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

  • 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.
  • 1431
    Judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government.
  • 1816
    Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.
  • 1903
    Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, son of the famous poet Alfred Tennyson, becomes the second Governor-General of Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1773
    Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)
  • 1819
    James Francis, Premier of Victoria (d. 1884)
  • 1829
    Adolf von Schlagintweit, German explorer (d. 1857)
  • 1875
    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (d. 1942)
  • 1890
    Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist (d. 1935)
  • 1916
    Peter Twinn, English World War II code-breaker (d. 2004)
  • 1944
    Jimmy Page, British musician and producer (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1955
    Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic
  • 1981
    Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer
  • 1982
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Who died on January 9?

  • 1150
    Emperor Xizong of Jin is murdered by Prince Hailing of Jin in a Coup d'état. (b. 1119)
  • 1766
    Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • 1876
    Samuel Gridley Howe, American abolitionist (b. 1801)
  • 1877
    Alexander Brullov, Russia painter (b. 1799)
  • 1901
    Richard Copley Christie, English scholar (b. 1830)
  • 1918
    Émile Reynaud, French scientist (b. 1844)
  • 1985
    Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • 1992
    Steve Brodie, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1993
    Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)
  • 1998
    Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate (b. 1918)

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