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, 24,249,600 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 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

  • 474
    Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1621
    Gregory XV becomes Pope, the last Pope elected by acclamation.
  • 1900
    The Davis Cup competition is established.
  • 1920
    Under the terms of the Spitsbergen Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party is elected leader of the opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
  • 1975
    The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.
  • 1991
    Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.
  • 1996
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares the end to its 18 month ceasefire and explodes a large bomb in London’s Canary Wharf.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1773
    William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (d. 1841)
  • 1830
    Abd-ul-Aziz, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1876)
  • 1914
    Bill Justice, American Disney animator
  • 1935
    Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, British pastor, entertainer, journalist, writer and paranormal investigator
  • 1937
    Tomislav Gotovac, Croatian movie director, actor, performer, multimedia and conceptual artist (d. 2010.)
  • 1953
    Father Ezechiele Ramin MCCJ, Italian Comboni missionary priest and martyr (d. 1985)
  • 1971
    Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • 1978
    Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1981
    Tom Hiddleston, English actor
  • 1989
    Gia Farrell, American singer

Who died on February 9?

  • 1555
    John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester & Worcester (burned at the stake) (b. ca. 1495/1500)
  • 1619
    Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1751
    Henri François d'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (b. 1668)
  • 1957
    Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral (b. 1868)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1978
    Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 2004
    Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Christopher Hyatt Occultist,Philosopher and Author. (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)

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