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

  • 1531
    The Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City.
  • 1875
    The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded.
  • 1922
    Gabriel Narutowicz is announced the first president of Poland.
  • 1941
    World War II: The 19th Bombardment Group attacks Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810, a Canadair North Star, crashes near Hope, British Columbia, Canada, killing all 62 people on board.
  • 1958
    The John Birch Society is founded in the United States.
  • 1961
    Tanganyika becomes independent from Britain.
  • 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?

  • 1610
    Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato (d. 1680)
  • 1911
    Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese educator (d. 2007)
  • 1940
    Clancy Eccles, Jamaican Reggae Musician (d. 2005)
  • 1944
    Tadashi Irie, Japanese yakuza boss
  • 1955
    Otis Birdsong, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Joe Lando, American actor
  • 1966
    Kadyrbek Sarbayev, foreign minister
  • 1967
    Jason Dozzell, English footballer
  • 1970
    Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer
  • 1980
    Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist

Who died on December 9?

  • 1793
    Gabrielle de Polastron, comtesse de Polignac, French aristocrat (b. 1749)
  • 1924
    Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer and music teacher (b. 1854)
  • 1964
    Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet and critic (b. 1887)
  • 1996
    Diana Morgan, British playwright and screenwriter (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • 2004
    David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 2005
    Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2007
    Gordon Zahn, American sociologist and pacifist (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)

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