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July 9, 2024 Holiday:

Cow Appreciation Day

Cow Appreciation Day is a unique and delightful holiday that celebrates the importance of cows in our lives. On this special day, people come together to acknowledge the significant role that cows play in providing us with milk, cheese, and other dairy products. Many farms and ranches open their doors to the public, offering tours and educational activities to teach people about cow care and the dairy industry. Some enthusiasts even dress up in cow costumes to show their appreciation for these magnificent creatures. Overall, Cow Appreciation Day is a fun and educational celebration that promotes awareness and gratitude for the humble cow.

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Holidays on July 9, 2024:
Birthdays on July 9:

O. J. Simpson

Died in 2024, aged 76

A charismatic athlete-turned-actor who became infamous for a highly publicized murder trial and acquittal, later convicted of armed robbery. He's a household name synonymous with s...

Tom Hanks

68 Years Old

Academy Award-winning actor, director, and producer renowned for iconic roles in films like Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, and Toy Story.

Marc Andreessen

53 Years Old

Co-founder of Netscape, a pioneer in web browsing, revolutionizing internet access for the masses. Known for developing the JavaScript programming language and shaping the modern w...

Jack White

49 Years Old

A multi-talented musician who founded The White Stripes, known for his eclectic and innovative style, blending blues, rock, and folk to create a unique sound.

Kevin O'Leary

70 Years Old

A Canadian entrepreneur and investor, known for his blunt advice and investment strategies on the reality TV show Shark Tank.

David Hockney

87 Years Old

A pioneering artist who blurred the lines between painting and photography, creating iconic works that explored the intersection of art and technology.

Lindsey Graham

69 Years Old

A prominent Republican senator from South Carolina, known for his conservative views and influential role in shaping US foreign policy and judicial nominations.

Jimmy Smits

69 Years Old

Star of popular TV shows like "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue," known for his charismatic performances as a lawyer and police officer.

Oliver Sacks

Died in 2015, aged 82

A renowned neurologist and author who explored the human brain's mysteries through captivating storytelling, making complex medical concepts accessible to a broad audience.

Kevin Nash

65 Years Old

A legendary figure in the world of professional wrestling, known for his towering physique and charismatic performances in the ring, as well as his memorable acting roles in popula...

Donald Rumsfeld

Died in 2021, aged 88

The 13th United States Secretary of Defense, a high-ranking government official, oversaw the US military during the Iraq War and was known for his controversial decisions and quote...

Chris Cooper

73 Years Old

Academy Award-winning actor known for his nuanced, understated performances in films like "Adaptation" and "Seabiscuit". He brings depth and authenticity to his characters, often p...

Events from History on July 9:
156 years ago
The 14th Amendment secures citizenship and due process for all (Washington D.C., USA) 1868
The dramatic shift towards true equality! On July 9, 1868, a milestone moment in American history unfolded as the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. This monumental event effectively granted African Americans full citizenship and ensured that all persons in the United States received the sacred right to due process of law. With this amendment, the nation took a significant stride towards rectifying the grave injustices of the past, bringing hope to the thousands who had been marginalized and excluded from the American dream. This historic ratification not only reshaped the fabric of society but also paved the way for future generations to fight for their rights and equality.
81 years ago
Allies Invade Sicily, Toppling Mussolini and Shifting WWII Tide (Sicily, Italy) 1943
As the sun set over the Mediterranean, a massive armada of Allied ships converged on the shores of Sicily, marking the beginning of Operation Husky. On July 9, 1943, the largest amphibious assault in history was underway, as American, British, and Canadian forces stormed the beaches, catching the Axis powers off guard. Led by Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bernard Montgomery, the invasion force battled through rugged terrain and fierce resistance, gradually pushing the German and Italian defenders toward the north. The success of the campaign ultimately led to Benito Mussolini's downfall and Hitler's costly diversion of troops from the Eastern Front, forcing a pivotal shift in the war's momentum.
80 years ago
American Forces Capture Saipan from Japan (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, USA) 1944
The island of Saipan, a crucial stronghold in the Japanese archipelago, fell to American forces on July 9, 1944, marking a pivotal moment in World War II. With Saipan under their control, the Americans could now launch B-29 bomber raids directly onto Japanese soil, bringing the war to Japan's doorstep. This significant victory led to the downfall of the Tojo government, headed by Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, a hardline militarist who had dominated Japanese politics for years. The battle was fierce, with both sides suffering heavy casualties, but in the end, the Americans emerged victorious, paving the way for the eventual defeat of Japan.
262 years ago
Catherine the Great seizes power from husband Peter III. (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 1762
Catherine, a German princess, had grown tired of her hapless husband Peter III's inept rule and his disastrous decisions, which threatened to ruin Russia. She capitalized on his unpopularity among the nobility and military, and orchestrated a bloodless coup. With the help of her lover, Count Grigory Orlov, and other loyal allies, Catherine deposed Peter III, declaring herself the Empress of Russia. This bold move marked the beginning of a new era, as Catherine would go on to become one of the most beloved and influential rulers in Russian history.
161 years ago
Union victory secures Mississippi River control (Port Hudson, Louisiana, USA) 1863
The siege of Port Hudson was the climax of a 48-day ordeal that tested the mettle of both Union and Confederate forces. Confederate commander Major General Franklin Gardner was determined to hold the strategic stronghold, but Union commander Major General Nathaniel P. Banks was equally resolute to claim victory. With the Mississippi River's fate hanging precariously, Banks' tactics ultimately paid off, as Gardner's forces, exhausted and depleted, laid down their arms. This triumph, coupled with the fall of Vicksburg just five days prior, handed the Union complete control of the vital waterway, severing the Confederacy's main supply line and paving the way for future victories.
13 years ago
Sudan splits as South Sudan gains independence (Juba, South Sudan) 2011
The world witnessed a historic moment as South Sudan, led by Salva Kiir Mayardit, finally broke free from Sudan's grasp, marking the end of Africa's longest-running civil war that had ravaged the region for decades. With the ink barely dry on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the people of South Sudan celebrated their hard-won independence, bringing hope to a nation torn apart by conflict and violence.
Notable Deaths on July 9:
1932King Camp Gillette Visionary entrepreneur who revolutionized shaving and grooming
2014Eileen Ford Pinnacle of success, American businesswoman and model industry pioneer
2019Rip Torn Pioneering journalist and commentator, English reporter
2019Ross Perot American business and politics trailblazer
1992Eric Sevareid Renowned American television journalist
2002Rod Steiger Legendary American film and stage actor
1850Zachary Taylor An American general and politician who became the 12th President of the United States
1996Melvin Belli American lawyer and trial advocate
1961Whittaker Chambers American communist who became a key figure in the Alger Hiss espionage case.
2004Isabel Sanford American actress and television personality
1951Harry Heilmann Agile baseball player who swung for the fences
1938Benjamin N. Cardozo Respected jurist who interpreted the law with fairness and justice
1974Earl Warren American jurist who served as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States.
2013Toshi Seeger Cultural activist and festival founder
2011Don Ackerman NBA player and athletic specialist
1985Jimmy Kinnon Scottish-American activist who founded Narcotics Anonymous to help individuals struggling with addiction.
2015Christian Audigier French fashion designer, trailblazing style guru
2004Paul Klebnikov American journalist, historian, and author
1746Philip V of Spain A Spanish monarch who ruled the Spanish Empire and claimed the title of King of the Romans
1441Jan van Eyck Dutch painter who illuminated the subtleties of human emotion