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

  • 1425
    The Catholic University of Leuven is founded.
  • 1856
    The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.
  • 1888
    Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department.
  • 1897
    Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde, in Paris.
  • 1922
    Gabriel Narutowicz is announced the first president of Poland.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declare war on Germany and Japan.
  • 1953
    Red Scare: General Electric announces that all communist employees will be discharged from the company.
  • 1958
    The John Birch Society is founded in the United States.
  • 1988
    The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1876
    Berton Churchill, American actor (d. 1940)
  • 1895
    Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer (d. 1936)
  • 1918
    Joyce Redman, Irish actress
  • 1936
    Ben Pon, Dutch vintner and Olympian and motor racing driver
  • 1960
    Stefen Fangmeier, American film director
  • 1961
    David Anthony Higgins, American actor
  • 1970
    Lance Krall, American comedian
  • 1971
    Geoff Barrow, English musician (Portishead)
  • 1974
    Wendy Dillinger, American footballer and coach
  • 1982
    Ryan Grant, American football player

Who died on December 9?

  • 1544
    Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (b. 1491)
  • 1669
    Pope Clement IX (b. 1600)
  • 1798
    Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)
  • 1830
    Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon (b. 1757)
  • 1979
    Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop and television preacher (b. 1895)
  • 1982
    Leon Jaworski, American Watergate scandal special prosecutor (b. 1905)
  • 1992
    Vincent Gardenia, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1998
    Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2007
    Gordon Zahn, American sociologist and pacifist (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)

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