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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 26, 2015 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,449,619,200 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 ‘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 61 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 1,083 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 9 Historical Events

  • 1851
    The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1888
    Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department.
  • 1905
    In France, the law separating church and state is passed.
  • 1911
    A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners in spite of rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declare war on Germany and Japan.
  • 1956
    Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810, a Canadair North Star, crashes near Hope, British Columbia, Canada, killing all 62 people on board.
  • 1960
    The first episode of the world’s longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
  • 2008
    The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1897
    Hermione Gingold, English actress (d. 1987)
  • 1905
    Dalton Trumbo, American writer (d. 1976)
  • 1917
    James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1933
    Monique Miller, French Canadian actress
  • 1944
    Neil Innes, English singer/songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles)
  • 1952
    Liaqat Baloch, Pakistani politician
  • 1960
    Stefen Fangmeier, American film director
  • 1965
    Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • 1971
    Petr Nedvěd, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer

Who died on December 9?

  • 1930
    Rube Foster, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • 1952
    Abe Manley, American baseball team owner (b. 1885)
  • 1970
    Artem Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer (b. 1905)
  • 1971
    Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
  • 1993
    Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer and manager (b. 1926)
  • 1994
    Garnett Silk, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1966)
  • 2002
    Stan Rice, American painter and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2003
    Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Paul Simon, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)

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