35 fun facts for September, 9

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
September 9th is a day full of fascinating events, from the admission of California to the United States and the foundation of North Korea to the first demonstration of television sets and the birth of beloved English author Leo Tolstoy. This date has a unique blend of holidays, technological advancements, and historical milestones that span various aspects of human history.
35 Fun facts
  1. California was admitted to the United States as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. This historic event took place as part of the Compromise of 1850, which aimed to balance the interests of free and slave states.
  2. The first successful demonstration of TV sets and broadcasting took place on September 9, 1927. The invention was demonstrated by Philo Farnsworth, a US inventor, and helped pave the way for the modern television industry.
  3. On September 9, 1947, a moth was found trapped in a computer's relay, causing the machine to malfunction. This incident is believed to have inspired the term "computer bug."
  4. The National Day of Andorra is celebrated annually on September 9th. Known as the National Day of Our Lady of Meritxell, it commemorates the patron saint of the nation.
  5. In 1995, on September 9, Sony released the PlayStation in the United States. The gaming console became incredibly popular and revolutionized the gaming industry by offering high-quality graphics and innovative games.
  6. Teddy Tolars, a US citizen, set a world record by eating 91 caterpillars in under 10 minutes on September 9, 1986.
  7. Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time on September 9, 1956. This appearance brought a new level of fame and cultural significance to the legendary musician.
  8. The Treaty of Portsmouth officially ended the Russo-Japanese War on September 9, 1905. The treaty was brokered by the United States, and its signing marked a new era of diplomacy between Russia and Japan.
  9. September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day in the United States. The holiday is meant to celebrate the iconic stuffed toy, which is named after former President Theodore Roosevelt.
  10. On September 9, 1947, The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) held its first-ever game. The creation of the league marked a significant milestone for women in sports.
  11. September 9th is marked as National Chrysanthemum Day in Japan. It is also known as the Chrysanthemum Festival, an event that dates back to imperial periods in Japanese history.
  12. Montreal engineer Sandford Fleming created the first official system for dividing the world into time zones on September 9, 1878. This innovation transformed the way people lived and worked, making it easier to coordinate activities across distances.
  13. Australian racing driver Jack Brabham won his first Formula One World Championship on September 9, 1959. Brabham would later become the first driver to win a championship in a car of his own design.
  14. The United States Postal Service was founded on September 9, 1775. Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the first Postmaster General.
  15. On September 9, 1939, the first spectacular explosions of the World War II era occurred at the British-controlled Magazine Island in Hong Kong. The event marked the beginning of numerous explosions caused by air raids.
  16. September 9, 2012, the world's first human-powered helicopter achieved sustainable flight. The Gamera II, developed by the University of Maryland engineering students, was powered solely on human strength and maintained stable hovering for 65 seconds.
  17. On September 9, 1965, legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game in baseball. This outstanding accomplishment is one of the rarest achievements in the history of the sport.
  18. In 1999, on September 9, the popular toy "Furby" was banned from the US National Security Agency due to its ability to repeat conversations, and concerns arose that it could record sensitive information.
  19. September 9th is National Wiener Schnitzel Day in the United States, a day to celebrate the iconic Austrian dish involving breaded veal or pork cutlets.
  20. On September 9, 1971, prisoners at the infamous Attica Correctional Facility in New York began a four-day rebellion. The uprising would lead to significant reforms in the US prison system.
  21. The first Miss America beauty pageant was held on September 9, 1921, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The contest, which aimed to increase tourism and bring business to the city, has since become a national tradition.
  22. The first ever Major League Baseball night game, which was played under temporary lights, took place on September 9, 1929. The game was held at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, between the Phillies and the Giants.
  23. Journalist, explorer, and adventurer Nelly Bly completed her first published solo hot air balloon flight on September 9, 1895. Her flight report made newspaper headlines across the United States.
  24. On September 9, 1948, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, was founded. This day is now a national holiday in the country, known as the Day of the Foundation of the Republic.
  25. In 1959, the first Barbie doll was introduced to the world on September 9. The debut of the toy at the American International Toy Fair in New York City marked a significant day in the history of toys and popular culture.
  26. William the Conqueror, the future King of England, set sail from France to invade England on September 9, 1066. The event would lead to the famous Battle of Hastings and the eventual conquest of England by the Normans.
  27. Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry VIII on September 9, 1533. The excommunication was in response to the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn, which was not approved by the Catholic Church.
  28. On September 9, 1973, Swedish tennis player Björn Borg won his first Grand Slam title. Borg, just 17 years old at the time, defeated Spaniard Manuel Orantes in the final of the French Open.
  29. The first commercial airliner, a Boeing 707, flew on September 9, 1957. This flight marked the beginning of the jet age and changed the way people traveled the world.
  30. September 9th is National Hug Your Boss Day in the United States, encouraging people to express their appreciation for their superiors through a friendly embrace.
  31. The first Little League Baseball World Series took place on September 9, 1947. The series was held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and has since grown into a beloved annual event.
  32. On September 9, 1960, American actor Hugh Grant was born. Grant has become one of the most well-known actors worldwide, starring in numerous box office hits.
  33. English author Leo Tolstoy, best known for works such as War and Peace and Anna Karenina, was born on September 9, 1828. His contributions to literature have made him one of the most revered writers in history.
  34. The first German Oktoberfest took place on September 9, 1810, in Munich, Bavaria. The event, which started as a royal wedding celebration, has since become a famous annual beer festival.
  35. In 1976, on September 9, the People's Republic of China announced the death of its leader, Mao Zedong. Mao had led the Communist Party to victory in the Chinese Civil War, founding modern-day China in 1949.