What happened on February 9? There are more than 279 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 February 9

February 9 In HistoryFebruary 9 is the 40th day of the year 2021. There are 325 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 6th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Stillman Valley, Illinois 61084 sunrise occured at 06:59 AM and sunset occured at 05:22 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 3 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 9

  • 474
    Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1555
    Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake.
  • 1621
    Gregory XV becomes Pope, the last Pope elected by acclamation.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 1788
    The Habsburg Empire joins the Russo-Turkish War in the Russian camp.
  • 1825
    After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States.
  • 1849
    New Roman Republic established
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1870
    President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.
  • 1885
    The first Japanese government-approved immigrants arrive in Hawaii.
  • 1889
    President Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
  • 1895
    William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which soon comes to be referred to as volleyball.
  • 1900
    The Davis Cup competition is established.
  • 1904
    Russo–Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    Under the terms of the Spitsbergen Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.
  • 1922
    Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1934
    The Balkan Entente is formed.
  • 1942
    World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
  • 1942
    Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.
  • 1943
    World War II: Allied authorities declare Guadalcanal secure after Imperial Japan evacuates its remaining forces from the island, ending the Battle of Guadalcanal.
  • 1945
    World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Battle of the Atlantic – HMS Venturer sinks U-864 off the coast of Fedje, Norway, in a rare instance of submarine-to-submarine combat.
  • 1950
    Second Red Scare: Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
  • 1951
    Geochang massacre: Korean War
  • 1959
    The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
  • 1964
    The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a “record-busting” audience of 73 million viewers.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
  • 1969
    First test flight of the Boeing 747.
  • 1971
    Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
  • 1971
    Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1971
    The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
  • 1973
    Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party is elected leader of the opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
  • 1975
    The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.
  • 1991
    Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.
  • 1995
    Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks.
  • 1996
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares the end to its 18 month ceasefire and explodes a large bomb in London’s Canary Wharf.
  • 2001
    The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
  • 2005
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rooster in Chinese astrology.

Who Were Born On February 9?

  • 1533
    Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese samurai (d. 1611)
  • 1645
    Johann Aegidius Bach, German violist (d. 1716)
  • 1666
    George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • 1737
    Thomas Paine, English radical liberal philosopher, American revolutionary (d. 1809)
  • 1747
    John Thomas Duckworth, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1817)
  • 1748
    Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
  • 1756
    Karel Blažej Kopřiva, Czech composer (d. 1785)
  • 1763
    Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden (d. 1830)
  • 1769
    Susette Gontard, the beloved of the poet Friedrich Hölderlin (d. 1802)
  • 1773
    William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (d. 1841)
  • 1775
    Farkas Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1856)
  • 1781
    Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)
  • 1783
    Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (d. 1852)
  • 1789
    Franz Xaver Gabelsberger, German inventor of the stenography (d. 1849)
  • 1800
    Hyrum Smith, American religious leader (d. 1844)
  • 1814
    Samuel Jones Tilden, 28th Governor of New York (d. 1886)
  • 1830
    Abd-ul-Aziz, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1876)
  • 1834
    Felix Dahn, German author (d. 1912)
  • 1839
    Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1896)
  • 1846
    Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (d. 1904)
  • 1846
    Wilhelm Maybach, German automotive designer (d. 1929)
  • 1865
    Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (d. 1949)
  • 1865
    Mrs. Patrick Campbell, British actress (d. 1940)
  • 1867
    Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist. (d. 1916)
  • 1871
    Howard Taylor Ricketts, American bacteriologist. (d. 1910)
  • 1874
    Amy Lowell, American poet (d. 1925)
  • 1880
    Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)
  • 1885
    Alban Berg, Austrian composer (d. 1935)
  • 1891
    Ronald Colman, English actor (d. 1958)
  • 1892
    Peggy Wood, American actress (d. 1978)
  • 1893
    Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, Greek lawyer, politician and Prime Minister (d. 1987)
  • 1895
    Hermann Brill, German politician (d. 1959)
  • 1897
    Charles Kingsford Smith, Australian pilot (d. 1935)
  • 1901
    Brian Donlevy, Irish actor (d. 1972)
  • 1901
    James Murray, American actor (d. 1936)
  • 1902
    Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women’s leader (d. 1999)
  • 1906
    André Kostolany, stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
  • 1909
    Carmen Miranda, Brazilian actress (d. 1955)
  • 1909
    Dean Rusk, 54th United States Secretary of State (d. 1994)
  • 1909
    Harald Genzmer, German composer (d. 2007)
  • 1909
    Heather Angel, British actress (d. 1986)
  • 1910
    Jacques Monod, French biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1911
    William Darby, American World War II Army officer (d. 1945)
  • 1912
    Futabayama Sadaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 35th Yokozuna (d. 1968)
  • 1914
    Bill Justice, American Disney animator
  • 1914
    Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (d. 1986)
  • 1914
    Ernest Tubb, American singer (d. 1984)
  • 1915
    Lennard Pearce, English actor (d. 1984)
  • 1916
    Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1919
    John Abramovic, American basketball player (d. 2000)
  • 1922
    Jim Laker, English cricketer (d. 1986)
  • 1922
    Kathryn Grayson, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1923
    Brendan Behan, Irish author (d. 1964)
  • 1925
    Burkhard Heim, German physicist (d. 2001)
  • 1926
    Garret FitzGerald, 7th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1928
    Frank Frazetta, American illustrator (d. 2010)
  • 1928
    Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1928
    Roger Mudd, American journalist
  • 1929
    Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1929
    Danny Malloy (Boxer), Scottish professional boxer and footballer
  • 1930
    Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist (d. 2003)
  • 1931
    Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • 1931
    Thomas Bernhard, Austrian playwright and novelist (d. 1989)
  • 1932
    Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • 1932
    Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1933
    Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (d. 2003)
  • 1934
    John Ziegler, former NHL Commissioner
  • 1935
    Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, British pastor, entertainer, journalist, writer and paranormal investigator
  • 1936
    Clive Swift, British actor
  • 1936
    Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer
  • 1937
    Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1937
    Tomislav Gotovac, Croatian movie director, actor, performer, multimedia and conceptual artist (d. 2010.)
  • 1939
    Barry Mann, American singer
  • 1939
    Janet Suzman, South African actress
  • 1940
    Brian Bennett, British musician (The Shadows)
  • 1940
    J. M. Coetzee, South African author, Nobel laureate
  • 1941
    Sheila Kuehl, American actress
  • 1942
    Carole King, American singer
  • 1943
    Barbara Lewis, American singer and songwriter
  • 1943
    Joe Pesci, American actor
  • 1943
    Jonny Nilsson, Swedish speedskater
  • 1943
    Joseph E. Stiglitz, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1944
    Alice Walker, American writer
  • 1944
    Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
  • 1945
    Gérard Lenorman, French singer
  • 1945
    Mia Farrow, American actress
  • 1946
    Eamon Duffy, Irish academic, Cambridge University
  • 1946
    Jim Webb, American politician, senior senator of Virginia
  • 1946
    Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • 1946
    Vince Papale, American football player
  • 1947
    Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
  • 1947
    Joe Ely, American musician
  • 1947
    Major Harris, American singer
  • 1947
    Michel Lamarche, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1947
    Reinhard Adler, German footballer
  • 1949
    Judith Light, American actress
  • 1950
    Richard F. Colburn, American politician
  • 1952
    Danny White, American football player
  • 1952
    Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1953
    Ciarán Hinds, Northern Irish actor
  • 1953
    Father Ezechiele Ramin MCCJ, Italian Comboni missionary priest and martyr (d. 1985)
  • 1953
    Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
  • 1954
    Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • 1954
    Kevin Warwick, cyborg scientist
  • 1954
    Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • 1955
    Charles Shaughnessy, British actor
  • 1955
    Jim J. Bullock, American actor
  • 1957
    Gordon Strachan, Scottish football player and manager
  • 1958
    Chris Nilan, hockey player
  • 1958
    Cyrille Regis, English former footballer
  • 1960
    Holly Johnson, British singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
  • 1960
    Peggy Whitson, NASA astronaut
  • 1961
    John Kruk, American baseball player
  • 1961
    Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
  • 1962
    Anik Bissonnette, French-Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
  • 1963
    Brian Greene, American physicist
  • 1963
    Travis Tritt, American singer
  • 1965
    Igor Malkov, Russian speedskater
  • 1965
    Julie Warner, American actress
  • 1966
    Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • 1966
    Harald Eia, Norwegian TV personality and comedian
  • 1967
    Todd Pratt, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican singer
  • 1968
    Derek Strong, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Rahul Roy, Indian actor
  • 1969
    Ian Eagle, American sportscaster
  • 1969
    Jimmy Smith, American football player
  • 1969
    Tom Scharpling, American radio-host
  • 1970
    Glenn McGrath, Australian cricketer
  • 1970
    Krister Linder, Swedish musician
  • 1971
    Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • 1971
    Sharon Case, American actress
  • 1972
    Crispin Freeman, American voice actor
  • 1972
    Darren Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • 1972
    Jason Winston George, American actor
  • 1972
    Norbert Rózsa, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1973
    Colin Egglesfield, American actor
  • 1973
    Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1974
    Amber Valletta, American model
  • 1974
    Brad Maynard, American football player
  • 1974
    Erra Fazira, Malaysian actress and beauty queen
  • 1974
    John Wallace, American basketball player
  • 1975
    Clinton Grybas, Australian football commentator (d. 2008)
  • 1975
    Kurt Asle Arvesen, Norwegian cyclist
  • 1975
    Viktor Chistiakov, Russian-born Australian athlete
  • 1975
    Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1976
    Charlie Day, American actor
  • 1976
    Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • 1978
    Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1979
    Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball player
  • 1979
    David Gray, English snooker player
  • 1979
    Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater
  • 1979
    Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress
  • 1980
    Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • 1980
    Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • 1981
    James Owen “The Rev” Sullivan, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
  • 1981
    Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • 1981
    John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter
  • 1981
    Tom Hiddleston, English actor
  • 1982
    Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
  • 1982
    Chris Weale, English footballer
  • 1982
    Jameer Nelson, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Mikel Arruabarrena, Spanish footballer
  • 1984
    Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1984
    Han Kyung, Chinese pop artist/Korean singer Super Junior
  • 1984
    Maurice Ager, American basketball player
  • 1985
    David Gallagher, American actor
  • 1985
    Rachel Melvin, American actress
  • 1986
    Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • 1987
    Davide Lanzafame, Italian footballer
  • 1987
    Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer
  • 1987
    Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • 1988
    Lotte Friis, Danish swimmer
  • 1989
    Gia Farrell, American singer
  • 1989
    Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player
  • 1990
    Camille Winbush, American actress
  • 1990
    Tyson Houseman, Canadian actor
  • 1992
    Avan Jogia, Canadian actor
  • 1996
    Jimmy Bennett, American actor

Who Died On February 9?

  • 1011
    Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
  • 1199
    Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1147)
  • 1450
    Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
  • 1555
    John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester & Worcester (burned at the stake) (b. ca. 1495/1500)
  • 1555
    Rowland Taylor, English pastor (executed) (b. 1510)
  • 1588
    Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral.
  • 1619
    Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1675
    Gerhard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1709
    François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)
  • 1751
    Henri François d'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (b. 1668)
  • 1752
    Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • 1777
    Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1782
    Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Lebanese orientalist (b. 1710)
  • 1803
    Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • 1857
    Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1874
    Jules Michelet, French historian (b. 1798)
  • 1881
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (b. 1821)
  • 1891
    Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)
  • 1906
    Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet (b. 1872)
  • 1930
    Richard With, Norwegian businessman, politician and captain, founder of Hurtigruten (b. 1846)
  • 1932
    A.K. Golam Jilani, a Bangladeshi who was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement. (b. 1904)
  • 1951
    Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 1957
    Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral (b. 1868)
  • 1960
    Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
  • 1960
    Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer (b. 1877)
  • 1966
    Sophie Tucker, Russian-born actress (b. 1884)
  • 1969
    George “Gabby” Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
  • 1973
    Max Yasgur, American farmer (Woodstock Festival) (b. 1919)
  • 1973
    Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • 1976
    Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1977
    Sergey Ilyushin, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1894)
  • 1978
    Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1978
    Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 1979
    Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1980
    Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1981
    Bill Haley, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (b. 1925)
  • 1984
    Yuri Andropov, Soviet politician (b. 1914)
  • 1989
    Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • 1991
    James Cleveland, American gospel singer (b. 1931)
  • 1994
    Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • 1995
    David Wayne, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    J. William Fulbright, American politician (b. 1905)
  • 1997
    Barry Evans, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 1997
    Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet) (b. 1945)
  • 1999
    Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2001
    Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002
    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)
  • 2002
    Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2004
    Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Robert Kearns, Inventor of the intermittent wiper (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Tyrone Davis, American soul singer (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Christopher Hyatt Occultist,Philosopher and Author. (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Scot Halpin, American musician, temporary drummer for The Who (b. 1954)
  • 2008
    Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • 2009
    Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • 2010
    Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010
    Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)

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