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

  • 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.
  • 1768
    In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.
  • 1816
    Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: the Battle of Fort Hindman begins in Arkansas.
  • 1880
    The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1571
    Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, Count of Bucquoy, soldier in Habsburg service (d. 1621)
  • 1832
    Félix-Gabriel Marchand, French-Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1900)
  • 1898
    Gracie Fields, English music hall performer (d. 1979)
  • 1914
    Kenny (Klook) Clarke, American jazz drummer and composer (d. 1985)
  • 1933
    Robert Garcia, American politician
  • 1940
    Jimmy Boyd, American actor and singer (d. 2009)
  • 1945
    John Doman, American actor
  • 1952
    Michael Capuano, American politician, United States Congressman from Massachusetts
  • 1953
    Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children’s author
  • 1961
    Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter

Who died on January 9?

  • 1543
    Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)
  • 1757
    Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (b. 1657)
  • 1876
    Samuel Gridley Howe, American abolitionist (b. 1801)
  • 1878
    King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (b. 1820)
  • 1945
    Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • 1979
    Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • 1984
    Wolfgang Staudte, German director (b. 1906)
  • 1994
    Johnny Temple, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 1998
    Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)

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