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

February 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 9 is the 40th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 326 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 404,160 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 ‘tetracontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 354 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 1,145 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 9 Historical Events

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 1889
    President Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
  • 1922
    Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1945
    World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
  • 2005
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1666
    George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • 1909
    Carmen Miranda, Brazilian actress (d. 1955)
  • 1929
    Danny Malloy (Boxer), Scottish professional boxer and footballer
  • 1963
    Brian Greene, American physicist
  • 1979
    Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater

Who died on February 9?

  • 1782
    Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Lebanese orientalist (b. 1710)
  • 1906
    Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet (b. 1872)
  • 1978
    Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 1995
    J. William Fulbright, American politician (b. 1905)
  • 2001
    Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)

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