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2009 Top Newsmakers in the World

Updated on September 29, 2010

2009 Top Newsmakers

We are nearing the end of the year, the year that was, it was a challenging year for all of us because in one way or another we are affected by the economic crisis which also affected the whole world. Whatever the year brought into our lives I wish everybody will have more blessing this coming year, year of the Tiger, 2010.

In my own opinion, these are the top newsmaker of the year! My joining the Hub Pages (HP) and having the chance to share with brilliant writers is one of them.

The top news of the hour and throughout the entire year is of course Pres. Barack Obama

  • His inauguration as the first African-American -- 44thPresident of the United States of America -- January 2009
  • His "health care" plan in general is controversial
  • He was awarded the most coveted "The Nobel Peace Prize"
  • How he handle the economy and the bank loans situation, and how it will affect global financial situation and economy
  • His sending additional troops to Afghanistan

2 -- The summit in Copenhagen Climate Conference 2009 which was attended by representative from all over the world underscores the importance of “global warming” which affect all people in the world. They haven’t reached a consensus and target but the main issue here is whether the problem per se of global warming is a “hoax)--tampering of the exchange of emails of scientist which proves that it is indeed another hoax?

3 -- The continuous exploration of the space. Space travel where there are three astronauts from Japan, Russia and the US went off in a voyage in outer space to help test the effects of long term space travels on humans. "The Soyuz rocket blasted off on schedule from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in the barren Kazakh steppe at 2152 GMT carrying Soichi Noguri of Japan, US astronaut Timothy Creamer and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov. It is a sophisticated platform for outer space experiments".

4. Entertainment

  • The death of Michael Jackson brought again the case of drug abuse as a cause of death among entertainers. The world mourn his death as many considered him a POP icon.
  • Tiger Woods cried “Leave me Alone“, exposure of his alleged affair which prompted him to stop playing golf for the meantime, until further notice
  • Swift Taylor was honored by the Country Music Awards (CMA) as queen of country music and was named Associated Press Entertainer Of The Year (Newspaper editors and broadcast producers voted for the 20-year-old after a wildly successful 2009).
  • Susan Boyle from Scottland joined the Britain’s Got Talent and her debut single is topping the chart nearly surpassing Taylor Swifts'. Simon Cowell is tongue tied when she heard her sang the song "I Dream the Dream".
  • the movies Twilight Saga: The New Moon, Nine, Avatar and the Transformers (Revenge of the Fallen) are the films to watch

5. Sports

  • Steelers won the 2009 Superbowl, (now am biased to that)
  • NBA 2009 Champs --The LA Lakers
  • NY Yankees, World Series Champion once more
  • The preparation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa
  • The Olympics in 2016 was given to Brazil, and Chicago lost the bid too including Madrid and others
  • 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens --- The men's cup was won by Wales, with the women's cup going to Australia.

6. Scientific breakthrough in health: CANCER TECHNOLOGY

  • The UK-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute catalogued the genetic maps of skin and lung cancer and have pinpointed the specific mutations within DNA that can lead to dangerous tumors. This can lead to proper and easier medication of the deadly disease.
  • Swine flu virus ontinues to be a big news this year, but the main controversy is that whether people will get vaccination or not, (whether the risk of vaccination outweight the pandemic itself). There is also the issue whether there is really a thing called "swine flu"

7. The release of Blueberry, Nokia and Samsung-- (Samsung Intrepid by DOHN121) -- in the late quarter of the year different cell phone manufactures keep on updating features etc., makes us have a gasp of what technology has to offer in terms cell phone technology.

8. The Philippines was devastated by International typhoon named "Ketsana" which killed 464 people and destroyed crops and infrastructure. The typhoon also devastated some parts of China and Vietnam.

Now, you can share what for you is the top NEWSMAKER of the year.


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    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Patti, good you are back, how are you, thanks for your ncie compliments, Maita

    • pddm67 profile image


      8 years ago from Queens, New York

      Great hub Maita - 2009 well covered! I like your year end coverage better than most of news shows :-) Rock on!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hi Russ, thank you for reading this hub, will check your hub out, Maita

    • Rascal Russ Miles profile image

      Rascal Russ Miles 

      8 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      Hi Sweet Maita. You have a great list and some observations that I hadn't considered.

      I've just written a Hub in reference to the Bible and your # 1 pick.

      LuV Ya... Russ

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hi Truth, hmm thanks for rooting for Steelers LOL,

      Happy New Year too,

      are you traveling? be safe in the roads too, or is it snowing in your place already? Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Steven, it is the biggest story yes, his inauguration and there are many other stories too, it was a year indeed too,

      Thank you for reading this one, Maita

    • Great Wide Open profile image

      Great Wide Open 

      8 years ago from The Astral Plane

      Hey Maita Awesome Hub! I think you are correct that President Obama winning is the biggest story for 2009. One thing that I have not articulated no where near enough in my hubs is what I realy like about our President. Thank you for sharing with us.

      Steven Randall

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      Truth From Truth 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Good Hub Maita, I was pulling for your Steelers when they won the Super Bowl. Shame about the yankees though. Enjoy your New Years Eve Maita. Thanks.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi GH, naunahan kita Oh sorry, you can make yours too,

      Musta na dian, I miss Phils, thank you GH, Maita

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Waaaa hehehe I am planning to make hub similar to this but you were so fast in doing so... BTW this is a great hub and deserves the accolades it deserves... Two thumbs here pdh :D

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Tony, good that you are with your mom, until end of holidays??

      and yes, Chargers is a wild card, hope they catch too, but Steelerts, it is ok if they cant get there, a fan is still a fan, LOL

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Ben, oh you know what you are the first to tell me youre a fan of the President, thats good,

      and yes, there are lots of people who dies in the strom in the Phils, but many have been saved too!

      Happy holidays, Maita

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      8 years ago from san diego calif

      Hi Maita. I am on my Mom's computer right now. Boy you keep busy on the hubs. You make me look lazy. But I am though. Anyway courtesy of Hubpages I have now made alot of friends in the Philipines and fortunately they survived the typhoon . It Is that volcano that has me a little worried. Anyway go Lakers and go Chargers and I will talk to you soon . Be well

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Well done Maita, a great read, thanks for the review. I'm a big fan of our President, I hope he can lead the world to a better place. Sorry to hear about the Philippines hurricane, I missed that. Glad you are safe!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi ehern, yes LOL< you made me smile and laugh with that comment, biggest news indeed for me, LOL< thank you and I hope you have a good day too, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Oh, Micky, is that what you are now, 5 '6 and 135 lbs, good you trimmed down too, I am a football fan and Steelers fan too, how are you BTW? Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Thank you Dohn, yes many have that article too about Internet plagiarism, and I learned many things form the comments too,

      Yes, LOL< plug haha,. they will not win this 2010 so they deserve that, LOL,

      thanks again DOHN, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Chris, yes, it is definitely a year, thanks for the read, and Happy holidays to you and your family, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Hi Maven, yes I do agree, forgot to add her, Sarah Palin is definitely a news, I am happy you came to drop by here! Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      Yes Rev, there is some joy and some bad news too, thanks for reading this one, Maita

    • ehern33 profile image


      8 years ago

      Good recap of events. Based on the size of the poster, I guess the Steelers were the biggest news of the year for you..LOL Have a great day.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub. No longer a football fan. Used to play though. Had to. I was so big. Five feet six inches and 135 lbs.

    • dohn121 profile image


      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You certainly hit some major news headliners here, Maita! The Steeler's Fifth Super Bowl title was pretty extraordinary. The loss of Polamalu and Big Ben throughout the season was big. Thanks for that plug!

      Big game tonight for the G-Men, eh? Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub! I see that your "What To Do When Your Work Has Been Copied in the Internet" hub is doing very well! Congrats!


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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It's been some year, no doubt!!!

    • maven101 profile image


      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I think Sarah Palin fits in there somewhere...interesting list, unfortunately dominated by the Messiah...Thanks, Larry

    • RevLady profile image


      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Great review prettydarkhorse. A little sadness, a little joy. Such is life.

      Forever His,

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from US

      hi habee, I am glad you enjoyed it, thank you, Maita

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Good summary of the year. Enjoyed it!


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