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, 412,200 hours 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

  • 475
    Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire.
  • 1349
    The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.
  • 1857
    The Fort Tejon earthquake of California occurs, registering an estimated magnitude of 7.9.
  • 1858
    Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: the Battle of Fort Hindman begins in Arkansas.
  • 1905
    According to the Julian Calendar which is used at the time, Russian workers stage a march on the Winter Palace that ends in the massacre by Tsarist troops known as Bloody Sunday, setting off the Russian Revolution of 1905.
  • 1909
    Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 nmi from the South Pole, the furthest anyone had ever reached at that time.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli concludes with an Ottoman Empire victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.
  • 1917
    World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1823
    Johannes Friedrich August von Esmarch, German surgeon (d. 1908)
  • 1829
    Thomas William Robertson, English playwright (d. 1871)
  • 1890
    Karel Čapek, Czech writer (d. 1938)
  • 1909
    Patrick Peyton, Irish Roman Catholic prelate (d. 1992)
  • 1963
    Michael Everson, expert in writing systems and Unicode
  • 1970
    Mia X, American rapper
  • 1971
    Angie Martinez, American rapper and radio talk host
  • 1971
    Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist
  • 1972
    Jay Powell, baseball player
  • 1978
    Maggie Rizer, American model and AIDS activist

Who died on January 9?

  • 1598
    Jasper Heywood, English translator (b. 1553)
  • 1677
    Aernout van der Neer, Dutch painter (b. 1603)
  • 1878
    King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (b. 1820)
  • 1939
    Johann Strauss III, Austrian conductor (b. 1866)
  • 1946
    Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • 1961
    Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1989
    Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1992
    Bill Naughton, British playwright (b. 1910)
  • 2008
    Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b. 1924)

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