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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 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.
  • 1895
    William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which soon comes to be referred to as volleyball.
  • 1913
    A group of meteors is visible across much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America, leading astronomers to conclude the source had been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.
  • 1942
    World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
  • 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
    The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
  • 1991
    Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1800
    Hyrum Smith, American religious leader (d. 1844)
  • 1871
    Howard Taylor Ricketts, American bacteriologist. (d. 1910)
  • 1891
    Ronald Colman, English actor (d. 1958)
  • 1909
    Dean Rusk, 54th United States Secretary of State (d. 1994)
  • 1935
    Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, British pastor, entertainer, journalist, writer and paranormal investigator
  • 1975
    Clinton Grybas, Australian football commentator (d. 2008)
  • 1981
    James Owen “The Rev” Sullivan, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
  • 1982
    Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • 1982
    Jameer Nelson, American basketball player
  • 1996
    Jimmy Bennett, American actor

Who died on February 9?

  • 1588
    Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral.
  • 1857
    Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1906
    Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet (b. 1872)
  • 1957
    Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral (b. 1868)
  • 1977
    Sergey Ilyushin, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1894)
  • 1999
    Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2002
    Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Scot Halpin, American musician, temporary drummer for The Who (b. 1954)
  • 2010
    Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)

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