What You Have To Look Forward Too!!!
January 1, 2009
Welcome to the Year 2009!!! I hope you enjoy your stay in this year. If you have any problems, queries or questions don’t be afraid to ring Customer Service. It may get busy at moment but if you can hang on, we will do our best to get to your call.
Staying in this year you have the following to look forward to:
- January 3 – 111th United States Congress begins. A new delegate will be added for the Northern Mariana Islands.
- January 9 – Mahmoud Abbas’s term as President of the Palestinian National Authority will end.
- January 15 – International Year of Astronomy Opening Ceremony at UNESCO HQ, Paris, France.
- January 20 – Inauguration of the new United States President, Barack Obama.
- January 26 – Annular solar eclipse.
- January 26 – Possession of “Extreme pornography” will become illegal in the United Kingdom.
- February – The NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will flyby Mars for data and gravitational assist en route to Vesta and Ceres.
- February 1 – The International Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System will stop monitoring for 121.5 MHz and 243 MHz (Class B) signals from distress radio beacons.
- February 2–15 – The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2009 will take place in Val-d’Isère, France.
- February 8 – The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
- February 12 – Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday in the United States. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has scheduled a series of events in Washington, D.C.
- February 12 – Darwin Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Events are already being planned at the London Natural History Museum.
- February 12 – On STS-119, the Space Shuttle Discovery will deliver and install the fourth starboard truss segment on the International Space Station.
- February 13 – The Unix time number reaches 1234567890 seconds at 23:31:30 UTC.
- February 14 – Lithuania will celebrate the millennium of its name.
- February 17 – Analog television broadcasts will mostly end in the United States, as the Federal Communications Commission will require all full power stations to send their signals digitally.
- February 18–28 – The 2009 Winter Universiade will be held in Harbin, China.
- February 22 – The 81st Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
- March – The United States will begin the first round of negotiations with the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership countries on a possible free trade agreement.
- March 5 – The second World Baseball Classic will begin.
- March 5 – NASA’s Kepler Mission, a space photometer which will search for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, will be launched.
- March 5–7 – The 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens will be hosted by Dubai.
- March 14 – Opening ceremony of Lille 3000, Europe XXL
- March 29 – The 60th FIA Formula One World Championship will begin in Melbourne, Australia.
- April – Albania and Croatia are expected to join NATO.
- April – The Women’s Professional Soccer league will debut.
- April 2–5 – The 100 Hours of Astronomy begins. This is a cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy.
- April 4–6 – The 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four will be held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
- April 13 – Citi Field, which will replace Shea Stadium as the home of the New York Mets, will open with a game against the San Diego Padres.
- April 16 – The New York Yankees will open their new Yankee Stadium, located across the street from the original facility, against the Cleveland Indians.
- April 24 – The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the LCROSS impactor will be launched to the Moon. Part of NASA’s Lunar Precursor Robotic Program (LPRP).
- May – On STS-125, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will conduct the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. It will be one of the most advanced missions in space.
- May – General Elections will be held in India.
- May 2 – Presidential Election will take place in Indonesia.
- May 3 – Parliamentary and Presidential Elections will take place in Panama.
- May 12 – General election and referendum on electoral reform will take place in British Columbia, Canada.
- May 15 – On STS-127, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will deliver and install the Exposed Facility of Japan’s Kibo laboratory on the International Space Station.
- May 16 – The Final of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Moscow, Russia.
- May 20 – The UEFA Cup final will be held in Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. It will be the second European Final held in Istanbul this decade after the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final
- May 25 – Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune, Jupiter 24′ south. First of three triple conjunctions of Jupiter and Neptune.
- May 27 – UEFA Champions League Final will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.
- May 30 – Rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Titled “Retrospective” the ceremony will recreate the program from the original May 30, 1922 ceremony.
- June 4-7 – The European Parliament election 2009 will take place, the exact date varies depending on country.
- June 7 – A referendum on changing the Act of Succession will be held in Denmark.
- June 6–13 – The World Air Games will be held in Turin, Italy.
- June 12 – Iran will hold is 10th Presidential Election.
- June 14–28 – The FIFA Confederations Cup will be held in South Africa.
- July 1 – Sweden takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the Czech Republic.
- July 1–12 – The Summer Universiade will take place in Belgrade, Serbia.
- July 3–5 – The Global Conference on Abraham Lincoln at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.
- July 11 – The Ares I-X test flight of the first stage of the Ares I launch vehicle, the crew launch vehicle of NASA’s Constellation program.
- July 13 – Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune, Jupiter 37′ south. Second of three triple conjunctions of Jupiter and Neptune.
- July 14 – 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
- July 22 – Total solar eclipse. The longest lasting total solar eclipse of the 21st century.
- July 30 – On STS-128, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will use the MPLM Donatello to deliver experiment and storage racks to the International Space Station.
- August 23–30 – The 2009 World Rowing Championships regatta will be held at the Lake Malta in Poznań, Poland.
- August – The 30th Anniversary of the foundation of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association.
- September – The Burj Dubai in Dubai, UAE will be completed. It is already the tallest man-made structure ever built.
- September 12 – TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will open against the Air Force Academy.
- September 14 – Parliamentary election in Norway.
- September 27 – Federal election in Germany.
- September 29 – The NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft will make its final flyby of Mercury, decreasing the velocity for orbital insertion on March 18, 2011.
- October – The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will be opened.
- October – Presidential elections in Tunisia.
- October 1 – Denmark will begin turning off Analogue TV.
- October 2 – The host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics will be announced at the 121st Session (which will also be the XIIIth Olympic Congress) of the International Olympic Committee to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- October 10 – The “Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge” (CPAK) will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine.
- October 15 – On STS-129, the Space Shuttle Discovery will deliver integral components including gyroscopes, tank assemblies, and a spare latching end effector for the station’s robotic arm to the International Space Station.
- October 25 – Presidential Elections in Uruguay.
- November – Singapore will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
- November – Presidential Elections in Romania.
- November – The retail sale of incandescent light bulbs will be banned in Australia.
- November – The NASA’s WISE mission will be launched. It will survey the entire sky in the infrared with far greater sensitivity than any previous mission ever has, over hundreds of millions of astronomical objects will be catalogued.
- November 29 – Presidential Elections in Honduras.
- November 30 – Vancouver, Canada will open the Canada Line rapid transit line connecting Vancouver with Richmond, British Columbia and the Vancouver International Airport.
- November 30 – December 11 – The UNFCCC’s COP15 Copenhagen 2009 conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark
- December 10 – On STS-130, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will deliver and install the Node 3 and the Cupola on the International Space Station.
- December 11 – Presidential election in Chile.
- December 12 – The Oasis of the Seas cruise ship will make its maiden voyage. When completed it will be the largest passenger ship ever built, carrying 5,400 passengers.
- December 20 – Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune, Jupiter 34′ south. Last of three triple conjunctions of Jupiter and Neptune.
- December 31 – The deadline for implementation of the controversial United States legislation REAL ID Act.
So Enjoy this year and make of it what you can!!!!