February 9: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, February 9, 1894, Hershey's Chocolate Company was founded by M. S. Hershey?

February 9th is Read In The Bathtub Day and Pizza Day.

Today marks the fortieth day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 325 days left until the end of the year.

Find out all about February 9th with our past events and cool facts, including births and deaths and why this had an important role in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1894, Hershey’s Chocolate Company was founded by M. S. Hershey? The company is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world.

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

What Events Happened On February 9 In History?

2021 Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began.

The House of Representatives impeached the former US President on January 13 for inciting insurrection after he lost the presidential election. Despite the majority of the Senate voting to impeach Trump, the required two-thirds majority was not reached, and he was acquitted.

2001 A US submarine collided with a Japanese high-school fishing training ship off the coast of Hawaii.

The Los Angeles-class USS Greeneville was demonstrating maneuvers to some VIP civilians when it surfaced, running straight into the Japanese ship. Nine people on board the Japanese vessel were killed, including four students and two teachers.

1997 The Simpsons aired its 167th episode, making it the longest-running animation in TV history.

OTD in 1997: The Simpsons aired its 167th episode

The episode was called "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" and was episode eight of season fourteen. On this special episode, Poochie was introduced to The Itchy & Scratchy Show to try and retain viewers.

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1995 Irina Privalova ran the world record female indoor 50-meter run in just 5.96 seconds.

She also scored a world record for running 60 meters in only 6.92 seconds on the same day.

1989 Five Pharaoh sculptures were discovered in the temple of Luxor.

OTD in 1989: Five Pharaoh sculptures were discovered in the temple of Luxor.

The excavation lasted until April 20, 1989, when the last piece was found at a depth of 4.5 meters. The sculptures date back to 1470 BC.

1986 Halley’s Comet was last seen from Earth. It only orbits the Earth once every 75 to 76 years.

Halley's Comet is expected to pass over Earth again on July 26, 2061.

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1964 The Beatles made their first appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and pulled in a record-breaking 73.7 million viewers.

1959 The Soviet R-7 Semyorka, the world’s first Intercontinental ballistic missile, became operational.

1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a 48-hour working week order to increase production during World War II.

1942 Daylight Saving started in the US.

At the time, it was known as War Time and was suggested by President Roosevelt as a way of saving energy.

1934 A record low temperature was recorded and reached a bone-chilling -15°F in Central Park, New York City.

OTD in 1934: A record low temperature was recorded and reached a bone-chilling -15°F in Central Park

1894 Milton S. Hershey founded Hershey’s Chocolate Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US.

1886 Martial Law was declared in Seattle by President Grover Cleveland due to anti-Chinese unrest.


1870 President Ulysses S. authorized the establishment of the United States National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS responsibility was placed onto the Secretary of War as the military was the most reliable option for conducting prompt, accurate, and regular observations.

Famous Quotes Said On February 9

Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said on this day throughout history.


“Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors.”

– Nikola Tesla

Famous People Born On February 9

If today is your birthday, you have this in common with Michael B. Jordan. Find out more about what famous people were born on this day.

1987 Michael B. Jordan

American Actor

Michael B. Jordan
36 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1981 Tom Hiddleston

English Actor

Tom Hiddleston
42 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1773 William Henry Harrison

American President

William Henry Harrison
Died On:
Apr 4, 1841 (Age 68)
Born In:
Virginia, USA

1987 Rose Leslie

Scottish Actress

Rose Leslie
36 years old
Born In:
Scotland, UK

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1892 - 1973 J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien was an English writer born on January 3, 1892. He died on this day in 1973, at age 81 in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, UK.

Special Holidays On February 9

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

February 9: Read In The Bathtub Day

Read In The Bathtub Day

What can be better than steeping yourself into a hot steamy bubble bath on a cold winter’s day? Today is Read In The Bathtub Day, so why not upgrade your bath time with your favorite book?

February 9: National Pizza Day

National Pizza Day

While every day is a good day for pizza, there’s only one Pizza Day a year. So grab yourself a slice of pie, or just go all out and order more pizza than you need, then gorge yourself until you (almost) regret it!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 474 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it was the biggest trial in the world.

February 9 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on February 9 shares the zodiac sign of Aquarius.

Being so unique can make the Aquarian go a bunch of steps further than most other people would, and they can be seen to be somewhat eccentric.

If you were born in February, your birthstone is the Amethyst. People with the Amethyst birthstone tend to be stubborn and daring, and they always follow their dreams.

For those of you who were born on February 9th, you were likely conceived the previous year on May 19th.

A baby that is conceived on February 9, 2023, will likely be due later this year around November 2.

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