On September 9th

Throughout history, September 9th has been a day of importance for many reasons. In countries such as Tajikstan and China, September 9 holds great significance and for famous people including Queen Elizabeth II, Hugh Grant and even Colonel Sanders, the date marks birthdays and other special events.

Events That Happened on September 9th

1956 – Elvis Presley Performed on the Ed Sullivan Show for the First Time

Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan show several times and was often criticized for his dancing, which mostly consisted of gyrating hip movements. However, when he first appeared on September 9, 1956, he was only filmed from the waist up.

1965 – Tibet Becomes an Autonomous Region of China

While Tibet has been a part of the People’s Republic of China since 1950, it didn’t become an autonomous region, or province, of China until September 9, 1965.

1967 – Saturn V Has Its First Successful Test Flight

Saturn V, a heavy-lift launch vehicle used by NASA, had its first successful test flight on September 9, 1967. It was launched 13 times between 1967 and 1973 and is the tallest and heaviest rocket that NASA has launched to date.

1971 – Imagine by John Lennon is Released

On September 9, 1971, John Lennon released his Imagine album, which was his second album release after leaving the Beatles. The album topped the charts in eight countries and was awarded double platinum status in the U.S.

1991 – Tajikistan Becomes an Independent Country

On September 9, 1991, Tajikistan, formerly known as the Tajikstan Soviet Socialist Republic, declared its independence from the Soviet Union and became an independent country.

2000 – Venus Williams Wins the U.S. Open

Venus Williams, one of the most well-known tennis players of the last decade, won her first U.S. Women’s Open on September 9, 2000, beating Lindsay Davenport.

2015 – Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates Becoming the Longest Reigning British Monarch

On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s record by becoming the longest-reigning British monarch.

Famous Birthdays

1828 – Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist who penned timeless classics War and Peace and Anna Karenina, was born on September 9, 1828, in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia.

1890 – Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders, the famous name and face behind KFC, was born on September 9, 1890, in Henryville, Indiana.

1960 – Hugh Grant

The famed British actor and star of movies such as Notting Hill and Love Actually, was born on September 9, 1960, in London, England.

1975 – Michael Buble

Canadian singer Michael Buble, known for smooth hits such as Home and Love You Anymore, was born on September 9, 1975.

Famous Deaths

1087 – William the Conqueror

On September 9, 1087, William the Conqueror, the King of England who was also sometimes known as William the Bastard, succumbed to his injuries after falling from his horse.

1984 – Walter Kaufmann

Classical music and opera composer Walter Kaufmann, who was known for creating music with Indian, Chinese and Tibetan influences, passed away in Bloomington, Indiana on September 9, 1984.

2003 – Edward Teller

Edward Teller, known as the father of the hydrogen bomb, died in Stanford, California on September 9, 2003.