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

  • 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.
  • 1760
    Afghans defeat Marathas in the Battle of Barari Ghat.
  • 1768
    In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.
  • 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.
  • 1903
    Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, son of the famous poet Alfred Tennyson, becomes the second Governor-General of Australia.
  • 1914
    Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the first historically black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity to be officially recognized at Howard University is founded.
  • 1923
    Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight.
  • 1965
    The Mirzapur Cadet College formally opens for academic activities in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1554
    Pope Gregory XV (d. 1623)
  • 1773
    Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)
  • 1848
    Princess Frederica of Hanover (d. 1926)
  • 1898
    Gracie Fields, English music hall performer (d. 1979)
  • 1903
    Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)
  • 1931
    Algis Budrys, American author (d. 2008)
  • 1959
    Mark Martin, American race car driver
  • 1976
    Simon Gosejohann, German comedian
  • 1978
    Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer

Who died on January 9?

  • 1799
    Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)
  • 1918
    Émile Reynaud, French scientist (b. 1844)
  • 1936
    John Gilbert, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1984
    Wolfgang Staudte, German director (b. 1906)
  • 1985
    Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • 1990
    Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Johnny Temple, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 1998
    Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • 2005
    Gonzalo Gavira, Mexican film sound technician (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)

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