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

  • 1241
    Battle of Liegnitz: Mongol forces defeat the Polish and German armies.
  • 1585
    The expedition organised by Sir Walter Raleigh departs England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Verdun – German forces launch their third offensive of the battle.
  • 1918
    The National Council of Bessarabia proclaims union with the Kingdom of Romania.
  • 1918
    World War I: The Battle of the Lys – the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps is crushed by the German forces during what is called the Spring Offensive on the Belgian region of Flanders.
  • 1945
    The United States Atomic Energy Commission is formed.
  • 1969
    The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.
  • 2005
    Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor’s Guildhall.

Who were born on April 9?

  • 1498
    John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman (d. 1550)
  • 1649
    James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, illegitimate son of Charles II of Great Britain (d. 1685)
  • 1680
    Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist (d. 1754)
  • 1906
    Rafaela Aparicio, Spanish actress (d. 1996)
  • 1964
    Rick Tocchet, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Jay Wesley Neill, American murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1971
    Leo Fortune-West, English footballer
  • 1980
    Yoanna House, American model
  • 1987
    Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 2000
    Jackie Evancho, American singer

Who died on April 9?

  • 1137
    William X, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1099)
  • 1484
    Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (b. 1473)
  • 1761
    William Law, British minister (b. 1686)
  • 1909
    Helena Modjeska, Polish-American actress (b. 1840)
  • 1917
    James Hope Moulton, British Classical Greek scholar (b. 1863)
  • 1945
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German resistance figure (b. 1906)
  • 1948
    Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1970
    Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish illustrator (b. 1896)
  • 1996
    James W. Rouse, American real estate developer, activist, and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)

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