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

  • 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.
  • 1788
    Connecticut becomes the fifth state to be admitted to the United States.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The “Star of the West” incident occurs near Charleston, South Carolina. It is considered by some historians to be the “First Shots of the American Civil War”.
  • 1861
    Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: the Battle of Fort Hindman begins in Arkansas.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli concludes with an Ottoman Empire victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    The Mirzapur Cadet College formally opens for academic activities in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
  • 1992
    The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of Republika Srpska, a new state within Yugoslavia.

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1624
    Empress Meishō (d. 1696)
  • 1832
    Félix-Gabriel Marchand, French-Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1900)
  • 1881
    Edouard Beaupré, horse lifter (d. 1904)
  • 1936
    Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer
  • 1942
    K Callan, American actress
  • 1942
    Lee Kun-hee, Korean industrialist, chairman of Samsung
  • 1959
    Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1963
    Michael Everson, expert in writing systems and Unicode
  • 1976
    Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer
  • 1980
    Sergio García, Spanish golfer

Who died on January 9?

  • 1877
    Alexander Brullov, Russia painter (b. 1799)
  • 1945
    Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • 1975
    Pyotr Novikov, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • 1993
    Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)
  • 1997
    Edward Osobka-Morawski, Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1909)
  • 2004
    Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
  • 2006
    Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2007
    Jean-Pierre Vernant, French structuralist historian and anthropologist (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • 2011
    Makinti Napanangka, Indigenous Australian artist (b.circa 1930)

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