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.
  • 1835
    The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1875
    The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded.
  • 1888
    Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department.
  • 1946
    The “Subsequent Nuremberg Trials” begin with the “Doctors’ Trial”, prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    The Kecksburg UFO incident: a fireball is seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania; witnesses report something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh. In 2005 NASA admits that it examined the object.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
  • 1979
    The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
  • 1988
    The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1842
    Peter Kropotkin, Russian anarchist (d. 1921)
  • 1847
    George Grossmith, English actor and writer (d. 1912)
  • 1899
    Jean de Brunhoff, French author (d. 1937)
  • 1931
    Ladislav Smoljak, Czech actor
  • 1946
    Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor
  • 1948
    Dennis Dunaway, American musician (Alice Cooper)
  • 1963
    Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer
  • 1966
    Dana Murzyn, Canadian hockey player
  • 1972
    Reiko Aylesworth, American actress
  • 1979
    Chen Hao, Chinese actress

Who died on December 9?

  • 1641
    Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (b. 1599)
  • 1669
    Pope Clement IX (b. 1600)
  • 1674
    Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English statesman and historian (b. 1609)
  • 1930
    Rube Foster, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • 1970
    Sir Feroz Khan Noon, Pakistani politician (b. 1893)
  • 1971
    Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    Ian Hornak, American painter and sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2002
    Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • 2008
    Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1972)

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