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

  • 1511
    St John’s College, Cambridge, England, founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, receives its charter.
  • 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.
  • 1682
    Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
  • 1867
    Alaska purchase: Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.
  • 1909
    The U.S. Congress passes the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act.
  • 1961
    The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.
  • 1975
    8 people in South Korea, who are involved in People’s Revolutionary Party Incident, are hanged.
  • 1980
    The Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein kills philosopher Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda after three days of torture.
  • 1981
    The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington accidentally collides with the Nissho Maru, a Japanese cargo ship, sinking it.

Who were born on April 9?

  • 1895
    Michel Simon, French actor (d. 1975)
  • 1912
    Lev Kopelev, Russian author (d. 1997)
  • 1915
    Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician (d. 1968)
  • 1939
    Michael Learned, American actress
  • 1946
    David Webb, English footballer and coach
  • 1954
    Dennis Quaid, American actor
  • 1964
    Rob Awalt, American football player
  • 1982
    Jay Baruchel, Canadian actor
  • 1988
    Michel Alves Baroni, Brazilian footballer
  • 1990
    Kristen Stewart, American actress

Who died on April 9?

  • 491
    Zeno, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1483
    King Edward IV of England (b. 1442)
  • 1876
    Charles Goodyear, American politician (b. 1804)
  • 1922
    Hans Fruhstorfer, German lepidoterist (b. 1866)
  • 1940
    Mrs. Patrick Campbell, British actress (b. 1865)
  • 1953
    Eddie Cochems, American football player and coach (b. 1877)
  • 1961
    King Zog I of Albania (b. 1895)
  • 1997
    Helene Hanff, American writer (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • 2009
    Nick Adenhart, American baseball player (b. 1986)

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