About February 9

February 9, 2021 is the 40th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 325 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 3 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 9

  • 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.
  • 1870
    President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.
  • 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.
  • 1904
    Russo–Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Sheep in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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