April 9: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, April 9, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was laid to rest?

April 9th is known as Unicorn Day and Name Yourself Day.

Welcome to day 99 of 365! We’re still 266 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

This day over the years has been a big day for war and peace, politicians and the loss of many important past figures.

Did you know that on this day in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was laid to rest? His funeral and burial took place in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 9th in history!

What Events Happened On April 9 In History?

2021 The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, died at age 99.

Strangely enough, he died on the 99th day of the year, on the morning of the 9th day of the month.


2009 The American sitcom “Parks and Recreation” debuted on NBC.

OTD in 2009: The American sitcom "Parks and Recreation" debuted on NBC.

2003 US forces pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad to symbolize the end of the Iraqi president’s brutal reign.

2002 Great Britain held The Queen Mother’s funeral in London, England.

The funeral was at Westminster Abbey, UK. The Queen Mother passed away at 101 years old on March 30, 2002.

1991 The Republic of Georgia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was laid to rest in Atlanta, Georgia.

1963 President John F. Kennedy granted Winston Churchill the first-ever honorary US citizenship.

OTD in 1963: President John F. Kennedy granted Winston Churchill the first-ever honorary US citizenship.

1960 NASA publicly announced the names of the first 7 American astronauts.

Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Alan Shepard were dubbed the Mercury Seven as they were selected for NASA's Mercury space program. All seven astronauts flew on various missions throughout the 20th century.

1940 Nazi Germany invaded and attacked Denmark.

OTD in 1940: Nazi Germany invaded and attacked Denmark.

The battle lasted six hours, by which point Denmark surrendered. The German High Command told the press that Denmark surrendered peacefully after their victory.

1869 The Hudson Bay Company gave up its territory to the Commonwealth of Canada.

1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee ended his campaign at The Battle of Appomattox Court House.

He and his 26,765 troops surrendered to US Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant. The war didn't officially end until May 8th of the same year.

1483 King Edward V of England died.

It is thought the king's health deteriorated due to regularly eating large meals, throwing up, and returning to eating again.

715 AD Pope Constantine died.

He was the final Byzantine Pope in Rome and the last one to visit Constantinople until 1967.

Famous Quotes Said On April 9

Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most well-known ones spoken on April 9th throughout history.


“One must work and be bold if one really wants to live.”

– Vincent van Gogh

Famous People Born On April 9

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Lil Nas X! Here are other famous people born on this day.

1999 Lil Nas X

American Rapper

Lil Nas X
23 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA
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1990 Kristen Stewart

American Actress

Kristen Stewart
32 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1998 Elle Fanning

American Actress

Elle Fanning
24 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA

1965 Mark Pellegrino

American Actor

Mark Pellegrino
57 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Special Holidays On April 9

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

April 9: National Unicorn Day

National Unicorn Day

What better way to revisit your childhood fascination with unicorns than National Unicorn Day? So get creative today - you could dress up as a unicorn, draw or paint some unicorns, watch something with unicorns in it, or even make some unicorn-themed food!

April 9: National Name Yourself Day

National Name Yourself Day

If you’ve ever had the urge to reinvent yourself or at least change your name, then you’re in luck. Just for one day (at least), try calling yourself something else. Try ordering your coffee with a different name, or give yourself a silly title while making a reservation; it’s a lot of fun!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

As a child, Jet Li performed with the Chinese National Wushu Team for President Nixon. Nixon asked him to be his personal bodyguard, but he declined.

April 9 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on April 9, your zodiac sign is Aries.

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and is represented by the ram. Much like the ram, Arians often dive headfirst into whatever they feel passionate about.

If your birthday is in April, your birthstone is the Diamond. The diamond is said to bring balance, inner strength, and long-lasting relationships.

Those who were born on this day were likely conceived the previous year on July 17.

A baby that is conceived on April 9th, 2023, will be born around December 31st, 2023.

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