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

  • 1861
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1889
    President Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
  • 1895
    William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which soon comes to be referred to as volleyball.
  • 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.
  • 1922
    Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1959
    The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • 1969
    First test flight of the Boeing 747.
  • 1975
    The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.
  • 1996
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares the end to its 18 month ceasefire and explodes a large bomb in London’s Canary Wharf.
  • 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?

  • 1737
    Thomas Paine, English radical liberal philosopher, American revolutionary (d. 1809)
  • 1897
    Charles Kingsford Smith, Australian pilot (d. 1935)
  • 1901
    Brian Donlevy, Irish actor (d. 1972)
  • 1909
    Dean Rusk, 54th United States Secretary of State (d. 1994)
  • 1916
    Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1946
    Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • 1953
    Father Ezechiele Ramin MCCJ, Italian Comboni missionary priest and martyr (d. 1985)
  • 1963
    Travis Tritt, American singer
  • 1974
    Erra Fazira, Malaysian actress and beauty queen
  • 1989
    Gia Farrell, American singer

Who died on February 9?

  • 1777
    Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1957
    Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral (b. 1868)
  • 1966
    Sophie Tucker, Russian-born actress (b. 1884)
  • 1979
    Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1980
    Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1995
    David Wayne, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1999
    Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Christopher Hyatt Occultist,Philosopher and Author. (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Scot Halpin, American musician, temporary drummer for The Who (b. 1954)

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