What are the important events that happened on February 9? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 9 is the 40th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 326 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 27, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,454,976,000 seconds 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 ‘tetracontagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 354 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 1,145 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 9 Historical Events

  • 1621
    Gregory XV becomes Pope, the last Pope elected by acclamation.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1870
    President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.
  • 1942
    World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
  • 1951
    Geochang massacre: Korean War
  • 1959
    The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • 1964
    The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a “record-busting” audience of 73 million viewers.
  • 1995
    Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.
  • 2001
    The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
  • 2005
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1666
    George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • 1897
    Charles Kingsford Smith, Australian pilot (d. 1935)
  • 1929
    Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1942
    Carole King, American singer
  • 1960
    Holly Johnson, British singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
  • 1963
    Brian Greene, American physicist
  • 1965
    Igor Malkov, Russian speedskater
  • 1967
    Todd Pratt, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • 1984
    Han Kyung, Chinese pop artist/Korean singer Super Junior

Who died on February 9?

  • 1709
    François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)
  • 1891
    Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)
  • 1930
    Richard With, Norwegian businessman, politician and captain, founder of Hurtigruten (b. 1846)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1976
    Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1978
    Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1980
    Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1991
    James Cleveland, American gospel singer (b. 1931)
  • 1999
    Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Tyrone Davis, American soul singer (b. 1938)

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