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, 1,486,598,400 seconds 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

  • 474
    Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 1825
    After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    Under the terms of the Spitsbergen Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.
  • 1945
    World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
  • 1995
    Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.
  • 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?

  • 1775
    Farkas Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1856)
  • 1874
    Amy Lowell, American poet (d. 1925)
  • 1906
    André Kostolany, stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
  • 1928
    Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1950
    Richard F. Colburn, American politician
  • 1954
    Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • 1955
    Charles Shaughnessy, British actor
  • 1979
    Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball player
  • 1980
    Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • 1989
    Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player

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)
  • 1874
    Jules Michelet, French historian (b. 1798)
  • 1957
    Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral (b. 1868)
  • 1960
    Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1994
    Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • 1995
    David Wayne, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)

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