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What happened on August 9? There are more than 260 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 9

August 9 In HistoryAugust 9 is the 221st day of the year 2018. There are 144 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 32nd week of the year 2018.

On this day in Lincoln, Nebraska 68583 sunrise occured at 11:31 AM and sunset occured at 01:32 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 180 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

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Historical Events For August 9

  • 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.
  • 681
    Bulgaria is founded as a Khanate on the south bank of the Danube after defeating the Byzantine armies of Emperor Constantine IV south of the Danube delta.
  • 1173
    Construction of the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) begins; it will take two centuries to complete.
  • 1329
    Quilon, the first Indian Christian Diocese, is erected by Pope John XXII; the French-born Jordanus is appointed the first Bishop.
  • 1483
    Opening of the Sistine Chapel in Rome with the celebration of a Mass.
  • 1810
    Napoleon annexes Westphalia as part of the First French Empire.
  • 1814
    Indian Wars: the Creek sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving up huge parts of Alabama and Georgia.
  • 1842
    The Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • 1854
    Henry David Thoreau published Walden.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Cedar Mountain – At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson narrowly defeats Union forces under General John Pope.
  • 1877
    Indian Wars: Battle of Big Hole – A small band of Nez Percé Indians clash with the United States Army
  • 1892
    Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
  • 1902
    Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1907
    The first Boy Scout encampment concludes at Brownsea Island in southern England.
  • 1925
    A train robbery takes place in Kakori, near Lucknow, India
  • 1930
    Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.
  • 1936
    Summer Olympic Games: Games of the XI Olympiad – Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad.
  • 1942
    Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.
  • 1942
    World War II: Battle of Savo Island – Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal are surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.
  • 1944
    Continuation war: The Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest offensive launched by Soviet Union against Finland during the Second World War, ends to a strategic stalemate. Both Finnish and Soviet troops at the Finnish front dug to defensive positions, and the front remains stable until the end of the war.
  • 1944
    The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    A fire at a Titan missile base near Searcy, Arkansas kills 53 construction workers.
  • 1965
    Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the first and only country to date to gain independence unwillingly.
  • 1969
    Members of a cult led by Charles Manson brutally murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men’s hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.
  • 1971
    The Troubles: The British security forces in Northern Ireland launch Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that followed.
  • 1974
    As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, becomes president.
  • 1988
    Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in hockey history, upsetting many Canadians.
  • 1993
    The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership.
  • 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?

  • 1201
    Arnold Fitz Thedmar, English chronicler (d. 1274)
  • 1537
    Francesco Barozzi, Italian mathematician, astronomer and humanist (d. 1604)
  • 1544
    Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania (d. 1606)
  • 1593
    Izaak Walton, English angler (d. 1683)
  • 1603
    Johannes Cocceius, German-born Dutch theologian (d. 1669)
  • 1631
    John Dryden, English Poet Laureate (d. 1700)
  • 1648
    Johann Michael Bach, German composer (d. 1694)
  • 1653
    John Oldham, English poet (d. 1683)
  • 1669
    Tsarina Eudoxia Lopukhina of Russia (d. 1731)
  • 1674
    František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect (d. 1766)
  • 1696
    Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein (d. 1772)
  • 1722
    Augustus William, Prince of Prussia (d. 1758)
  • 1726
    Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit scientist (d. 1778)
  • 1754
    Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French architect, planner of Washington, D.C. (d. 1825)
  • 1757
    Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (d. 1834)
  • 1776
    Amedeo Avogadro, Italian chemist (d. 1856)
  • 1783
    Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia (d. 1801)
  • 1788
    Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (d. 1850)
  • 1797
    Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (d. 1855)
  • 1805
    Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer (d. 1860)
  • 1809
    William Barret Travis, American Battle of the Alamo figure (d. 1836)
  • 1845
    André Bessette, Canadian religious figure (d. 1937)
  • 1847
    Queen Maria Victoria al Pozzo della Cisterna of Spain (d. 1876)
  • 1867
    Evelina Haverfield British suffragette (d. 1920)
  • 1871
    Leonid Andreyev, Russian writer (d. 1919)
  • 1872
    Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
  • 1874
    Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan composer and conductor (d. 1947)
  • 1875
    Albert Ketèlbey, English conductor, composer, and pianist (d. 1959)
  • 1896
    Erich Hückel, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • 1896
    Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist (d. 1980)
  • 1899
    P. L. Travers, Australian author (d. 1996)
  • 1901
    Charles Farrell, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1902
    Zino Francescatti, French violinist (d. 1991)
  • 1909
    Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (d. 1944)
  • 1909
    V. K. Gokak, Indian Kannada writer (d. 1992)
  • 1911
    Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (d. 2001)
  • 1911
    William Alfred Fowler, American physicist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1996)
  • 1914
    Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (d. 1963)
  • 1914
    Joe Mercer, English footballer (d. 1990)
  • 1914
    Tove Jansson, Finnish author (d. 2001)
  • 1919
    Joop den Uyl, Dutch politician (d. 1987)
  • 1919
    Ralph Houk, American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Francis Lynch, American state legislator (d. 1993)
  • 1921
    Ernest Angley, American televangelist
  • 1921
    J. James Exon, American politician (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Philip Larkin, English poet (d. 1985)
  • 1925
    David A. Huffman, American computer scientist (d. 1999)
  • 1927
    Daniel Keyes, American author
  • 1927
    Marvin Minsky, American computer scientist
  • 1927
    Robert Shaw, English actor (d. 1978)
  • 1928
    Bob Cousy, American basketball player
  • 1928
    Dolores Wilson, American opera singer (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    Jacques Parizeau, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1931
    Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
  • 1931
    Mário Zagallo, Brazilian football coach and player
  • 1932
    John Gomery, Canadian jurist
  • 1933
    Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children’s author
  • 1935
    Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1936
    Julián Javier, American baseball player
  • 1936
    Patrick Tse Yin, Hong Kong film director
  • 1938
    Leonid Kuchma, Ukrainian politician
  • 1938
    Otto Rehhagel, German football manager
  • 1938
    Rod Laver, Australian tennis player
  • 1939
    Brito, Brazilian footballer
  • 1939
    Bulle Ogier, French actress
  • 1939
    Romano Prodi, Italian politician and statesman
  • 1941
    Way Bandy, American make-up artist (d. 1986)
  • 1942
    David Steinberg, Canadian comedian
  • 1942
    Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1943
    Ken Norton, American boxer
  • 1944
    Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician and former Prime Minister.
  • 1944
    Sam Elliott, American actor
  • 1945
    Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
  • 1946
    Jim Kiick, American football player
  • 1947
    Barbara Mason, American soul singer
  • 1947
    Roy Hodgson, English football manager
  • 1948
    Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Jonathan Kellerman, American writer
  • 1949
    Ted Simmons, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Steve Swisher, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
  • 1953
    Kay Stenshjemmet, Norwegian speed skater
  • 1954
    Ray Jennings, South African cricketer and coach
  • 1955
    John E. Sweeney, American politician
  • 1955
    Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • 1957
    Melanie Griffith, American actress
  • 1958
    Amanda Bearse, American actress
  • 1958
    James Lileks, American columnist
  • 1959
    Kurtis Blow, American rapper
  • 1959
    Stuart Hughes, Canadian actor
  • 1961
    Amy Stiller, American actress
  • 1961
    Brad Gilbert, American tennis player
  • 1961
    John Key, 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1962
    John “Hot Rod” Williams, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Kevin Mack, American football player
  • 1962
    Louis Lipps, American football player
  • 1963
    Whitney Houston, American singer and actress
  • 1964
    Brett Hull, Canadian-born American ice hockey player
  • 1964
    Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
  • 1966
    Vinny Del Negro, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1967
    Deion Sanders, American football player
  • 1968
    Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • 1968
    Gillian Anderson, American actress
  • 1968
    Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
  • 1968
    Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol)
  • 1969
    Divine Brown, American sex worker and convicted felon
  • 1969
    Smaragda Karydi, Greek actress
  • 1969
    Troy Percival, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Arion Salazar, American bassist (Third Eye Blind)
  • 1970
    Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • 1970
    Rod Brind'Amour, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1970
    Thomas Lennon, American actor
  • 1971
    Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
  • 1971
    James Kim, American technology reporter (d. 2006)
  • 1971
    Mack 10, American rapper
  • 1972
    A-Mei, Taiwanese singer
  • 1972
    Juanes, Colombian singer
  • 1973
    Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 1973
    Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
  • 1974
    Derek Fisher, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Kirill Reznik, American politician
  • 1974
    Mahesh Babu, Indian film actor
  • 1974
    Matt Morris, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Nicola Stapleton, English actress
  • 1974
    Stephen Fung, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1975
    Mike Lamb, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Robbie Middleby, Australian footballer
  • 1976
    Aled Jones, British Radio Producer
  • 1976
    Jessica Capshaw, American actress
  • 1976
    Mark Priestley, Australian actor (d. 2008)
  • 1976
    Rhona Mitra, English actress
  • 1977
    Adewale Ogunleye, American football player
  • 1977
    Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Csaba Csordás, Hungarian football player
  • 1977
    Jason Frasor, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Mikaël Silvestre, French football player
  • 1978
    Audrey Tautou, French actress
  • 1980
    Dominic Tabuna, Nauruan politician
  • 1980
    Ryu Seung-beom, South Korean actor
  • 1980
    Texas Battle, American actor
  • 1981
    Jarvis Hayes, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Li Jiawei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • 1982
    Kanstantsin Siutsou, Belorussian cyclist
  • 1982
    Tyson Gay, American sprinter
  • 1983
    Alicja Smietana, Polish violinist
  • 1983
    Ashley Johnson, American actress
  • 1983
    Shane O'Brien, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Paul Gallagher, Scottish footballer
  • 1985
    Anna Kendrick, American actress
  • 1985
    Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer
  • 1985
    JaMarcus Russell, American football player
  • 1985
    Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver
  • 1986
    Daniel Preussner, German rugby player
  • 1986
    Tyler “Telle” Smith, American musician (The Word Alive)
  • 1987
    Marco Carmona, Mexican artist
  • 1988
    Vasilios Koutsianikoulis, Greek footballer
  • 1989
    Jason Heyward, American baseball player
  • 1989
    Stefano Okaka, Italian footballer
  • 1990
    Adelaide Kane, Australian actress
  • 1991
    Candela Vetrano, Argentine actress
  • 1991
    Hansika Motwani, Indian actress
  • 2005
    Caylee Anthony, American child murder victim (d. 2008)

Who Died On August 9?

  • 117
    Trajan, Roman Emperor (b. 53)
  • 378
    Traianus, Roman general
  • 378
    Valens, Roman Emperor (killed in battle) (b. 328)
  • 803
    Irene of Athens, Byzantine Empress (b. 752)
  • 833
    Al-Ma'mun, Abbasid caliph of Baghdad (b. 786)
  • 1048
    Pope Damasus II (birth year unknown)
  • 1107
    Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)
  • 1173
    Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Kurdish soldier and politician, father of Saladin (birth year unknown)
  • 1250
    King Eric IV of Denmark (b. 1216)
  • 1534
    Cardinal Cajetan, Italian theologian (b. 1470)
  • 1580
    Metrophanes III, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 1520)
  • 1601
    Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1558)
  • 1634
    William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  • 1720
    Simon Ockley, English orientalist (b. 1678)
  • 1744
    James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (b. 1673)
  • 1816
    Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (b. 1771)
  • 1837
    Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)
  • 1886
    Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • 1910
    Huo Yuan Jia, Chinese martial artist (b. 1868)
  • 1919
    Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (b. 1857)
  • 1942
    Edith Stein, German philosopher and nun (executed) (b. 1891)
  • 1945
    Harry Hillman, American runner (b. 1881)
  • 1945
    Robert Hampton Gray, last Canadian Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1917)
  • 1946
    Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (b. 1876)
  • 1949
    Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (b. 1874)
  • 1957
    Carl Clauberg, German Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • 1962
    Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss writer, Nobel Laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1967
    Joe Orton, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 1969
    Abigail Folger, American heiress (murdered) (b. 1943)
  • 1969
    Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1969
    Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • 1969
    Sharon Tate, American actress (murdered) (b. 1943)
  • 1969
    Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)
  • 1969
    Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • 1974
    Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • 1975
    Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (b. 1906)
  • 1979
    Raymond Washington, American gang leader, founder the Crips (b. 1953)
  • 1979
    Walter O'Malley, American baseball executive (b. 1903)
  • 1980
    Jacqueline Cochran, American aviatrix (b. 1906)
  • 1985
    Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1988
    Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
  • 1988
    Ramón Valdés, Mexican actor (b. 1923)
  • 1990
    Joe Mercer, English footballer (b. 1914)
  • 1992
    Fereydoun Farrokhzad, Iranian singer (b. 1938)
  • 1995
    Jerry Garcia, American guitarist (Grateful Dead) (b. 1942)
  • 1996
    Sir Frank Whittle, British engineer and inventor of the jet engine (b. 1907)
  • 1999
    Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician (b. 1910)
  • 2000
    John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born American economist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2000
    Nicholas Markowitz, American teenager kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (b. 1984)
  • 2002
    Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)
  • 2002
    Peter Neville, British anarchist, sociologist and peace activist (birth year unknown)
  • 2003
    Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2003
    Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (b. 1946)
  • 2003
    Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2004
    David Raksin, American film composer (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Robert Lecourt, French politician, President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
  • 2005
    Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)
  • 2005
    Matthew McGrory, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2006
    James Van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Philip E. High, science fiction author (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist (b. 1922)
  • 2008
    Bernie Mac, American comedian (b. 1957)
  • 2008
    Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and writer (b. 1941)
  • 2010
    Ted Stevens, American politician (b. 1923)


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