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What are the important events that happened on December 9? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 9 is the 344th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 26, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 411,456 hours 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 ‘trihectatetracontatetragon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 50 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 1,449 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 9 Historical Events

  • 1911
    A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners in spite of rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 1922
    Gabriel Narutowicz is announced the first president of Poland.
  • 1962
    The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
  • 1988
    The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland is officially opened.
  • 2003
    A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1594
    Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (d. 1632)
  • 1942
    Dick Butkus, American football player
  • 1946
    Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor
  • 1958
    Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents)
  • 1982
    Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete

Who died on December 9?

  • 1998
    Archie Moore, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • 2009
    Gene Barry, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2010
    John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)

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