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, 411,456 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1911
    A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners in spite of rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declare war on Germany and Japan.
  • 1946
    The Constituent Assembly of India meets for the first time to write the Constitution of India.
  • 1950
    Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
  • 1961
    Tanganyika becomes independent from Britain.
  • 1962
    The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
  • 1968
    NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
  • 2000
    The Supreme Court of the United States stays the sixth Florida recount.
  • 2003
    A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1447
    Chenghua, Emperor of China (d. 1487)
  • 1667
    William Whiston, English mathematician (d. 1752)
  • 1868
    Fritz Haber, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934)
  • 1936
    Ben Pon, Dutch vintner and Olympian and motor racing driver
  • 1941
    Dan Hicks, American musician
  • 1943
    Pit Martin, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)
  • 1945
    Michael Nouri, American actor
  • 1969
    Allison Smith, American actress
  • 1980
    Simon Helberg, American actor
  • 1990
    LaFee, German singer

Who died on December 9?

  • 1830
    Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon (b. 1757)
  • 1963
    Daniel O. Fagunwa, Nigerian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 1970
    Artem Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer (b. 1905)
  • 1984
    Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1995
    Toni Cade Bambara, American author (b. 1939)
  • 1996
    Mary Leakey, English archaeologist and anthropologist (b. 1913)
  • 1998
    Archie Moore, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • 2008
    Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2010
    James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)

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