Year 2009 now almost coming to an end, to those who have followed the progress of my blog should feel familiar with the title of this post…haha, yes…because around 1 year ago, at the same time, I have created a post with the same title, only with difference in years…
Time flies, everyone will be getting one year older after the new year. Yeah, it’s new year 2010, first year of the 2010’s decade. The whole year, 365 days of year 2009 finally came to an end, which is also the end of 2000’s decade. Many things have happened throughout the year.
Here, mentioned are the top 10 significant events that occured throughout the whole year, in my opinion:
1 – Inauguration of President Barack Obama
Barack Obama is taking office officially on January 2009 as the President of the United States of America. This is significant in history as he is the first African-American President of USA, the first black-skin president living in the White House. Cool, isn’t it, but his popularity went down, decreasing as nothing much have been done on economic recovery and climate change issues.
2 – Outbreak of H1N1 virus.
This virus, newly identified, previously known as swine flu originated from Mexico and United States before it spread to the whole world in an alarming rate, which caused World Health Organization (WHO) to declare pandemic at international level. Till now, the flu still exists and spreading. The current record showing over 12 000 confirmed deaths due to H1N1 and over 1 million confirmed cases detected. This virus has lead to stricter examination at airports, schools, offices, etc.
3 – Kaohsiung 2009 World Games
The World Games is the second largest international games in the world, just behind the Olympic, though it is not as celebrating as Commonwealth or Asian Games. It is still an international event, and this year, hosted in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The main stadium, World Games Stadium is the main attraction of the game, designed by Tadao Ando, and is the first solar-powered stadium in the world. China teams have also decided not to attend athletes parade during opening ceremony as China always opposes Taiwan, claiming Taiwan is part of China.
4 – Death of Michael Jackson
The sudden death of the King of Pop has shocked the world, especially to his fans. Died due to cardiac arrest in his home, the news have stunt the world with the loss of a great people, as many said that he is a legend. His upcoming concerts at London which have all the tickets sold out have to be cancelled, eventhough he had even attended the rehearsal of the concerts.
5 – Longest total solar eclipse in 21st century
22nd of July is a day for all observants, for all astronomic-based people, as people in part of Asia and Pacific Ocean have the opportunity to witness the longest total solar eclipse in 21st century that lasted for 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds. The usual bright morning with Sun is covered fully by the moon, causing the Earth to turn into darkness in few places. Incredible sight.
6 – Summer Olympic 2016 to be held at Rio de Janeiro
2nd of October 2009 is the time for the host city of Summer Olympic Games, the world largest sporting event to be announced. Four finalized applicants, Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro went into the process of voting, and finally, the unexpected Rio de Janeiro emerged as the winner. People are celebrating all around the beautiful city, knowing that they were able to bring Olympic to their home city in 2016. The most surprising is that Chicago, a very potential city, with support by President Barack Obama got eliminated in the first round.
7 – Typhoons
Every year, there will be surely natural disasters striking on our Earth, and leaving thousand of people dying and suffering. May God bless all of them…Two famous typhoons, Typhoon Morakot that struck Taiwan, leaving 500 deaths and many injuries and destruction of houses. Villages are flattened and there is one whole hotel building collapsed due to the worst flooding in Taiwan in half a century. Another one, Typhoon Ketsana, that struck Phillipines, which caused the government to declare state of emergency after serious destruction to the city area as well.
8 – Earthquakes
Earthquakes seem like very usual, always happening on Earth every year. This year, year 2009, saw two great earthquakes. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake that struck area of Samoan Islands, caused giant tsunami to the islands in the affected area, devastating buildings and beaches. Few people are killed by this disaster. On the next day (less than 24 hours in between), another earthquake measuring 7.6 struck at coast of Sumatra, Indonesia causing serious damage to the areas nearby like Padang. Over 1000 people were killed.
9 – United Nation Climate Change Conference
Many leaders of countries around the world are invited to participate on this conference, organized to deal with the world environment and climate issues. Nothing much has been done, and the conference seems to be a failure. Only reports are produced, but not much actions are done to save the Earth from further destruction. Public outcry was getting more immense, and demonstrations occured, pointing on leaders of giant countries like USA and China, the two largest carbon-emitting countries.
10 – Gaza War
I just realized that there was this war, happening between Israel and Gaza. The war occured in the beginning of the year, explosions and bombing are frightening, as war is horrible forever. Nothing much to explain on this war, started out by human themselves, due to selfish and greedy intentions. Wake up, people…we have to worry more on our Earth rather than fighting between same species.
Ahhh, in Malaysia, my country, many news were heard throughout the year too, inauguration of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, death of politician Teoh Beng Hock, visit to Malaysia by China’s President Hu Jin Tao, and many others.
Huh, a brand new year ahead, 2010….proclaimed by United Nations as the International Year of Biodiversity. We will see many important events held in 2010, Winter Olympic and Paralympic at Canada, Shanghai World Expo, Commonwealth Games at New Delhi, Asian Games at Guangzhou, FIFA World Cup at South Africa, the first Youth Olympic Games at Singapore (mainly sporting events). Year 2010 is kinda Year of Sports.
Hoping for the best in year 2010, as I’m continuing my study as the Year 2 student in Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture, in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Life will be getting more crazy next year, as more assignments will be definitely killing me, but life has to go on too. Wishing everyone reading this blog, Happy New Year 2010! Warm wishes to all, may you have a prosperous year ahead!