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 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 357 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 27, 2015 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,452,297,600 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 ‘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 30 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 1,114 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 9 Historical Events

  • 475
    Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire.
  • 1806
    Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1857
    The Fort Tejon earthquake of California occurs, registering an estimated magnitude of 7.9.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The “Star of the West” incident occurs near Charleston, South Carolina. It is considered by some historians to be the “First Shots of the American Civil War”.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: the Battle of Fort Hindman begins in Arkansas.
  • 1878
    Umberto I becomes King of Italy.
  • 1927
    A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, kills 78 children.
  • 1945
    World War II: The United States invades Luzon in the Philippines.
  • 1960
    President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.
  • 2005
    Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1624
    Empress Meishō (d. 1696)
  • 1685
    Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch philologist (d. 1766)
  • 1753
    Luísa Todi, Portuguese mezzo-soprano opera singer (d. 1833)
  • 1859
    Carrie Chapman Catt, American suffragist leader (d. 1947)
  • 1909
    Herva Nelli, Italian-born soprano (d. 1994)
  • 1967
    Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer
  • 1971
    Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director
  • 1972
    Mat Hoffman, professional BMX rider
  • 1983
    Sharad Malhotra, Indian television actor
  • 1990
    Melissa Ricks, Filipina actress

Who died on January 9?

  • 1805
    Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1901
    Richard Copley Christie, English scholar (b. 1830)
  • 1990
    Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2004
    Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
  • 2006
    Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2006
    Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor, director (b. 1937)
  • 2007
    Jean-Pierre Vernant, French structuralist historian and anthropologist (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)

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