Ah, 2009. More than 600,000 U.S. workers lost their jobs in January alone -- and the economic news didn't get too much better from there. There were bright spots, of course, but they seemed to be few and far between. Add in the Octomom, the Balloon Boy and the sudden death of Michael Jackson, and you have one odd ride. How many of these moments of 2009 do you remember?
In June, which organization declared that the swine flu outbreak had reached pandemic proportions?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The World Health Organization
The American Academy of Family Physicians
The "Octomom" Nadya Suleman delivered eight babies on Jan. 26, and they all have a middle name in common. What is it?
Which states legalized same-sex marriages in 2009?
Iowa and New Hampshire
Vermont, New Hampshire and California
California and New York
New York, Vermont and Maine
Vermont and Iowa
Which member of the "Manson family" was released from prison in 2009?
On Aug. 20, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the man who bombed Pan-Am flight 103 in 1988, was released from prison and returned here, his home country.
The Heene family, of the infamous "Balloon Boy" incident, appeared on what reality show in 2008?
"Take Home Nanny"
"America's Got Talent"
"So You Think You Can Dance"
On June 10, white supremacist James W. von Brunn killed a guard at what Washington, D.C., museum?
the U.S. Holocaust Museum
the National Air and Space Museum
the African Art Museum
Who was elected in October to another term as Afghanistan's president?
What unexpected step did Sarah Palin take on July 3?
She decided not to run for reelection as Alaska's governor.
She announced her resignation as governor of Alaska.
She announced a future bid for the president of the United States.
On March 5, President Obama signed an executive order to reverse the Bush administration's policy on what?
gays in the military
embryonic stem cell research
Bernie Madoff was sentenced to how many years in prison on June 29?
Where was US Airways flight 1549 headed when it crash-landed into the Hudson River on Jan. 15?
Los Angeles, Calif.
St. Louis, Mo.
How much was Tiger Woods fined after his single-car accident on Nov. 27?
Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested in March for crossing North Korea's border with what country?
On April 6, an earthquake killed almost 300 people in which European country?
On June 12, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected as president of Iran, sparking violent protests in Tehran and prompting Twitter users to turn their user icons green in support of this man, his main rival.
Asif Ali Zardari
Mir Hossein Mousavi
Mohammad Ali Abtahi
The leader of what Central American country was forced into exile after a coup?
In June, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair with a woman from what South American country?
Michael Jackson died on June 25. What was the final ruling on the cause of death?
accidental drug intoxication
In the so-called "Beer Summit" on July 30, President Obama met with police sergeant James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates, a professor at which university?
University of Michigan
Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge on Aug. 6. Where did she grow up?
What was the top-grossing movie of 2009?
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"Monsters vs. Aliens"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Bush fires in what country killed 173 people in February?
Who won Super Bowl XLIII?
New England Patriots
New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers
On September 9, Joe Wilson, a representative from this state, yelled "You lie!" during President Obama's health care speech to Congress.