July 9 in Pop Culture History

July 9 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

July 9 History Highlights

  • 1762 – Catherine the Great became Empress of Russia
  • 1868 – Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (regarding voting rights) was passed.
  • 1893 – The first open-heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hale, in Chicago.
  • July 9, 19** Birthday (fictional) Ray Palmer (The Atom), DC Comics
  • 1958 – A 1,700-foot tsunami struck Lituya Bay, Alaska.
  • If you were born on July 9th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… October 16th (prior year)

Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Section 1
All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations, and claims shall be held illegal and void.

July 9 is…

Fashion Day
International Town Criers Day
Martyrdom of the Bab
National Don’t Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day
National No Bra Day
National Sugar Cookie Day
Nude Recreation Week is typically held the second week of July

July 9 Birthday Quotes

“The safe and cultural method of eating crackers in bed is to wear a diver’s suit instead of pajamas.”
– Basil Wolverton

“There’s no such thing as ‘I can’t do it’.”
– Marc Almond

“Writing isn’t a source of pain. It’s psychic chemotherapy. It reduces your psychological tumors and relieves your pain.”
– Dean Koontz

“I don’t know how often I can discuss one incident in my entire life, but I’ll continue to do that.”
– O.J. Simpson

“I’ve discreetly dated a lot of people – I once dated a billionaire, mostly because it was fun to say, “I’m dating a billionaire,” but we did not have the same taste in music, and it was doomed.”
– Courtney Love

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
– Donald Rumsfeld

“We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother?”
– Tom Hanks

“If you were born by the sea, there’s always a magnet that draws you back there.”
– Marc Almond

July 9 Birthdays

1764 – Ann Ward, English author and poet (died in 1823)
1819 – Elias Howe, American inventor, invented the sewing machine (died in 1867)
1909 – Basil Wolverton, American author and illustrator (died in 1978)
1926 – Murphy Anderson, American comic book illustrator (died in 2015)
1927 – Ed Ames, American singer and actor
1928 – Vince Edwards, American actor, singer, and director (died in 1996)
1929 – Lee Hazlewood, American singer-songwriter and producer (died in 2007)
1932 – Donald Rumsfeld, American politician
1938 – Brian Dennehy, American actor (died in 2020)
1942 – Richard Roundtree, American actor
1945 – Dean Koontz, American author and screenwriter
1947 – O.J. Simpson, American football player, felon, actor
1952 – John Tesh, American pianist, composer and television host
1955 – Lindsey Graham, American politician
1955 – Jimmy Smits, American actor
1956 – Tom Hanks, American actor
1957 – Marc Almond, English singer-songwriter
1957 – Tim Kring, American screenwriter and producer
1957 – Kelly McGillis, American actress
1959 – Kevin Nash, American wrestler
1964 – Courtney Love, American singer-songwriter and actress
1975 – Jack White, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1976 – Fred Savage, American actor, director, and producer
1991 – Mitchel Musso, American actor and singer
1999 – Claire Corlett, American voice actress

July 9 History

1540 – King Henry VIII of England annulled the marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1595 – Johannes Kepler published Mysterium cosmographicum (Mystery of the Cosmos)

1776 – George Washington ordered the Declaration of Independence to be read out loud to members of the Continental Army in New York, New York, for the first time.

1815 – The first developed natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered, at Burning Springs well near Charleston, West Virginia.

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, insuring African Americans (ex-slaves born in the United States) full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

1877 – The inaugural Wimbledon Tennis Championships began at the All England Club.

1922 – Future film Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller swam the 100 meters freestyle in 58.6 seconds, breaking the world swimming record and the ‘minute barrier’.

1933 – Construction began on the Oakland Bay Bridge, California. It was opened on May 29, 1937.

1937 – The silent film archives of Fox Film Corporation were destroyed by the 1937 Fox vault fire.

1955 – #1 Hit July 9, 1955 – September 2, 1955: Bill Haley & His Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock

1962 – Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibition opened at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.

1966 – #1 Hit July 9, 1966 – July 15, 1966: Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night

1977 – #1 Hit July 9, 1977 – July 15, 1977: Alan O’Day – Undercover Angel

1979 – Launched in 1977, Voyager 2, passed by Jupiter.

July 9, 19** Birthday (fictional) Ray Palmer (The Atom), DC Comics

1981 – Donkey Kong, a video game created by Nintendo, was released, featuring the debut of Mario.

1983 – #1 Hit May 28, 1983 – July 8, 1983: Irene Cara – Flashdance… What a Feeling

1988 – #1 Hit July 9, 1988 – July 22, 1988: Cheap Trick – The Flame

2011 – #1 Hit July 9, 2011 – July 15, 2011: Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer – Give Me Everything

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

If you Google your name followed by “the hedgehog” there’s probably something out there for you.

The military of San Marino still has an active crossbow corps that has existed uninterrupted since 1295.

Frasier and Darth Vader’s accents are ‘Mid-Atlantic’ – a dialect of American English created by aristocrats in the early 20th century.

The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

“I don’t care if it hurts, I wanna have control. I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul.” #songlyrics

The word “checkmate” derives from the Persian phrase “Shah Met” which means “the King is Dead.”

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was named the “American Pie.”

The North Country Trail starts in upstate New York and ends in North Dakota and is 4,600 miles long.

Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was an Olympic event.

There are 403,291,461,126,605,635,584,000,000 different ways to arrange the letters of the alphabet.

Topher Grace is the only person I’ve ever heard of who used Topher as a nickname for Christopher.

“Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Blues Brothers has been approved.” – Police Dispatcher

I care more about my grammar online than I ever did in school.

Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham uses exactly 50 words.

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