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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

  • 1935
    Walter Liggett, American newspaper editor and muckraker, is killed in gangland murder.
  • 1946
    The Constituent Assembly of India meets for the first time to write the Constitution of India.
  • 1968
    NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
  • 1969
    United States Secretary of State William P. Rogers proposes his plan for a ceasefire in the War of Attrition; Egypt and Jordan accept it over the objections of the PLO, which leads to civil war in Jordan in September 1970.
  • 1973
    British and Irish authorities sign the Sunningdale Agreement in an attempt to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive and a cross-border Council of Ireland.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1912
    Tip O'Neill, American politician & 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1994)
  • 1933
    Morton Downey Jr., American talk show host (d. 2001)
  • 1950
    Joan Armatrading, St. Kitts-born English singer-songwriter
  • 1970
    Lance Krall, American comedian
  • 1981
    Mardy Fish, American tennis player

Who died on December 9?

  • 1916
    Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1964
    Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet and critic (b. 1887)
  • 1992
    Vincent Gardenia, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    Paul Simon, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)

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