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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, 1,481,241,600 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 ‘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

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: British troops lose the Battle of Great Bridge, and leave Virginia soon afterward.
  • 1911
    A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners in spite of rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declare war on Germany and Japan.
  • 1968
    NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
  • 1987
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Who were born on December 9?

  • 1900
    Albert Weisbord, American labor organizer (d. 1977)
  • 1926
    Jan Křesadlo, Czech writer (d. 1995)
  • 1947
    Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician
  • 1955
    Otis Birdsong, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Ryan Grant, American football player

Who died on December 9?

  • 1952
    Abe Manley, American baseball team owner (b. 1885)
  • 1963
    Daniel O. Fagunwa, Nigerian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 1970
    Sir Feroz Khan Noon, Pakistani politician (b. 1893)
  • 1979
    Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop and television preacher (b. 1895)
  • 2002
    Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)

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