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

  • 1760
    Afghans defeat Marathas in the Battle of Barari Ghat.
  • 1768
    In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.
  • 1793
    Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first person to fly in a balloon in the United States.
  • 1806
    Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1903
    Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, son of the famous poet Alfred Tennyson, becomes the second Governor-General of Australia.
  • 1923
    Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight.
  • 1927
    A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, kills 78 children.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    An inflatable boat carrying illegal Albanian emigrants stalls near the Karaburun Peninsula while on the way to Brindisi, Italy; exposure to the elements kills 28.

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1881
    Giovanni Papini, Italian writer (d. 1956)
  • 1903
    Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)
  • 1928
    Domenico Modugno, Italian singer and songwriter (d. 1994)
  • 1951
    M.L. Carr, basketball player and coach
  • 1959
    Mark Martin, American race car driver
  • 1970
    Mia X, American rapper
  • 1971
    Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian author
  • 1978
    AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1983
    Sharad Malhotra, Indian television actor
  • 1986
    Jéferson, Brazilian footballer

Who died on January 9?

  • 1283
    Wen Tianxiang, Prime Minister of China (executed) (b. 1236)
  • 1757
    Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician (b. 1688)
  • 1895
    Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American watch manufacturer (b. 1812)
  • 1908
    Wilhelm Busch, German painter (b. 1832)
  • 1975
    Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • 1997
    Edward Osobka-Morawski, Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1909)
  • 1998
    Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • 2000
    Ted Jones, Hydroplane builder/designer (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2008
    Liam Quinn, Provisional IRA member (b. 1949)

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