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 99th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 266 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 27, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,861,600 minutes 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 ‘enneacontaenneagon’ 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 316 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 1,570 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 9 Historical Events

  • 1388
    Despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy are victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels.
  • 1511
    St John’s College, Cambridge, England, founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, receives its charter.
  • 1682
    Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
  • 1782
    American War of Independence: Battle of the Saintes begins.
  • 1939
    Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall.
  • 1948
    Jorge Eliécer Gaitán’s assassination provokes a violent riot in Bogotá (the Bogotazo), and a further ten years of violence in Colombia known as La violencia.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    The first game of the Philippine Basketball Association, the second oldest professional basketball league in the world.
  • 2011
    A gunman murdered five people, injured eleven, and committed suicide in a mall in the Netherlands.

Who were born on April 9?

  • 1597
    John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (d. 1670)
  • 1865
    Erich Ludendorff, German general in World War I (d. 1937)
  • 1904
    Sharkey Bonano, American musician (d. 1972)
  • 1905
    J. William Fulbright, American politician (d. 1995)
  • 1908
    Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-born painter (d. 1997)
  • 1953
    John Howard, English singer-songwriter
  • 1971
    Leo Fortune-West, English footballer
  • 1979
    Jeff Reed, American football player
  • 1980
    Yoanna House, American model
  • 1989
    Danielle Kahle, American figure skater

Who died on April 9?

  • 1483
    King Edward IV of England (b. 1442)
  • 1747
    Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, Scottish clan chief
  • 1754
    Christian Wolff, German philosopher (b. 1679)
  • 1953
    Eddie Cochems, American football player and coach (b. 1877)
  • 1963
    Eddie Edwards, American jazz tromboner (b. 1891)
  • 1976
    Dagmar Nordstrom, American composer, pianist (b. 1903)
  • 1988
    David Prater, American singer (Sam & Dave) (b. 1937)
  • 1997
    Helene Hanff, American writer (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)

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