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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 1788
    The Habsburg Empire joins the Russo-Turkish War in the Russian camp.
  • 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.
  • 1895
    William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which soon comes to be referred to as volleyball.
  • 1951
    Geochang massacre: Korean War
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1971
    Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1991
    Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1846
    Wilhelm Maybach, German automotive designer (d. 1929)
  • 1885
    Alban Berg, Austrian composer (d. 1935)
  • 1909
    Carmen Miranda, Brazilian actress (d. 1955)
  • 1940
    J. M. Coetzee, South African author, Nobel laureate
  • 1946
    Jim Webb, American politician, senior senator of Virginia
  • 1955
    Charles Shaughnessy, British actor
  • 1957
    Gordon Strachan, Scottish football player and manager
  • 1972
    Crispin Freeman, American voice actor
  • 1978
    Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985
    Rachel Melvin, American actress

Who died on February 9?

  • 1555
    Rowland Taylor, English pastor (executed) (b. 1510)
  • 1675
    Gerhard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1777
    Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1803
    Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1995
    J. William Fulbright, American politician (b. 1905)
  • 1997
    Barry Evans, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2002
    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)

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