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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
  • 1917
    World War I: In Palestine, Field Marshal Edmund Allenby captures Jerusalem.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1889
    Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (d. 1966)
  • 1934
    Dame Judi Dench, English actress
  • 1934
    Junior Wells, American musician (d. 1998)
  • 1966
    Julio Alberto Rodas Hurtarte, former soccer player
  • 1976
    Chris Booker, American baseball player

Who died on December 9?

  • 1640
    Pierre Fourier, Roman Catholic saint and French priest (b. 1565)
  • 1924
    Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer and music teacher (b. 1854)
  • 1965
    Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)
  • 2002
    Ian Hornak, American painter and sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)

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