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, 1,483,920,000 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 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

  • 1806
    Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1816
    Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1894
    New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • 1927
    A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, kills 78 children.
  • 1941
    World War II: First flight of the Avro Lancaster.
  • 1965
    The Mirzapur Cadet College formally opens for academic activities in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
  • 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?

  • 1790
    Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish poet (d. 1855)
  • 1819
    James Francis, Premier of Victoria (d. 1884)
  • 1933
    Robert Garcia, American politician
  • 1939
    Susannah York, British actress (d. 2011)
  • 1951
    M.L. Carr, basketball player and coach
  • 1953
    Javad Alizadeh, Iranian cartoonist.
  • 1958
    Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • 1965
    Iain Dowie, English football manager
  • 1965
    Joely Richardson, British actress
  • 1984
    Benjamin Danso, German rugby player

Who died on January 9?

  • 1514
    Anna, Duchess of Brittany, queen of Charles VIII of France (b. 1477)
  • 1543
    Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)
  • 1571
    Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, French naval officer (b. 1510)
  • 1908
    Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born actor (b. 1840)
  • 1911
    Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (b. 1853)
  • 1931
    Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1945
    Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • 1975
    Pierre Fresnay, French actor (b. 1897)
  • 2005
    Gonzalo Gavira, Mexican film sound technician (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b. 1924)

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