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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?

  • Angel
  • Stacy
  • Cooper
  • Connor

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?

  • Lynette Fromme
  • Mary Brunner
  • Susan Atkins

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.

  • Yemen
  • Syria
  • Jordan
  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Libya
  • Pakistan
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan

The Heene family, of the infamous "Balloon Boy" incident, appeared on what reality show in 2008?

  • "Nanny 911"
  • "Take Home Nanny"
  • "America's Got Talent"
  • "So You Think You Can Dance"
  • "Wife Swap"
  • "Super Nanny"

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?

  • Mohammad Fahim
  • Hamid Karzai
  • Pervez Musharraf
  • Mahmoud Ahmedinejad
  • Zahir Shah

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
  • abortion

Bernie Madoff was sentenced to how many years in prison on June 29?

  • 150
  • 25
  • 95

Where was US Airways flight 1549 headed when it crash-landed into the Hudson River on Jan. 15?

  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Seattle, Wash.

How much was Tiger Woods fined after his single-car accident on Nov. 27?

  • $58
  • $164
  • $1,028

Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested in March for crossing North Korea's border with what country?

  • China
  • South Korea

On April 6, an earthquake killed almost 300 people in which European country?

  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Italy
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Poland

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
  • Ali Khamenei
  • Mohammad Ali Abtahi

The leader of what Central American country was forced into exile after a coup?

  • Honduras
  • Belize
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama

In June, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair with a woman from what South American country?

  • Venezuela
  • Colombia
  • Uruguay
  • Ecuador
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Argentina

Michael Jackson died on June 25. What was the final ruling on the cause of death?

  • suicide
  • homicide
  • 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?

  • Princeton
  • Penn State
  • Harvard
  • University of Michigan

Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge on Aug. 6. Where did she grow up?

  • Detroit
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • the Bronx

What was the top-grossing movie of 2009?

  • "Star Trek"
  • "Up"
  • "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
  • "The Hangover"
  • "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?

  • Ethiopia
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • India
  • Uganda
  • Chile
  • Thailand

Who won Super Bowl XLIII?

  • New England Patriots
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • New York Giants
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dallas Cowboys

On September 9, Joe Wilson, a representative from this state, yelled "You lie!" during President Obama's health care speech to Congress.

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • Mississippi
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wyoming
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia