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Dec. 11 2009 7:12 AM

The Biggest Events of 2009

Vote for the most important stories of the year.


From Obamacare to Octomom, 2009 has been a great year for juicy cocktail chatter. America inaugurated its first African-American president, prepared to pull out of Iraq, became more deeply entrenched in Afghanistan, girded against the H1N1 flu virus, mourned the deaths at Fort Hood, cheered or bemoaned Sarah Palin's enduring presence, fretted over climate change, tsk-tsked at the Gosselins, and held contentious tea parties. With a list of notable events this long, Slate needs your help to rank the most important happenings of 2009.

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But the next president might. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows


The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

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