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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: British troops lose the Battle of Great Bridge, and leave Virginia soon afterward.
  • 1793
    New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
  • 1835
    The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1905
    In France, the law separating church and state is passed.
  • 1911
    A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners in spite of rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 1937
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanjing – Japanese troops under the command of Lt. Gen. Asaka Yasuhiko launch an assault on the Chinese city of Nanjing.
  • 1946
    The “Subsequent Nuremberg Trials” begin with the “Doctors’ Trial”, prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
  • 1973
    British and Irish authorities sign the Sunningdale Agreement in an attempt to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive and a cross-border Council of Ireland.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1608
    John Milton, English poet (d. 1674)
  • 1610
    Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato (d. 1680)
  • 1901
    Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian-born writer (d. 1938)
  • 1912
    Tip O'Neill, American politician & 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1994)
  • 1914
    Frances Reid, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1915
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born soprano (d. 2006)
  • 1941
    Beau Bridges, American actor
  • 1960
    Dobroslav Paraga,Croatian politician and editor
  • 1972
    Tre Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day)
  • 1977
    Saskia Garel, Canadian actress

Who died on December 9?

  • 1437
    Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1368)
  • 1636
    Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1674
    Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English statesman and historian (b. 1609)
  • 1887
    Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • 1952
    Abe Manley, American baseball team owner (b. 1885)
  • 1965
    Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)
  • 1967
    Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer (b. 1898)
  • 1995
    Douglas Corrigan, American aviator (b. 1907)
  • 1996
    Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • 2007
    Gordon Zahn, American sociologist and pacifist (b. 1918)

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