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 344th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 26, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,481,241,600 seconds 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 ‘trihectatetracontatetragon’ 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 50 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 1,449 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 9 Historical Events

  • 1793
    New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
  • 1835
    The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1935
    Walter Liggett, American newspaper editor and muckraker, is killed in gangland murder.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    The first episode of the world’s longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
  • 1968
    NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    British and Irish authorities sign the Sunningdale Agreement in an attempt to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive and a cross-border Council of Ireland.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1845
    Joel Chandler Harris, American writer (Uncle Remus)(d. 1908)
  • 1886
    Clarence Birdseye, American frozen food manufacturer (d. 1956)
  • 1898
    Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (d. 1979)
  • 1916
    Kirk Douglas, American actor
  • 1931
    Ladislav Smoljak, Czech actor
  • 1957
    Peter O’Mara, Australian jazz guitarist and comopser
  • 1966
    Shane Scott, American director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, musician
  • 1966
    Spencer Rochfort, Canadian-American actor
  • 1980
    Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist
  • 1984
    Leon Hall, American football player

Who died on December 9?

  • 748
    Nasr ibn Sayyar, last Ummayad governor of Khurasan (b. 663)
  • 1544
    Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (b. 1491)
  • 1565
    Pope Pius IV (b. 1499)
  • 1674
    Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English statesman and historian (b. 1609)
  • 1854
    Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (b. 1799)
  • 1971
    Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
  • 1996
    Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • 2001
    Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • 2008
    Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1972)

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