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    23 Things That Happened In January 2009 That’ll Make You Say “OMG, Can’t Believe All That Happened 10 Years Ago”

    It was a decade ago that Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga both became the biggest artists in the world and the U.S. got a brand-new president!

    1. Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"...

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    2. ...and Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" were the No. 1 songs in the country...and also the No. 1 songs that got everyone running to the dance floor.


    3. Lady Gaga also rocked her iconic bow hair.

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    4. The Kings of Leon dominated alternative radio with their smash hit, "Sex on Fire."

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    5. Taylor Swift had the No. 1 album in the country...

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    6. ...and she also performed on SNL for the first time (in case you forgot, Neil Patrick Harris hosted).

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    7. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced they were engaged.

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    8. Fergie and Josh Duhamel got married.

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    9. Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy broke up after dating for five years.

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    10. Joaquin Phoenix said he was quitting acting to pursue a rap career.

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    11. Kelly Rowland announced she would no longer be rep'd by her long-time manager, Mathew Knowles (aka Beyoncé's dad).

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    12. Faye Dunaway and Hilary Duff started their feud after Faye reportedly said, "Couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?" upon hearing Hilary would play "Bonnie" in a Bonnie & Clyde remake (a role that Faye immortalized).

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    13. Jessica Simpson got the internet in a tizzy after wearing these infamous jeans:

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    14. Speaking, of the internet, January 2009 was also when "David After Dentist" was uploaded onto YouTube.

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    15. The Oscar nominations were announced and, as expected, Heath Ledger received a posthumous nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

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    16. Katy Perry said she was taking a vow of celibacy, but took it back the next day.

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    17. The 66th Golden Globes award show aired, and some of the big winners were Slumdog Millionaire for Best Motion-Picture Drama...

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    18. ...Mad Men for Best Television Series – Drama...

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    19. ...and 30 Rock for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin also won Best Performances Globes in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for their performances on the show).

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    20. Kara DioGuardi made her debut as a judge on the eighth season of American Idol.

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    21. Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Taken were among the movies released into theaters that month.

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    22. The Miracle on the Hudson happened.

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    23. And finally, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

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