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, 404,160 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 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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 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.
  • 1904
    Russo–Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.
  • 1945
    World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
  • 1969
    First test flight of the Boeing 747.
  • 1971
    Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
  • 1971
    Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1973
    Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party is elected leader of the opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
  • 2005
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1846
    Wilhelm Maybach, German automotive designer (d. 1929)
  • 1928
    Roger Mudd, American journalist
  • 1934
    John Ziegler, former NHL Commissioner
  • 1940
    Brian Bennett, British musician (The Shadows)
  • 1944
    Alice Walker, American writer
  • 1958
    Chris Nilan, hockey player
  • 1966
    Harald Eia, Norwegian TV personality and comedian
  • 1983
    Mikel Arruabarrena, Spanish footballer
  • 1987
    Davide Lanzafame, Italian footballer
  • 1990
    Tyson Houseman, Canadian actor

Who died on February 9?

  • 1011
    Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
  • 1588
    Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral.
  • 1675
    Gerhard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1752
    Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • 1874
    Jules Michelet, French historian (b. 1798)
  • 1891
    Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)
  • 1932
    A.K. Golam Jilani, a Bangladeshi who was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement. (b. 1904)
  • 1979
    Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1980
    Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 2006
    Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)

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