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

February 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 9 is the 40th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 326 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 27, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,454,976,000 seconds 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 ‘tetracontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 354 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 1,145 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 9 Historical Events

  • 1555
    Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake.
  • 1913
    A group of meteors is visible across much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America, leading astronomers to conclude the source had been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.
  • 1942
    World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 1975
    The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.

Who were born on February 9?

  • 1909
    Heather Angel, British actress (d. 1986)
  • 1914
    Bill Justice, American Disney animator
  • 1928
    Frank Frazetta, American illustrator (d. 2010)
  • 1966
    Harald Eia, Norwegian TV personality and comedian
  • 1979
    Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball player

Who died on February 9?

  • 1619
    Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1874
    Jules Michelet, French historian (b. 1798)
  • 1973
    Max Yasgur, American farmer (Woodstock Festival) (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)

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