January 09: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On January 9, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The ninth day of the Gregorian calendar is January 9th. The daguerreotype photography method was announced by the French Academy of Sciences on this day, Mississippi became the second state to separate before the Civil War, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 9. Sean Paul, Dave Matthews, and Nina Dobrev all have famous birthdays. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is observed on January 9th.


(January 09, 1793)
In the United States, Jean-Pierre Blanchard is the first to fly in a hydrogen balloon. photo source:


(January 09, 1839)
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre of France announced the invention of the daguerreotype, the first commercially viable kind of photography. photo source:

(January 09, 1960)
The Aswan High Dam was built in Egypt and completed in 1970, generating large amounts of electricity and allowing for the control of the annual Nile flood. photo source:

(January 09, 1982)
Catherine Middleton was born in Reading, Berkshire, England, and married Prince William in 2011. She is now the Duchess of Cambridge. photo source:

(January 09, 2001)
With the release of the iPod later that year, Apple debuted iTunes, a digital media player application that transformed digital music. photo source:

(Died on January 09, 2021)
John Reilly, American actor (b. 1934).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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