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

  • 1824
    Patriot forces led by General Antonio José de Sucre defeat a Royalist army in the Battle of Ayacucho, putting an end to the Peruvian War of Independence.
  • 1835
    The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1897
    Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde, in Paris.
  • 1917
    World War I: In Palestine, Field Marshal Edmund Allenby captures Jerusalem.
  • 1931
    The Constituent Cortes approves the constitution which establishes the Second Spanish Republic.
  • 1937
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanjing – Japanese troops under the command of Lt. Gen. Asaka Yasuhiko launch an assault on the Chinese city of Nanjing.
  • 1962
    The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
  • 1979
    The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
  • 1987
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • 1988
    The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1508
    Gemma Frisius, Dutch mathematician and cartographer (d. 1555)
  • 1902
    Margaret Hamilton, American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1909
    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1917
    James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1934
    Dame Judi Dench, English actress
  • 1958
    Nick Seymour, Australian bassist (Crowded House)
  • 1965
    Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Chris Booker, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Saskia Garel, Canadian actress
  • 2001
    Ronnie Paris, American child abuse victim (d. 2005)

Who died on December 9?

  • 1641
    Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (b. 1599)
  • 1674
    Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English statesman and historian (b. 1609)
  • 1793
    Gabrielle de Polastron, comtesse de Polignac, French aristocrat (b. 1749)
  • 1930
    Rube Foster, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • 1963
    Daniel O. Fagunwa, Nigerian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Vincent Gardenia, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1994
    Garnett Silk, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1966)
  • 1995
    Toni Cade Bambara, American author (b. 1939)
  • 2002
    Ian Hornak, American painter and sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2003
    Paul Simon, American politician (b. 1928)

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