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, 24,776,640 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 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.
  • 1904
    Russo–Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    The Balkan Entente is formed.
  • 1945
    World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
  • 1950
    Second Red Scare: Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1971
    Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
  • 1995
    Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.
  • 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?

  • 1748
    Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
  • 1789
    Franz Xaver Gabelsberger, German inventor of the stenography (d. 1849)
  • 1925
    Burkhard Heim, German physicist (d. 2001)
  • 1931
    Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • 1935
    Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, British pastor, entertainer, journalist, writer and paranormal investigator
  • 1941
    Sheila Kuehl, American actress
  • 1943
    Barbara Lewis, American singer and songwriter
  • 1947
    Reinhard Adler, German footballer
  • 1966
    Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • 1971
    Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer

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)
  • 1619
    Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1891
    Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)
  • 1980
    Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1984
    Yuri Andropov, Soviet politician (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    J. William Fulbright, American politician (b. 1905)
  • 2007
    Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Scot Halpin, American musician, temporary drummer for The Who (b. 1954)

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