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Last Updated: Monday January 05 2009 08:14 GMT

What's coming up in 2009?

Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus, Andy Murray and Daniel Radcliffe

2009 is here and Newsround's taking a peek at an action packed year ahead. Here's a look at the big events to watch out for in the coming months.


President-elect Barack Obama (Photo by Joaquin Siopack-Pool/Getty Images)
Barack Obama dominated the news last year, and there will be no getting away from him in 2009.

He will officially become America's president at midday on Tuesday 20 January, at a giant ceremony in Washington DC.

Millions of people are expected to turn up to see America get its first black leader.

The country is so powerful that its decisions will affect us all. Especially when it comes to the economy.

Cash crisis

Last year was difficult for lots of people. Banks around the world stopped lending people money, shops struggled to sell things and lots of people lost their jobs.

Sorting out those money problems is going to be one of the big challenges of 2009.


But away from the serious stuff, 2009 sees the release of some big movies.

Miley Cyrus (AP Photo/Disney, Matt Stroshane)

Hannah Montana finally hits the big screen in May.

And we'll finally get to see the sixth Potter film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

That's out in July.


Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Eurovision hopefuls
There's loads going on in the music world in 2009. In January, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new TV show starts.

Its aim is to find a new act to represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

And in February, all eyes will be on Miley Cyrus and Leona Lewis as they are both up for Grammy awards in America - they're like the music version of the Oscars.


Andy Murray (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
It's set to be an exciting year in sport.

Could Andy Murray be a big winner at the Australian Open in January? Fingers crossed.

Then again, there is always Wimbledon in June, and could Andy repeat his stunning form at the US Open later in the year?

Wales will be hot favourites to keep hold of their crown when the Six Nations kicks off in March.


In footy, Harry Redknapp will be hoping to continue his Tottenham turnaround by helping Spurs to retain the Carling Cup.

Lewis Hamilton (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Wire)
If you fancy a bit of pom pom action then grab your seat at the International Cheerleading competition in Telford at then end of February.

But we're going to have to wait until November to see if Lewis Hamilton can hold onto his Formula One World Champion title.

So there's loads of great stuff to look forward to!