2009 Recap: Do you feel old yet?
Weirdly enough, 2019 is the final 365 days of the 2010’s decade. Despite all the years that have passed, our childhood still feels like it was yesterday. Some might not even realize how long ago things happened until they actually look at the dates. For instance, 2009 was ten years ago and had many memorable moments, that do not feel as though it was that long ago.
2009 brought many great movies to the big screen. In March, Universal Pictures released the fourth movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise, which was entitled “Fast & Furious”. Although it is the fourth movie, the time period is set between the second and third film. According to forbes.com, “Fast & Furious” was the highest earning movie in the series when it was released, with a worldwide box office earning $363.2 million.
Another major action movie from 2009 was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Similar to “Fast & Furious”, this movie was the fourth movie in its series known as X-Men. The movie is centered on Marvel Comics character, Wolverine and his childhood and life before the first X-Men movie. It is also the first movie in the Wolverine trilogy that Marvel created, and according to imdb.com, it was the thirteenth most popular movie in 2009.
Other populars movies from 2009 were “Avatar” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the sixth movie in the Harry Potter series, based off of J.K. Rowling’s book series of the same name.
One of the most notable movies of 2009 was Pixar’s “Up,” which is still one of the most beloved movies by Disney fans of all ages. The animated film is about the journey of the elderly Carl Fredricksen as he uses hundreds of balloons to fly his house out of the city, in search of a waterfall that he and his late wife had always wanted to see. Carl is joined by a Wilderness Scout named Russell, and the two go on a great journey and end up finding friendship along the way.
2009 was also a notable year in the music industry, with many songs that have continued to be iconic for the past decade. The Black Eyed Peas had two of the top songs of the year, titled “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow”. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga was also released, and is still one of the most popular songs that she has released. Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift both had successful years as well with the release of Cyrus’ songs “Party in the U.S.A.” and “The Climb” and Swift’s album “Fearless”, which topped the charts as the best selling album of the year. However, the most iconic song from 2009, is one of society’s favorite songs to hate, “Fireflies” by Owl City.
To go along with all the big movies and songs from 2009, there were several big headlines that are still quite notable.
To start off the year, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was sworn into office on January 20th. President Obama went on to serve two terms and was eventually succeeded by Donald Trump, who is currently in office, as of publication.
Halfway through the year, the world had to say goodbye to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The “Thriller” and “Man in the Mirror” singer was found unconscious in his home and pronounced dead at the hospital. His doctor was arrested and convicted of involuntary manslaughter after prescribing a mix of drugs that eventually resulted in his death. According to cnn.com, the news of Jackson’s death broke the internet to the point where several new sites would not load and AOL (yes, AOL was still popular ten years ago) even crashed for 40 minutes. Despite passing a decade ago, Michael Jackson is still remembered as one of the greatest music icons in history.
Later that year, Taylor Swift was a part of a historical moment in the entertainment industry. While accepting her Best Female Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West came on stage, took her microphone, and proceeded to tell Swift, and the world, that Beyonce’s music video to her song “Single Ladies” was “one of the best in the world” and shared that he believed that Beyonce deserved the award. This was one of the first major moments in the Kanye West vs Taylor Swift feud, that has been going on for a decade.
About a month after the VMA’s, the country was in a panic as headlines surfaced of a young boy who was floating away in a helium balloon. According to cnn.com, the family had told reporters and police that their six year old son had untied the balloon, crawled inside, and had begun to float away. After being brought to the ground by the National Guard, the balloon was found to be empty. Officials proceeded to begin a ground investigation for the boy. In the end, police discovered that the boy was hidden in the family’s attic and the family had only pulled this stunt in hopes of finding fame.
2009 may have been ten years ago, but it still had many memorable moments and creations that are still around today. And if you still don’t feel old, just remember that in 2009, kids were all about trading Silly Bandz and the newest iPhone to be released was the iPhone 3GS.