Bye bye 2009 ... Print comment January 20: Replacing the official picture of outgoing President George W. Bush with that of newly-sworn-in President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) January 28: Young Socialist party members light 2000 candles, representing each million paid out in bonuses to UBS bank staff. (KEYSTONE/Urs Jaudas) February 8: Socialist party candidate Corine Mauch speaks to the press after the first round of elections for mayor of Zurich. She gained enough votes in the second round in March to become the city's first woman mayor. (KEYSTONE/Urs Jaudas) February 24: The roof of the new gym at a training college in St Gallen collapsed in the early morning under the weight of snow. No-one was hurt. (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza) March 4: Change at the top at the UBS bank: Peter Kurer, left, outgoing chairman of the board and his successor, Kaspar Villiger, at a press conference on the day Villiger's appointment was announced. (KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt) February 6: As the economic crisis bites, an unemployed man scans the 'situations vacant' columns while waiting at a job centre in Rapperswil-Jona. Unemployment rose by nearly 10,000 in January. (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza) March 10: candles, flowers and letters pay tribute to 16 year old Lucie, murdered two days earlier by a 25 year old man. Her disappearance increased pressure for the introduction of a child abduction alert system. (KEYSTONE/Alessandro Della Bella) June 11: Economics Minister Doris Leuthard waits for her Italian counterpart Claudio Scajola. (KEYSTONE/Steffen Schmidt) June 17: The re-enactment of a daring escape from the cantonal prison in Schaffhausen, where a suspect being held for questioning squeezed through a hole 25 cm high and 36cm wide. (KEYSTONE/Walter Bieri) June 12: Umbrellas shield Boris Becker and Sharlely 'Lilly' Kerssenberg from the public during their civil wedding at the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (KEYSTONE/Walter Bieri) July 7: People walk past a photo of Wimbledon champion Roger Federer decorating the front of a sports shop in Oxford Street in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) July 18: U.S. artist Prince holds an umbrella as he returns to his hotel after the first of his two shows, on the last day of the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux. (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron) August 7: The Swiss catamaran Alinghi is transported over the Alps by helicopter on its way to the UAE for the Americas Cup. After a court in New York ruled in favour of the U.S. challenger, which objected to the venue, the race is now to be held off Valencia in Spain. (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron) August 30: Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist poses with an apple during the premiere of her film "Pepperminta" in Heerbrugg. (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza) September 16: Construction workers stand in front ot the Gabi 2 tunnel boring machine just after it has broken through the last metres of rock between two stretches of the new Gotthard base tunnel, which will be the longest in the world when completed. (KEYSTONE/Urs Flueeler) September 22: A limousine carrying Russian President Dmitry Medvedev heads over the Devil's Bridge near Andermatt, after a ceremony to honour Alexander Suvorov, the Russian general who fought there during the Napoleonic wars. Medvedev was on a two-day state visit to Switzerland. (KEYSTONE/Sigi Tischler) September 27: A man holds up a "Free Polanski" sticker as he waits outside the Zurich film festival in Zurich. Polanski was arrested the day before, when he arrived in the country to receive an award at the festival for his life's work. (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza) September 29: The continuing economic crisis has caused many companies to reduce their employees' hours or to close down. (KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally) October 4: A plane lands at Zurich airport, a day after the management company announced that it was abandoning the name Unique, which passengers found confusing. (KEYSTONE/Patrick B. Kraemer) October 10: Two balloons with the Swiss cross, after a solidarity action in Geneva for the two Swiss citizens held in Libya over immigration charges since August 2008. (KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini) October 18: The traditional Aelplerchilbi harvest festival at Stans, at which many locals wear traditional costume, carried on despite the miserable weather. (KEYSTONE/Urs Flueeler) November 3: Army recruits with protective masks look out of the windows of their barracks in Chur. Nearly a quarter of the recruits were found to have swine flu. (KEYSTONE/Arno Balzarini) November 18: Students occupy an auditorium in the main building of Bern University to protest against the increasing ties between education and business. Similar actions took place in other universities in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe. (KEYSTONE/Peter Klaunzer) December 4: Muslims outside the Islamic Centre in Langenthal, after the first Friday prayers since the nationwide vote to ban the building of minarets. Plans for a minaret on this centre sparked the call for the ban. (KEYSTONE/Peter Klaunzer) December 20: Temperatures fell to minus 34.2 degrees Celsius overnight in Switzerlands' coldest village, La Brevine. Plants on the shore of Lake Geneva in Lausanne were covered with ice. (KEYSTONE/Dominic Favre) This content was published on December 28, 2009 9:44 AMDec 28, 2009 - 09:44 Major and minor events of 2009. Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. 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