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 343rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 26, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 420,216 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 ‘trihectatetracontatrigon’ 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 72 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 1,814 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
  • 1425
    The Catholic University of Leuven is founded.
  • 1531
    The Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City.
  • 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.
  • 1888
    Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department.
  • 1958
    The John Birch Society is founded in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1966
    Barbados joins the United Nations.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
  • 1971
    The United Arab Emirates join the United Nations.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1447
    Chenghua, Emperor of China (d. 1487)
  • 1837
    Émile Waldteufel, French composer (d. 1915)
  • 1905
    Dalton Trumbo, American writer (d. 1976)
  • 1919
    William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1956
    Jean-Pierre Thiollet, French author
  • 1960
    Stefen Fangmeier, American film director
  • 1964
    Johannes B. Kerner, German TV presenter
  • 1966
    Gideon Sa'ar, Israeli politician
  • 1977
    Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter
  • 1991
    Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

Who died on December 9?

  • 1544
    Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (b. 1491)
  • 1636
    Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1932
    Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, Bangladeshi writer and social worker (b. 1880)
  • 1941
    Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • 1971
    Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
  • 1981
    Daniel Faulkner, American police officer (b. 1955)
  • 1992
    Vincent Gardenia, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1993
    Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer and manager (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Ian Hornak, American painter and sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)

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