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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
  • 1959
    The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1975
    The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.
  • 2001
    The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1830
    Abd-ul-Aziz, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1876)
  • 1885
    Alban Berg, Austrian composer (d. 1935)
  • 1897
    Charles Kingsford Smith, Australian pilot (d. 1935)
  • 1901
    Brian Donlevy, Irish actor (d. 1972)
  • 1910
    Jacques Monod, French biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1926
    Garret FitzGerald, 7th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1929
    Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1936
    Clive Swift, British actor
  • 1943
    Jonny Nilsson, Swedish speedskater
  • 1958
    Cyrille Regis, English former footballer

Who died on February 9?

  • 1857
    Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1932
    A.K. Golam Jilani, a Bangladeshi who was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement. (b. 1904)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1973
    Max Yasgur, American farmer (Woodstock Festival) (b. 1919)
  • 1976
    Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1977
    Sergey Ilyushin, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Bill Haley, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (b. 1925)
  • 2002
    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010
    Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)

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