July 09: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On July 9, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. In the Gregorian calendar, July 9th is the 190th day of the year. Tamerlane (Timur), the Turko-Mongol monarch, ruins Baghdad, killing 20,000 people, the African Union is founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and element 102 (Nobelium) is discovered.

The 9th of July falls under the sign of Cancer. Tom Hanks, Lindsey Graham, and Kevin Nash all have famous birthdays. Today is Nunavut Day and National Sugar Cookie Day.


(July 09, 1762)
On this day in 1762, Catherine the Great deposed Peter III and began her reign as Empress of Russia, ushering her country into full participation in European political and cultural life while also expanding Russian territory.


(July 09, 1795)
James Swan, a financier, pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt incurred during the American Revolution.

(July 09, 1893)
Daniel Hale Williams, an American heart surgeon, performs the first successful open-heart surgery without anaesthetic in the United States.

(July 09, 1918)
An inbound local train collides with an outbound express train in Nashville, Tennessee, killing 101 and wounding 171 people, making it the deadliest rail catastrophe in US history.

(July 09, 1922)
Johnny Weissmuller breaks the world swimming record and the "minute barrier" by swimming 100 metres freestyle in 58.6 seconds.


(July 09, 2011)
South Sudan declares independence from Sudan and secedes.

(Died on July 09, 2019)
Freddie Jones, English actor (b. 1927).

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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