What are the important events that happened on April 9? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 9 is the 100th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 266 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 27, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 405,600 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 294 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,205 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 9 Historical Events

  • 1413
    Henry V is crowned King of England.
  • 1585
    The expedition organised by Sir Walter Raleigh departs England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.
  • 1609
    Eighty Years’ War: Spain and the Dutch Republic sign the Treaty of Antwerp to initiate twelve years of truce.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Verdun – German forces launch their third offensive of the battle.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bataan/Bataan Death March – United States forces surrender on the Bataan Peninsula. The Japanese Navy launches an air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and Royal Australian Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off the island’s east coast.
  • 1945
    The United States Atomic Energy Commission is formed.
  • 1952
    Hugo Ballivian’s government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalisation of tin mines
  • 1957
    The Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping.
  • 1961
    The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.
  • 2003
    2003 invasion of Iraq: Baghdad falls to American forces;Saddam Hussein statue topples as Iraqis turn on symbols of their former leader, pulling down the statue and tearing it to pieces.

Who were born on April 9?

  • 1806
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (d. 1859)
  • 1882
    Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, (d. 1946)
  • 1908
    Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-born painter (d. 1997)
  • 1917
    Brad Dexter, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1939
    Michael Learned, American actress
  • 1964
    Rob Awalt, American football player
  • 1979
    Jeff Reed, American football player
  • 1981
    Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player
  • 1987
    Craig Mabbitt, American singer (Escape the Fate)

Who died on April 9?

  • 93
    Yuan An, Minister over the Masses of the Han dynasty
  • 1553
    François Rabelais, French writer
  • 1926
    Zip the Pinhead, American side show performer (b. c. 1857)
  • 1945
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German resistance figure (b. 1906)
  • 1980
    Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, Islamic philosopher and economist (b. 1935)
  • 1982
    Wilfrid Pelletier, Canadian conductor (b. 1896)
  • 2002
    Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • 2003
    Earl Bramblett, American murderer (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • 2010
    Zoltán Varga, Hungarian footballer (b. 1945)

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