Holidays Calendar for February 9, 2016

February 9 is St. Maroun's Day in Lebanon. He is the patron saint of Lebanon, that is why this feast is a public holiday in the country.

National Sports Day is a public holiday in Qatar celebrated on Tuesday in the second week of February each year. It was first held in 2012.


Saint Apollonia is the patroness of dentistry and all those who suffer from toothache or any kind of dental problems. The Christians celebrate the Feast Day of St. Apollonia annually on February 9.

The Tuesday before the beginning of Lent is Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday). The festival is the last night of eating rich and fatty foods before a long-lasting Lenten season.


Safer Internet Day is an annual observance organized by the Insafe network each February. It is dedicated to raising awareness of emerging online issues, from social networking to cyberbullying, and making Internet a safer place for kids and young people across the world.


Civil Aviation Day is observed in Russia annually on February 9. This professional day was officially created in 2013, although it had been unofficially celebrated much longer.

February 9 is National Bagel and Lox Day. Although you can think that this is an American dish, it has got Jewish roots.


This Day in History

  • 2010 Died: Walter Frederick Morrison, American toymaker and inventor. Best known for invention of the Frisbee.
  • 2005 Died: Robert Kearns, American engineer, best known for invention of the windscreen wiper system, that is used on most automobiles from 1969 to the present.
  • 2001 Died: Herbert A. Simon, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate, considered as one of the most influential social scientist of the 20th century.
  • 2001 The American submarine USS Greeneville by accident stroke and sank the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel. 9 of her crew members, including 4 high school students, were killed.
  • 1996 The Provisional Irish Republican Army declared the end to its 17-month ceasefire and detonated a bomb in London's Canary Wharf. Although the warning was sent 90 minutes beforehand, 2 were killed. The bomb caused an estimated £100 million worth of damage.
  • 1994 Died: Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme used to generate complementary DNA from an RNA template.
  • 1989 Died: Osamu Tezuka, Japanese illustrator, animator, and producer, generally referred as "the father or manga", "the god of comics" and the "godfather of anime". He is considered as the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney.
  • 1981 Died: Bill Haley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, credited for popularization of rock and roll music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets. His hits See You Later, Alligator, Rock Around the Clock, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Rocket 88 and Skinny Minnie became million selling.
  • 1981 Born: Tom Hiddleston, English actor, best known for playing Loki in Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World.
  • 1976 Born: Charlie Day, American actor, best known for his role as Charlie Kelly on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, also appeared in Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim and Lego Movie.
  • 1969 Boeing 747 tested its first flight. The plane became flown commercially only in 1970.
  • 1965 A Marine Corps Hawk air defense missile battalion became the first U.S. troops to be sent with a combat mission to South Vietnam.
  • 1959 The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers.
  • 1957 Died: Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral, Regent of Hungary. Under the influence of Hitler's regime Horthy initiated Hungary entering into World War II.
  • 1953 Born: Gabriel Rotello, American journalist and author, founder of OutWeek, an influential gay and lesbian weekly news magazine, published in NY from 1989 to 1991. Although the edition existed only for 2 years, it was widely considered as the leading voice of AIDS activism and the initiator of a radical new sensibility in lesbian and gay journalism.
  • 1951 Died: Eddy Duchin, American pianist of the 1930s-1940s, famous for his engaging on-stage personality and elegant style.
  • 1945 A rare instance of submarine-to-submarine contact: during The Battle of the Atlantic HMS Venturer (British) sank U-864 (German) off the coast of Fedje, Norway.
  • 1940 Born: J. M. Coetzee, South African author, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate for his ability to portray the surprising involvement of the outsider in innumerable guises. Coetzee is also known for his critical works and translations from Dutch and Afrikaans.
  • 1934 The Balkan Entente was formed to maintain the geopolitical status quo in the region after Wold War I.
  • 1920 International diplomacy recognized Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard and designated is as demilitarized.
  • 1913 A group of meteors was visible across much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America. This lead astronomers to conclude the source had been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.
  • 1910 Born: Jacques Monod, French biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine laureate for discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis. Monod is also known for his work on the lac operon, that encodes protein necessary for the transport and breakdown of the sugar lactose.
  • 1895 A volleyball game was created by William G. Morgan. Originally it was called mintonette and it took some of its characteristics from handball and tennis.
  • 1874 Born: Amy Lowell, American poet, posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926. Lowell was forgotten in the post-World War I years, but the women's movement in the 1970s brought her back to light.
  • 1867 Born: Sōseki Natsume, Japanese author, who is considered in Japan as the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. He is best known for novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and Light and Darkness, that wasn't finished.
  • 1863 Born: Anthony Hope, English author and playwright, best remembered for only two books: The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau. His works spawned the genre known as Ruritanian romance.
  • 1846 Born: Wilhelm Maybach, German businessman, founder of Maybach, a German luxury car manufacturer that is today owned by Dailmer AG.
  • 1773 Born: William Henry Harrison, American general and politician, 9th President of the United States. Harrison died from pneumonia on the 32nd day of his presidential office, serving the shortest tenure in the U.S. presidential history.
  • 1675 Died: Gerrit Douw, a Dutch Golden Age painter, noted for his trompe l'oeil "niche" paintings and candlelit night-scenes.
  • 1619 Died: Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher, one of the first significant representatives of intellectual libertinism. He was among the first modern thinkers who viewed the universe as an entity governed by natural laws.