On This Day — April 9th

April 9 is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 266 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Tuesday or Wednesday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Friday or Sunday (56).


1388 – Despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy are victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels.

1413 – Henry V is crowned King of England.

1866 – The Civil Rights Act of 1866, the United States’ first federal law to affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law, was enacted.

1940 – During the German invasion of Norway, Vidkun Quisling seized control of the government in a Nazi-backed coup d’état.

1948 – Fighters from the Zionist paramilitary groups Irgun and Lehi attacked Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, killing over 100.

2003 – Invasion of Iraq: Coalition forces captured Baghdad and the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square was toppled.

Celebrity Birthdays

The Neon Demon’s Elle Faning turns 20

Twilight’s Kristen Stewart turns 28

Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon turns 52

Talk show host Joe Scarborough turns 55

Actor Dennis Quaid turns 64