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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 325 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 27, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,944 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 375 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 1,511 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.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    Under the terms of the Spitsbergen Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.
  • 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
    Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
  • 1971
    The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
  • 1973
    Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party is elected leader of the opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
  • 1995
    Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1666
    George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • 1891
    Ronald Colman, English actor (d. 1958)
  • 1909
    Carmen Miranda, Brazilian actress (d. 1955)
  • 1909
    Dean Rusk, 54th United States Secretary of State (d. 1994)
  • 1910
    Jacques Monod, French biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1954
    Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • 1975
    Viktor Chistiakov, Russian-born Australian athlete
  • 1975
    Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981
    Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • 1982
    Jameer Nelson, American basketball player

Who died on February 9?

  • 1588
    Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral.
  • 1782
    Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Lebanese orientalist (b. 1710)
  • 1803
    Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • 1960
    Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
  • 1976
    Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1994
    Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • 1997
    Barry Evans, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2002
    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Robert Kearns, Inventor of the intermittent wiper (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)

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