April 9 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
April 9 History Highlights
April 9 is…
|Chinese Almond Cookie Day
Name Yourself Day
Winston Churchill Day
April 9 Birthday Quotes
“My advice would be to follow your dream. Most of my life, I was in second place before I came in first place. I hope that inspired people to never give up.”
“Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence.”
“Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.”
“Art is not just to show life as it is, but to show life as it should be.”
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.”
April 9 Birthdays
|1830 – Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer and cinematographer (died in 1904)
1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer, actor, and activist (died in 1976)
1917 – Brad Dexter, American character actor (died in 2002)
1926 – Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founded Playboy Enterprises (died in 2017)
1928 – Tom Lehrer, American humorous singer-songwriter
1932 – Carl Perkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1998)
1936 – Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist author, attempted murderer (died in 1988)
1937 – Marty Krofft, Canadian screenwriter and producer, brother of Sid Croft
1939 – Michael Learned, American actress
1953 – Stephen Paddock, American mass murderer responsible for the 2017 Las Vegas shooting (died in 2017)
1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor
1963 – Joe Scarborough, American journalist
1965 – Paulina Porizkova, Czech-born Swedish-American model
1965 – Jeff Zucker, American businessman
1966 – Cynthia Nixon, American actress
1977 – Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter and comic book writer
1986 – Leighton Meester, American actress
1987 – Jesse McCartney, American singer-songwriter
1990 – Kristen Stewart, American actress
1998 – Elle Fanning, American actress
2000 – Jackie Evancho, American singer
April 9 History
1585 – Sir Walter Raleigh departed England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.
1865 – At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, ending the US Civil War.
1867 – The Alaska Purchase – the United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million, in a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate.
April 9, 1919 Birthday (fictional) Peggy Carter, Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe
1945 – The United States Atomic Energy Commission was formed.
1947 (Tornado) Higgins, Texas, and Woodward, Oklahoma.
1957 – The Suez Canal in Egypt wacleared and opened to shipping following the Suez Crisis.
1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts for Project Mercury. They were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton – the “Mercury Seven”
1962 – Sophia Loren won the Best Actress Oscar for Two Women.
1965 – Astrodome opened with the first indoor baseball game is played. It was an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Astros won 2-1.
1966 – #1 Hit April 9, 1966 – April 29, 1966: The Righteous Brothers – (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration
1967 – The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight.
1974 – Phil Brooks was issued a US patent (#3,802,434) for a disposable syringe.
1977 – #1 Hit April 9, 1977 – April 15, 1977: ABBA – Dancing Queen
1981 – Nature published the longest scientific name in history. With 16,569 nucleotides, the systematic name for human mitochondrial DNA is 207,000 letters long. That would be over 1000 typical web pages.
1988 – #1 Hit April 9, 1988 – April 22, 1988: Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
1993 – Indecent Proposal, The Sandlot, and Sidekicks were released in theaters.
1994 – #1 Hit April 9, 1994 – May 20, 1994: R. Kelly – Bump n’ Grind
1998 – The Price Is Right aired their milestone 5,000th episode. Every prize given away on that episode was a car.
1999 – Never Been Kissed debuted in theaters.
2004 – Ella Enchanted, The Alamo, The Whole Ten Yards, and The Girl Next Door were released in theaters.
2011 – #1 Hit April 9, 2011 – April 29, 2011: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – E.T.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Peter O’Toole was nominated for eight performance Oscars and never won.
A group of Stingrays is called a Fever.
The working title for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was ‘A Boy’s Life.’
“Round up the usual suspects.” – Capt. Louis Renault (Claude Rains) in Casablanca, 1942
“If I Ran the Zoo” was published in 1950 and is the first recorded instance of the word “nerd.”
“That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call ’em something else.” – Jim Baker in Sixteen Candles #moviequotes
Sonny the Cuckoo Bird is the bird who is coo-coo- for Cocoa Puffs.
Biggest film of 2004: Shrek 2 (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $441,000,000
TV Quotes… “Let’s get ready to rumble!” (Michael Buffer) various sports even
“Genuine Leather” is a grade of leather and does not just mean the product is made of leather.
Dusty Springfield – Real Name: Mary Isobel Catherine O’Brien
Buddha (Buddism Founder) – Real Name: Gautama Siddhartha
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Yogi Berra
In a glass of water, ice cubes don’t take up space. They take up time. #deepthoughts
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