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What are the important events that happened on December 9? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 9 is the 344th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 26, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,481,241,600 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 ‘trihectatetracontatetragon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 50 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 1,449 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 9 Historical Events

  • 1824
    Patriot forces led by General Antonio José de Sucre defeat a Royalist army in the Battle of Ayacucho, putting an end to the Peruvian War of Independence.
  • 1875
    The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded.
  • 1931
    The Constituent Cortes approves the constitution which establishes the Second Spanish Republic.
  • 1971
    Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
  • 1979
    The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1902
    Margaret Hamilton, American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1931
    William Reynolds, American actor
  • 1933
    Monique Miller, French Canadian actress
  • 1971
    Petr Nedvěd, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Aloísio, Brazilian footballer

Who died on December 9?

  • 1625
    Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (b. 1547)
  • 1636
    Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1718
    Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encyclopaedist (b. 1650)
  • 1964
    Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet and critic (b. 1887)
  • 2002
    Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)

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