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

January 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 9 is the 9th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 356 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 27, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,483,920,000 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 ‘enneagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 19 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 1,480 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 9 Historical Events

  • 1127
    Invading Jurchen soldiers from the Jin Dynasty besiege and sack Bianjing (Kaifeng), the capital of the Song Dynasty of China, and abduct Emperor Qinzong and others, ending the Northern Song Dynasty.
  • 1788
    Connecticut becomes the fifth state to be admitted to the United States.
  • 1793
    Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first person to fly in a balloon in the United States.
  • 1839
    The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process.
  • 1861
    Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War.
  • 1880
    The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.
  • 1921
    Greco-Turkish War: The First Battle of İnönü, the first battle of the war, began near Eskişehir in Anatolia.
  • 1964
    Martyrs’ Day: Several Panamanian youths try to raise the Panamanian flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, leading to fighting between U.S. military and Panamanian civilians.
  • 1965
    The Mirzapur Cadet College formally opens for academic activities in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
  • 1996
    First Chechen War: Chechen separatists launch a raid against the helicopter airfield and later a civilian hospital in the city of Kizlyar in the neighbouring Republic of Dagestan, which turns into a massive hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1745
    Caleb Strong, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)
  • 1890
    Karel Čapek, Czech writer (d. 1938)
  • 1935
    Brian Harradine, Australian independent Senator
  • 1942
    Lee Kun-hee, Korean industrialist, chairman of Samsung
  • 1953
    Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children’s author
  • 1965
    Eric Erlandson, American musician
  • 1967
    Gary Teichmann, South African rugby player
  • 1982
    Timmy Bowers, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1987
    Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (d. 2006)

Who died on January 9?

  • 1805
    Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1873
    Emperor Napoleon III of France (b. 1808)
  • 1918
    Émile Reynaud, French scientist (b. 1844)
  • 1947
    Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (b. 1893)
  • 1975
    Pierre Fresnay, French actor (b. 1897)
  • 1981
    Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer (b. 1922)
  • 1984
    Wolfgang Staudte, German director (b. 1906)
  • 1989
    Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1990
    Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Steve Brodie, American actor (b. 1919)

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