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

  • 1849
    New Roman Republic established
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1885
    The first Japanese government-approved immigrants arrive in Hawaii.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
  • 1964
    The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a “record-busting” audience of 73 million viewers.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1971
    The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
  • 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?

  • 1871
    Howard Taylor Ricketts, American bacteriologist. (d. 1910)
  • 1893
    Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, Greek lawyer, politician and Prime Minister (d. 1987)
  • 1936
    Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer
  • 1939
    Janet Suzman, South African actress
  • 1947
    Reinhard Adler, German footballer
  • 1967
    Todd Pratt, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985
    David Gallagher, American actor
  • 1986
    Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • 1990
    Tyson Houseman, Canadian actor

Who died on February 9?

  • 1555
    John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester & Worcester (burned at the stake) (b. ca. 1495/1500)
  • 1752
    Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • 1782
    Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Lebanese orientalist (b. 1710)
  • 1906
    Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet (b. 1872)
  • 1932
    A.K. Golam Jilani, a Bangladeshi who was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement. (b. 1904)
  • 1966
    Sophie Tucker, Russian-born actress (b. 1884)
  • 1994
    Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • 1995
    David Wayne, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2001
    Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2008
    Scot Halpin, American musician, temporary drummer for The Who (b. 1954)

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