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.
  • 1431
    Judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government.
  • 1793
    Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first person to fly in a balloon in the United States.
  • 1806
    Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1857
    The Fort Tejon earthquake of California occurs, registering an estimated magnitude of 7.9.
  • 1861
    Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War.
  • 1878
    Umberto I becomes King of Italy.
  • 1880
    The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow.
  • 1918
    Battle of Bear Valley: The last battle of the American Indian Wars.
  • 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?

  • 1868
    S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)
  • 1879
    John Broadus Watson, American psychologist (d. 1958)
  • 1890
    Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist (d. 1935)
  • 1914
    Kenny (Klook) Clarke, American jazz drummer and composer (d. 1985)
  • 1929
    Dorothea Puente, American serial killer
  • 1934
    Bart Starr, American football player
  • 1938
    Stuart Woods, American novelist
  • 1978
    AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1978
    Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer
  • 1978
    Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on January 9?

  • 1562
    Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1514)
  • 1911
    Edvard Rusjan, Slovene flight pioneer (b. 1886)
  • 1923
    Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand writer (b. 1888)
  • 1971
    Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1979
    Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • 1981
    Kazimierz Serocki, Polish composer (b. 1922)
  • 1984
    Wolfgang Staudte, German director (b. 1906)
  • 1992
    Bill Naughton, British playwright (b. 1910)
  • 1995
    Souphanouvong, President of Laos (b. 1909)
  • 2006
    Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)

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