About January 9

January 9, 2021 is the 9th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 356 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 34 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 9

  • 475
    Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire.
  • 1127
    Invading Jurchen soldiers from the Jin Dynasty besiege and sack Bianjing (Kaifeng), the capital of the Song Dynasty of China, and abduct Emperor Qinzong and others, ending the Northern Song Dynasty.
  • 1349
    The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.
  • 1760
    Afghans defeat Marathas in the Battle of Barari Ghat.
  • 1822
    The Portuguese prince Pedro I of Brazil decides to stay in Brazil against the orders of the Portuguese king João VI, starting the Brazilian independence process.
  • 1857
    The Fort Tejon earthquake of California occurs, registering an estimated magnitude of 7.9.
  • 1858
    Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The “Star of the West” incident occurs near Charleston, South Carolina. It is considered by some historians to be the “First Shots of the American Civil War”.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: the Battle of Fort Hindman begins in Arkansas.
  • 1905
    According to the Julian Calendar which is used at the time, Russian workers stage a march on the Winter Palace that ends in the massacre by Tsarist troops known as Bloody Sunday, setting off the Russian Revolution of 1905.
  • 1917
    World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
  • 1921
    Greco-Turkish War: The First Battle of İnönü, the first battle of the war, began near Eskişehir in Anatolia.
  • 1923
    Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight.
  • 1923
    Lithuanian residents of the Memel Territory rebelled against the League of Nations decision to leave the area as a mandated region under French control.
  • 1941
    World War II: First flight of the Avro Lancaster.
  • 1945
    World War II: The United States invades Luzon in the Philippines.
  • 1947
    Elizabeth “Betty” Short, the Black Dahlia, is last seen alive.
  • 1960
    President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.
  • 1991
    Representatives from the United States and Iraq meet at the Geneva Peace Conference to try and find a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
  • 2004
    An inflatable boat carrying illegal Albanian emigrants stalls near the Karaburun Peninsula while on the way to Brindisi, Italy; exposure to the elements kills 28.

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