Top Ten Lists and 2010 Greatest Hope Poll Featured on Infoplease.com's 2009 Year in Review

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As we go about planning and making resolutions for the New Year, it is important to reflect on the past year's events, issues and great moments

2009 was a year of highs and lows, tragedies and triumphs. Threats of a H1N1 worldwide pandemic loomed, while millions of teenagers flocked to see movies about vampires. Infoplease, the trusted reference site, recaps and analyzes the top events of the year in the United States and around the world in a special "2009 Year in Review " section.

In a year-end Infoplease poll, visitors to the site can share their views on the "Top News Story of 2009 " by naming either the continued economic malaise, the alleged affairs of Tiger Woods, or the debate over health-care reform, as the most important story that dominated the news wires during the last year. Then they can look ahead by taking the "Greatest Hope for 2010 " poll.

"As we go about planning and making resolutions for the New Year, it is important to reflect on the past year's events, issues and great moments," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. "Infoplease provides a variety of formats, such as top ten lists, thoughtful articles and year-end quizzes, to look back at events that unfolded in 2009 and to assess the impact they may have on our lives in 2010 and perhaps even for years to come."

This year's review includes an in-depth analysis and month-by-month look at the top news stories of the nation and the world. Infoplease visitors will learn more about the year's memorable firsts, including President Obama's inauguration as the nation's first black president, and Sonia Sotomayor's appointment as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. They can also reflect on international events, such as the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued unrest in Pakistan and Iran.

The "2009 People in the News" section provides details on the famous and infamous individuals that shaped our world this year, from singer and Internet sensation, Susan Boyle, to Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France. Other people in the spotlight include Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, the U.S. Airways pilot who landed on the Hudson River, and the "White House Party Crashers." A special biography section reviews the people in the news who died in 2009, from world leaders to criminals, from actors to professional athletes.

Top Ten Lists are always a fun way to think about a year that has come and gone and Infoplease features many on hot topics, such as "America's Best Hospitals 2009," "Richest Americans 2009" and "Fattest Countries in the World."

Once they have digested all of the highs and lows of the past year, Infoplease visitors can test their knowledge of 2009 by taking the site's year-end interactive quizzes , such as the "Pop Culture News 2009" and "Places in the News 2009."quiz. Then, after thinking carefully about 2009, Infoplease visitors can get a head start on planning for the New Year with the site's 2010 Calendar and Holidays , featuring the dates for all of the year's holidays and celebrations.

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