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, 24,249,600 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 ‘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

  • 1825
    After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1904
    Russo–Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.
  • 1920
    Under the terms of the Spitsbergen Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.
  • 1943
    World War II: Allied authorities declare Guadalcanal secure after Imperial Japan evacuates its remaining forces from the island, ending the Battle of Guadalcanal.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
  • 1975
    The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.
  • 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?

  • 1645
    Johann Aegidius Bach, German violist (d. 1716)
  • 1928
    Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1937
    Tomislav Gotovac, Croatian movie director, actor, performer, multimedia and conceptual artist (d. 2010.)
  • 1939
    Janet Suzman, South African actress
  • 1943
    Barbara Lewis, American singer and songwriter
  • 1945
    Gérard Lenorman, French singer
  • 1958
    Chris Nilan, hockey player
  • 1962
    Anik Bissonnette, French-Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
  • 1975
    Clinton Grybas, Australian football commentator (d. 2008)
  • 1979
    Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball player

Who died on February 9?

  • 1199
    Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1147)
  • 1450
    Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
  • 1881
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (b. 1821)
  • 1906
    Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet (b. 1872)
  • 1973
    Max Yasgur, American farmer (Woodstock Festival) (b. 1919)
  • 1976
    Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1977
    Sergey Ilyushin, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1894)
  • 2002
    Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)

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