August 9: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, August 9, 1859, inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US?

August 9th celebrates National Rice Pudding Day and Book Lovers Day.

We made it to day 221 of the year and there’s only 144 days left to go until we reach the new year.

Your day wouldn’t be complete without discovering all the biggest facts and historical events of this day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1859, inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US? In his patent, his chosen name for the invention was the “vertical railway elevator.”

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

What Events Happened On August 9 In History?

2022 Child actress Jennette McCurdy released her book “I’m Glad My Mom Died.”

McCurdy rose to fame when she starred in the hit Nickelodeon series iCarly. In the book, she narrated the abuse she received from her mother when she was still a child until her mother died from cancer in 2013.


2017 An inflatable chicken that resembled US President Donald Trump was placed outside the US White House as part of a political protest.

OTD in 2017: An inflatable chicken that resembled US President Donald Trump was placed outside the US White House as part of a political protest.
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2000 The virtual pet video game, Seaman, was released on the Dreamcast in North America.

Seaman was one of the few Sega Dreamcast games to take advantage of the microphone attachment.

1974 Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States after Richard Nixon handed in his resignation.


1973 The USSR launched the Mars 7 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in modern-day Kazakhstan.

The spacecraft was made of two parts: an orbiter designed to gather data on Mars and a unit designed to detach and land on the planet's surface. Mars 7 ultimately failed to enter Mars' atmosphere. Instead, it got stuck in the outer orbit.

1945 American forces made a second attack on Japan during World War II and dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.


1910 Engineer Alva J. Fisher patented the electric washing machine.

1859 Inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US.

OTD in 1859: Inventor Otis Tufts patented the first elevator in the US.

1848 The Free Soil Party was formed by 465 delegates in Buffalo.

The party only lasted until 1854, and they primarily focused on single issues like objecting slavery expansion.

1803 Inventor Robert Fulton tested his 66-foot long boat on River Seine in Paris, France.

The boat featured an eight-horsepower steam engine and reached 4 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the engine broke the hull.

1790 American sea Captain Robert Gray returned to Boston after a three-year journey commanding the ship Columbia Rediviva.

The Columbia Rediviva became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe.

1673 Admiral Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge led Dutch forces to recapture New York from the English.

Jonge renamed the city "New Orange." It remained under Dutch control until the English regained it in 1674.

48 BC The Battle of Pharsalus ended.

OTD in 48BC: The Battle of Pharsalus ended.

It was the winning battle of Caesar's Civil War, meaning Julius Caesar had finally defeated Pompey.

Famous People Born On August 9

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Whitney Houston? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1963 Whitney Houston

American Singer

Whitney Houston
Died On:
Feb 11, 2012 (Age 48)
Born In:
New Jersey, USA
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1985 Anna Kendrick

American Actress

Anna Kendrick
37 years old
Born In:
Maine, USA

1990 Bill Skarsgård

Swedish Actor

Bill Skarsgård
32 years old
Born In:
Vällingby, Sweden

1990 Adelaide Kane

Australian Actress

Adelaide Kane
32 years old
Born In:
Western Australia, Australia

Special Holidays On August 9

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

August 9: National Rice Pudding Day

National Rice Pudding Day

Rice pudding is an ancient dish made with a base of rice, milk, and sugar and is still commonly eaten worldwide. While it sounds relatively simple, it can be incredibly delicious, especially once you start adding lots of flavors to it! So celebrate today by trying it for yourself!

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August 9: National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

This one goes out to all the bookworms out there, not that they’ll notice it - they’ll probably be too busy reading a book! So celebrate today by picking up your favorite book and giving it a read, but most importantly, try and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

When Shakira was in second grade, she was rejected by the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded like a goat.

August 9 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Leo.

Leos tend to have a way with words. They’re well-spoken and find it easy to talk about most topics, no matter how knowledgeable they are about the subject.

For all of you born in August, your allocated birthstone is the Peridot. The peridot is a green gem that can be found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth. This makes the peridot the only wearable transparent gemstone that can come from out of this world.

Those who were born on this day were likely conceived the previous year on November 16.

A baby that is conceived on August 9, 2023, will be due around May 2, 2024.

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