Oh 2009! What a year it was! From political events that made history to the tragic deaths of many great entertainers, this is a year that will definitely make a showing in the pages of many books to come.
Here are the news stories that resonated most with me in 2009:
Obama's inauguration: Though it seems like so long ago, at the beginning of 2009, Barack Obama becoming the very first black president in history cannot be topped.
Death of Michael Jackson: Forever known as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, one of the world's greatest performers passed away this year. Though he was only 50 years old, Jackson's musical and performing talent was celebrated in the film This Is It.
Swine Flu Outbreak: The one story that has certainly not diminished is the outbreak of the H1N1 virus. Originating in Mexico, it quickly spread around world, causing mass hysteria and extreme precautions. Fortunately the CDC (Center of Disease Control) acted rapidly by containing the cases, educating the masses and developing a vaccine for the American public.
Miracle on the Hudson: When I first heard that a plane had landed in the Hudson River in New York City, I thought to myself, “What in the world! Is that a real story?” Sure enough, the stories and the images started flooding onto the television as the entire country soon discovered that pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was a hero, saving over 150 people on board.
Jon and Kate Gosselin: While not the most uplifting story of the year, Jon and Kate had their share of air time. Whether their feuds and petty fights were publicly displayed on prime time news outlets, entertainment news shows or SNL skits, these reality television stars got plenty of fame.
Which news stories and/or events do you remember most in 2009?
—Carly M., STACKS Staffer