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, 24,204,960 minutes 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

  • 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.
  • 1760
    Afghans defeat Marathas in the Battle of Barari Ghat.
  • 1788
    Connecticut becomes the fifth state to be admitted to the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli concludes with an Ottoman Empire victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.
  • 1927
    A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, kills 78 children.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of Republika Srpska, a new state within Yugoslavia.
  • 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?

  • 1571
    Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, Count of Bucquoy, soldier in Habsburg service (d. 1621)
  • 1839
    John Knowles Paine, American composer (d. 1906)
  • 1856
    Anton Aškerc, Slovenian priest and poet (d. 1912)
  • 1870
    Joseph B Strauss, American civil engineer (d. 1938)
  • 1909
    Patrick Peyton, Irish Roman Catholic prelate (d. 1992)
  • 1914
    Kenny (Klook) Clarke, American jazz drummer and composer (d. 1985)
  • 1950
    David Johansen, American singer
  • 1970
    Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboardist (Rhapsody Of Fire)
  • 1971
    Scott Thornton, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (d. 2006)

Who died on January 9?

  • 1800
    Jean Étienne Championnet, French general (b. 1762)
  • 1908
    Wilhelm Busch, German painter (b. 1832)
  • 1931
    Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1936
    John Gilbert, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1981
    Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer (b. 1922)
  • 1984
    Wolfgang Staudte, German director (b. 1906)
  • 1992
    Steve Brodie, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1995
    Peter Cook, British actor and comedian (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
  • 2007
    Jean-Pierre Vernant, French structuralist historian and anthropologist (b. 1914)

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