What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

August 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 9 is the 222nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 144 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 27, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 443,592 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 ‘dihectaicosadigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 187 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 2,788 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 9 Historical Events

  • 48 BC
    Caesar’s civil war: Battle of Pharsalus – Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.
  • 378
    Gothic War: Battle of Adrianople – A large Roman army led by Emperor Valens is defeated by the Visigoths in present-day Turkey. Valens is killed along with over half of his army.
  • 1945
    World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. 39,000 people are killed outright.
  • 1999
    Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.
  • 2006
    At least 21 suspected terrorists were arrested in the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot that happened in the United Kingdom. The arrests were made in London, Birmingham, and High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in an overnight operation.

Who were born on August 9?

  • 1919
    Ralph Houk, American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)
  • 1961
    Amy Stiller, American actress
  • 1974
    Stephen Fung, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1983
    Shane O'Brien, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1991
    Hansika Motwani, Indian actress

Who died on August 9?

  • 833
    Al-Ma'mun, Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (b. 786)
  • 1580
    Metrophanes III, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 1520)
  • 1988
    Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
  • 2004
    David Raksin, American film composer (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Robert Lecourt, French politician, President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)

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