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, 414,360 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 ‘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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court’s 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.
  • 1957
    The Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping.
  • 1968
    Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1969
    The “Chicago Eight” plead not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1992
    A U.S. Federal Court finds former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drug and racketeering charges. He is sentenced to 30 years in prison.
  • 1992
    John Major’s Conservative Party wins an unprecedented fourth general election victory in the United Kingdom.
  • 2009
    In Tbilisi, Georgia, up to 60,000 people protest against the government of Mikheil Saakashvili.

Who were born on April 9?

  • 1680
    Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist (d. 1754)
  • 1806
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (d. 1859)
  • 1865
    Charles Proteus Steinmetz, German-born engineer and mathematician (d. 1923)
  • 1895
    Michel Simon, French actor (d. 1975)
  • 1912
    Lev Kopelev, Russian author (d. 1997)
  • 1939
    Michael Learned, American actress
  • 1980
    Yoanna House, American model
  • 1981
    Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
  • 1984
    Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player
  • 1990
    Kristen Stewart, American actress

Who died on April 9?

  • 1137
    William X, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1099)
  • 1483
    King Edward IV of England (b. 1442)
  • 1553
    François Rabelais, French writer
  • 1940
    Mrs. Patrick Campbell, British actress (b. 1865)
  • 1945
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German resistance figure (b. 1906)
  • 1953
    C.E.M. Joad, English philosopher and broadcaster (b. 1891)
  • 1980
    Bint al-Huda, Islamic writer (b. 1938)
  • 1996
    James W. Rouse, American real estate developer, activist, and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • 1997
    Mae Boren Axton, American singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)

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