US President Barack Obama made history earlier this year when he became the first African-American to hold his country's highest office.
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Home States Ball in Washington January 20, 2009.
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs made a long-awaited public appearance after undergoing a liver transplant. Apple stocks doubled this year despite his absence.
Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs takes the stage at a special event in San Francisco, California September 9, 2009.
Tennis player Kim Clijsters provided a huge lift for working mothers around the world as she was crowned US Open champion.
Kim Clijsters of Belgium and her daughter Jada pose with the trophy after she defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the women's singles final match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2009.
The rags-to-riches romance Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars, winning eight awards, including the prize for best picture in a Hollywood triumph for a movie that almost failed to get released.
Producer Christian Colson along with the cast and crew of Slumdog Millionaire celebrate after they won the Oscar for best picture during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009.
British actress Kate Winslet won her first Oscar for her role in the film The Reader, after being nominated five times in the past 13 years.
British actress Kate Winslet, best actress nominee for The Reader, poses for photographers at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009.
British actress and Gurkha activist Joanna Lumley succeeded in her campaign to fight for Nepalese Gurkha veteran soldiers' right to settle in the UK.
Joanna Lumley celebrates with Gurkhas outside the Houses of Parliament in London May 21, 2009.
Brawn GP Formula One Driver Jenson Button, 29, became Britain's 10th world champion with a race to spare.
Button celebrates becoming the 2009 Formula One World Champion after finishing fifth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo October 18, 2009.
Tennis player Serena Williams yelled at a line judge during her semi-final match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York.
Serena Williams (L) of the US talks with tournament referee Brian Earley (2nd,R) and an official as a line judge (R) stands by during the match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, September 12, 2009.
Film Director Roman Polanski was arrested in Zurich after US authorities sought to have him extradited to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Polish-born film director Roman Polanski awaits a public talk in Potsdam February 19, 2009.
Rapper Kanye West interrupted 19-year-old US singer Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards with an on stage outburst.
Kanye West takes the microphone from best female video winner Taylor Swift as he praises the video entry from Beyonce at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, September 13, 2009.
Former Renault Team Boss Flavio Briatore received a life time ban for ordering driver Nelson Piquet to crash at last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
Flavio Briatore after unveiling the new R39 car at Algarve racetrack in this January 19, 2009.
US Auto Industry General Motors filed for bankruptcy and was the largest ever in US manufacturing.
Four 2009 Ford Focus vehicles sit with a 'Sale' sign under their hoods at a Ford dealership in Royal Oak, Michigan March 19, 2009.
Music Producer Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of the murder of a Hollywood actress in his LA area home.
Spector stands in court after he was convicted of second-degree murder in Los Angeles April 13, 2009.
Actress Lindsay Lohan was ordered to appear in court following media reports that she may have violated the terms of an alcohol education program imposed for a 2007 drunk driving case.
Lindsay Lohan attends a progress report hearing for her 2007 drunk driving case at a courthouse in Beverly Hills, California October 16, 2009.