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.
  • 1768
    In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.
  • 1822
    The Portuguese prince Pedro I of Brazil decides to stay in Brazil against the orders of the Portuguese king João VI, starting the Brazilian independence process.
  • 1839
    The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process.
  • 1858
    Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
  • 1894
    New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli concludes with an Ottoman Empire victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.
  • 1923
    Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight.
  • 1927
    A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Montreal, Quebec, kills 78 children.
  • 1947
    Elizabeth “Betty” Short, the Black Dahlia, is last seen alive.

Who were born on January 9?

  • 1475
    Crinitus, Florentine humanist (d. 1507)
  • 1915
    Anita Louise, U.S. actress (d. 1970)
  • 1916
    Vic Mizzy, American orchestra leader (d. 2009)
  • 1934
    Bart Starr, American football player
  • 1938
    Stuart Woods, American novelist
  • 1959
    Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1973
    Angela Bettis, American actress
  • 1976
    Simon Gosejohann, German comedian
  • 1987
    Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (d. 2006)
  • 1989
    Michaëlla Krajicek, Dutch tennis player

Who died on January 9?

  • 1598
    Jasper Heywood, English translator (b. 1553)
  • 1677
    Aernout van der Neer, Dutch painter (b. 1603)
  • 1766
    Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • 1805
    Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1843
    William Hedley, British industrial engineer (b. 1773)
  • 1908
    Abraham Goldfaden, Russian-born actor (b. 1840)
  • 1990
    Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 1992
    Steve Brodie, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2003
    Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • 2011
    Makinti Napanangka, Indigenous Australian artist (b.circa 1930)

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