What are the important events that happened on April 9? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
April 9: Facts & Myths About This Day
April 9 is the 100th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 266 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 27, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 440,664 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 ‘hectagon’ day.
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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 309 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 2,666 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 9 Historical Events
Despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy are victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels.
The expedition organised by Sir Walter Raleigh departs England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.
Mexican Revolution: One of the world’s first naval/air skirmishes takes place off the coast of western Mexico.
Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall.
The United States Atomic Energy Commission is formed.
World War II: The German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer is sunk.
Hugo Ballivian’s government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalisation of tin mines
Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States’ first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the “Mercury Seven”.
The Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein kills philosopher Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda after three days of torture.
John Major’s Conservative Party wins an unprecedented fourth general election victory in the United Kingdom.
Who were born on April 9?
Léon Blum, French prime minister (d. 1950)
Joseph Krumgold, American author and scriptwriter
Paul Arizin, American basketball player (d. 2006)
John Howard, English singer-songwriter
Cynthia Nixon, American actress
Tricia Penrose, British actress and singer
Linda Chung, Canadian/Hong Kong actress and singer
Leighton Meester, American singer and actress
Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer
Kristen Stewart, American actress
Who died on April 9?
Pope Benedict VIII
William X, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1099)
King Edward IV of England (b. 1442)
Mikael Agricola, Finnish scholar (b. c. 1510)
Georg Elser, German resistance figure (b. 1903)
Karl Sack, German resistance figure (b. 1896)
Dagmar Nordstrom, American composer, pianist (b. 1903)
David Prater, American singer (Sam & Dave) (b. 1937)
Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
Sidney Lumet, American film director (b. 1924)
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