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, 404,160 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 ‘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

  • 1870
    President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.
  • 1889
    President Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
  • 1900
    The Davis Cup competition is established.
  • 1922
    Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Battle of the Atlantic – HMS Venturer sinks U-864 off the coast of Fedje, Norway, in a rare instance of submarine-to-submarine combat.
  • 1950
    Second Red Scare: Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1969
    First test flight of the Boeing 747.
  • 1971
    Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1973
    Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party is elected leader of the opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1846
    Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (d. 1904)
  • 1914
    Bill Justice, American Disney animator
  • 1915
    Lennard Pearce, English actor (d. 1984)
  • 1939
    Barry Mann, American singer
  • 1952
    Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Julie Warner, American actress
  • 1967
    Todd Pratt, American baseball player
  • 1981
    John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter
  • 1982
    Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • 1990
    Camille Winbush, American actress

Who died on February 9?

  • 1450
    Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
  • 1857
    Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1891
    Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1978
    Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1997
    Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet) (b. 1945)
  • 2002
    Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Tyrone Davis, American soul singer (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)

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