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Wednesday August 9, 2023

August 9: Day of the Week

August 9, 2023 is the 221st day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 144 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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August 9 Historical Event(s)

  • 48 BC
    Caesar’s civil war: Battle of Pharsalus – Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.
  • 1329
    Quilon, the first Indian Christian Diocese, is erected by Pope John XXII; the French-born Jordanus is appointed the first Bishop.
  • 1854
    Henry David Thoreau published Walden.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Cedar Mountain – At Cedar Mountain, Virginia, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson narrowly defeats Union forces under General John Pope.
  • 1942
    World War II: Battle of Savo Island – Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal are surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.
  • 1944
    Continuation war: The Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest offensive launched by Soviet Union against Finland during the Second World War, ends to a strategic stalemate. Both Finnish and Soviet troops at the Finnish front dug to defensive positions, and the front remains stable until the end of the war.
  • 1969
    Members of a cult led by Charles Manson brutally murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men’s hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.
  • 1971
    The Troubles: The British security forces in Northern Ireland launch Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that followed.
  • 1974
    As a direct result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, becomes president.
  • 1999
    Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

Who were born on August 9?

  • 1631
    John Dryden, English Poet Laureate (d. 1700)
  • 1669
    Tsarina Eudoxia Lopukhina of Russia (d. 1731)
  • 1875
    Albert Ketèlbey, English conductor, composer, and pianist (d. 1959)
  • 1939
    Bulle Ogier, French actress
  • 1957
    Melanie Griffith, American actress
  • 1961
    John Key, 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1969
    Divine Brown, American sex worker and convicted felon
  • 1974
    Stephen Fung, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1975
    Robbie Middleby, Australian footballer
  • 1983
    Alicja Smietana, Polish violinist

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