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, 24,687,360 minutes 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

  • 730
    Battle of Marj Ardabil: the Khazars annihilate an Umayyad army and kill its commander, al-Djarrah ibn Abdullah
  • 1872
    In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state.
  • 1875
    The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded.
  • 1905
    In France, the law separating church and state is passed.
  • 1961
    Tanganyika becomes independent from Britain.
  • 1962
    The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
  • 1981
    Philadelphia Police Department officer Daniel Faulkner is killed during a routine traffic stop; Mumia Abu-Jamal is later convicted for it and he goes on to become “perhaps the world’s best known death-row inmate” before his sentence is commuted to life without parole in December 2011.
  • 1987
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • 1988
    The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
  • 2003
    A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1571
    Metius (Adriaan Adriaanszoon), Dutch mathematician and astronomer (d. 1635)
  • 1787
    John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)
  • 1899
    Jean de Brunhoff, French author (d. 1937)
  • 1914
    Frances Reid, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1916
    Jerome Beatty Jr., American author (d. 2002)
  • 1943
    Pit Martin, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)
  • 1954
    Herman Finkers, Dutch comedian
  • 1958
    Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents)
  • 1966
    Kadyrbek Sarbayev, foreign minister
  • 1980
    Simon Helberg, American actor

Who died on December 9?

  • 748
    Nasr ibn Sayyar, last Ummayad governor of Khurasan (b. 663)
  • 1718
    Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encyclopaedist (b. 1650)
  • 1887
    Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • 1943
    Georges Dufrénoy, French post-impressionnist painter (b. 1870)
  • 1984
    Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1994
    Garnett Silk, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1966)
  • 1996
    Mary Leakey, English archaeologist and anthropologist (b. 1913)
  • 1998
    Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2002
    Stan Rice, American painter and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2009
    Gene Barry, American actor (b. 1919)

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