About August 9

August 9, 2021 is the 221st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 144 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Leo is the sun 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 176 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 9

  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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