebook, Apple, CBS, the Weather Channel, Craigslist, and Adobe.

In January 2019, the most popular websites included Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Bing, eBay, MSN, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Ask, and Wordpress.

In 2009, the computer-animated science fiction comedy “Cloudy with a Chance for Meatballs” opened in U.S. theaters.
In 2009, the computer-animated science fiction comedy “Cloudy with a Chance for Meatballs” opened in U.S. theaters.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

These Nobel Prize facts have been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  • Chemistry: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (UK), Thomas A. Steitz (U.S.), and Ada E. Yonath (U.S.) for "studies of the structure and function of the ribosome."

  • Economics: Elinor Ostrom (U.S.) for "her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons," and Oliver E. Williamson (U.S.) for "his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm."

  • Literature: Herta Müller (Germany) "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed."

  • Peace: Barack Obama (U.S.) for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

  • Physics: One-half to Charles K. Kao (China) for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication," and one-quarter to both Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith (both from the U.S.) for "the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit–the CCD sensor.”

  • Physiology or medicine: Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, and Jack W. Szostak (all from the U.S) for "the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase."

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2009-2010

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen Television Measurement.

  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)

In 2009, “Amy Winehouse” Halloween costumes were top choices for adult and children revelers.
In 2009, “Amy Winehouse” Halloween costumes were top choices for adult and children revelers.

Amazon’s Top 10 Best-Selling Books for 2009

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of MarketingCharts.com. Please note that only books published for the first time appear on this list.

  1. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

  2. Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, by Mark R. Levin

  3. Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine, by Glenn Beck

  4. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, by Steve Harvey

  5. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

  6. Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution, by David Zinczenko

  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

  8. Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 9), by Charlaine Harris

  9. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5), by Rick Riordan

  10. Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes, by authors from Lifetime Television

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  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

In 2009, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was a popular film.
In 2009, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was a popular film.

12. Interesting Horror Movies from 2009

Horror films for the year included Drag Me to Hell, The House of the Devil, The Collector, Orphan, The Last House on the Left, My Bloody Valentine 3D, The Haunting in Connecticut, Carriers, Antichrist, Case 39, Pandorum, The Descent Part 2, The Loved Ones, REC 2, Zombieland, The Human Centipede, Saw VI, The Uninvited, Sorority Row, The Final Destination, Doghouse, Dead Snow, The Unborn, Halloween II, Jennifer's Body, and Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.

13. Entries into The National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Study in Reds (1932)

  2. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

  3. Heroes All (1920)

  4. Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)

  5. Jezebel (1938)

  6. Little Nemo (1911)

  7. Mabel’s Blunder (1914)

  8. Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983)

  9. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

  11. Pillow Talk (1959)

  12. Precious Images (1986)

  13. Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)

  14. Scratch and Crow (1995)

  15. Stark Love (1927)

  16. The Exiles (1961)

  17. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

  18. The Jungle (1967)

  19. The Lead Shoes (1949)

  20. The Mark of Zorro (1940)

  21. The Muppet Movie (1979)

  22. The Red Book (1994)

  23. The Revenge of Pancho Villa (1930/1936)

  24. The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

  25. Under Western Stars (1938)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 2009 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Favorite pop artists included Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat, Flo Rida, George Strait, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Pink, Rihanna, Sugarland, Susan Boyle, and Taylor Swift.

In 2009, the online grammar checker Grammarly was launched.
In 2009, the online grammar checker Grammarly was launched.

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • December 13, 2008 - January 16, 2009: Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

  • January 17 - February 6: Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance

  • February 7 - February 20: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You

  • February 21 - February 27: Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent - Crack a Bottle

  • February 28 - April 10: Flo Rida - Right Round

  • April 11 - April 17: Lady Gaga - Poker Face

  • April 18 - July 10: The Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow

  • July 11 - October 16: The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

  • October 17 - October 23: Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne - Down

  • October 24 - November 6: Britney Spears - 3

  • November 7 - November 13: Owl City - Fireflies

  • November 14 - November 27: Jason Derülo - Whatcha Say

  • November 28, 2009 - January 1, 2010: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 2009 included Batman: Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II, Infamous, Borderlands, Minecraft, Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Prototype, The Beatles: Rock Band, Brütal Legend, Bayonetta, Resident Evil 5, The Sims 3, Angry Birds, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Halo 3: ODST, Demon's Souls, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Saw, Plants vs. Zombies, ARMA 2, MadWorld, and Killzone 2.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2009 have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com and SpoonUniversity.com.

  1. Bacon (for example, crispy brown-sugar glazed bacon)
  2. Brown butter pasta
  3. Comfort foods (Examples include chicken pot pies, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.)
  4. Creme brûlée - A dessert made from heavy cream, vanilla beans, vanilla sugar, egg yolks, and hot water.
  5. Cupcakes
  6. Fruit smoothies - How about Martha Stewart’s “hearty fruit and oat smoothie” or her “mango and yogurt smoothie?”
  7. Giant hunks of meat that were influenced by the Atkins and South Beach diets.
  8. Hi-C fruit drinks (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)
  9. Jell-O Pudding Pops
  10. Lunchables Fun Snacks
  11. Mex-Italian - What about pizza with Oaxaca cheese or tortilla soup and bruschetta.

  12. Recession dining - In 2009, consumers cut back on “small luxuries” like eating out because of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and high gas prices.
  13. Sliders or mini burgers - There were pizza sliders, chicken and biscuits sliders, ham and cheese sliders, Brussels sprouts sliders, and Eggo breakfast sliders.
  14. Superfruits such as pomegranates, blueberries, plums, bananas, and avocados. Health.com explains that superfruits "are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease."
  15. Whacky ice cream flavors including green tea, bacon caramel maple, and butter pecan caramel.
  16. Whole grain products.

In 2009, superfruits such as pomegranates were all the rage.
In 2009, superfruits such as pomegranates were all the rage.

18. Top Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of Boston.com.

  1. Vampire

  2. Batman

  3. The Watchmen (These were costumes based on the comic book-turned-film.)

  4. Kate Gosselin (American television personality)

  5. Michael Jackson

  6. Amy Winehouse (British singer)

  7. Star Trek

  8. Hannah Montana (This costume was influenced by the American musical comedy television series “Hannah Montana.” The show focused on a teenager who lived a double life as an average schoolgirl by day and a famous recording artist by night.)

  9. Transformers (This costume was influenced by the science fiction action film "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.")

  10. Harry Potter

  11. Power Rangers (superheroes)

  12. Yoda (dog costume)

  13. Bumblebee (dog costume)

  14. Taco (dog costume)

  15. Princess (dog costume)

  16. Devil (dog costume)

19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 10, pop singer Fergie wed actor Josh Duhamel.

  2. On February 14, actress Salma Hayek married French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault.

  3. On February 14, cricketer Martin Crowe wed former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes.

  4. On March 19, talk show host David Letterman married his longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko.

  5. On June 9, boxing legend Mike Tyson wed Lakiha Spicer.

  6. On June 27, rocker Eddie Van Halen married publicist Janie Liszewski.

  7. On July 11, actor and film director Robert Redford wed artist Sibylle Szaggars.

  8. On August 30, singer Davy Jones married Jessica Pacheco.

  9. On October 17, musician Trent Reznor wed vocalist Mariqueen Maandig.

  10. On October 25, Ivanka Trump married New York Observer owner Jared Kushner.

Divorces:

  1. On June 9, Elizabeth Watson divorced baseball legend Barry Bonds.

  2. On August 28, Blake Fielder-Civil divorced singer Amy Winehouse.

  3. On November 4, singer Usher divorced hair and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster.

20. Famous People Who Died in 2009

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 27 - John Updike (American novelist)

  2. February 2 - Paul Harvey (American news commentator and radio broadcaster)

  3. March 18 - Natasha Richardson (English actress)

  4. April 25 - Bea Arthur (American actress and comedian)

  5. May 27 - Clive Granger (British economist)

  6. June 25 - Michael Jackson (American recording artist, entertainer, and King of Pop music)

  7. June 25 - Farrah Fawcett (American actress)

  8. July 17 - Walter Cronkite (American broadcast journalist and news anchor of the CBS Evening News from 1962-1981)

  9. August 1 - Corazon Aquino (President of the Philippines from 1986-1992)

  10. September 16 - Mary Travers (American folk singer)

  11. September 27 - William Safire (American presidential speechwriter)

  12. December 17 - Jennifer Jones (American actress)

On September 18, 2009, the final episode of the 72-year-old soap opera “Guiding Light” was broadcast.
On September 18, 2009, the final episode of the 72-year-old soap opera “Guiding Light” was broadcast.

21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

This auto news has been made available courtesy of Autoblog.com.

  • Chevrolet Cobalt (104,724)

  • Toyota Tacoma (111,824)

  • GMC Sierra (111,842)

  • Hyundai Sonata (120,028)

  • Toyota Prius (139,682)

  • Toyota RAV4 (149,088)

  • Ford Focus (160,433)

  • Chevrolet Malibu (161,568)

  • Chevrolet Impala (165,565)

  • Ford Escape (173,044)

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. Exxon Mobil

  2. Walmart

  3. Chevron Corporation

  4. ConocoPhillips

  5. General Electric Company

  6. General Motors Corporation

  7. Ford Motor Company

  8. AT&T

  9. Hewlett-Packard

  10. Valero Energy

  11. Bank of America

  12. Citigroup

  13. Berkshire Hathaway

  14. IBM

  15. McKesson Corporation

  16. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

  17. Verizon Communications

  18. Cardinal Health, Inc.

  19. CVS

  20. Procter & Gamble

23. Major Internet Companies Established

Startups included Ancient History Encyclopedia, AnyDecentMusic?, AOL Seed, The Arts Desk, Bing (search engine), Bing News, Bing Videos, Bing Webmaster Tools, Bloomberg Law, Business Insider, CBS MoneyWatch, Clicker.com, Dumbemployed, Food Safety News, Fotopedia, Foursquare (company), Google Fast Flip, Google Moon, Google Public DNS, Google Sidewiki, Google URL Shortener, and Grammarly.

Other startups were HealthyWage, Hollywood Life, Hotlist, Houzz, Hyperallergic, Imgur, Lamebook, Let Simon Decide, Lost Lettermen, MathOverflow, Media Cloud, Moontoast, Mother Nature Network, Movie Review Intelligence, Offers.com, People of Walmart, Piazza (web service), Pinboard (website), Quora, Ranker, Social Media Examiner, Startup Digest, Talenthouse, TeamBuy, and The Tender.

In 2009, the "Food Network" reached an estimated 98 million homes.
In 2009, the "Food Network" reached an estimated 98 million homes.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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