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

December 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 9 is the 343rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 26, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 420,216 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 ‘trihectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 72 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 1,814 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 9 Historical Events

  • 730
    Battle of Marj Ardabil: the Khazars annihilate an Umayyad army and kill its commander, al-Djarrah ibn Abdullah
  • 1851
    The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1875
    The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded.
  • 1940
    World War II: Operation Compass – British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor attack Italian forces near Sidi Barrani in Egypt.
  • 1941
    World War II: The 19th Bombardment Group attacks Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.
  • 1950
    Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
  • 1969
    United States Secretary of State William P. Rogers proposes his plan for a ceasefire in the War of Attrition; Egypt and Jordan accept it over the objections of the PLO, which leads to civil war in Jordan in September 1970.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
  • 1971
    The United Arab Emirates join the United Nations.
  • 1979
    The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1883
    Alexander Papagos, Greek General and Prime Minister (d. 1955)
  • 1898
    Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (d. 1979)
  • 1901
    Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian-born writer (d. 1938)
  • 1911
    Lee J. Cobb, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1929
    John Cassavetes, American actor and director (d. 1989)
  • 1931
    William Reynolds, American actor
  • 1945
    Matti Mäntylä, Finnish actor
  • 1949
    Tom Kite, American golfer
  • 1979
    Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer
  • 1979
    Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer

Who died on December 9?

  • 1674
    Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English statesman and historian (b. 1609)
  • 1798
    Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)
  • 1906
    Ferdinand Brunetière, French writer and critic (b. 1849)
  • 1955
    Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1967
    Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer (b. 1898)
  • 1970
    Artem Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer (b. 1905)
  • 1995
    Toni Cade Bambara, American author (b. 1939)
  • 1998
    Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2007
    Gordon Zahn, American sociologist and pacifist (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)

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