August 9

August 9 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2021 Daily Holidays that fall on August 9, include:

  • International Coworking Day 
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous People 
  • National Book Lovers Day - August 9 and November 6, 2021 (First Saturday in November)
  • National Hand Holding Day 
  • National Polka Day 
  • National Rice Pudding Day 
  • Veep Day 
  • Victory Day (State Holiday in Rhode Island) - August 9, 2021 (Second Monday in August)

2021 Weekly Holidays that include August 9, are:

  • Air Conditioning Appreciation Days - July 3 - August 15
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week - August 8-14, 2021 (Second Week in August)
  • Gallop Inter-Tribal Indian Powwow - July 30 - August 10, 2021
  • International Mathematicians Week - August 1-9
  • Islamic New Year - Evening of August 9, 2021 - Evening of August 10, 2021
  • Muharram (Islamic New Year) - Evening of August 9, 2021 to Evening of August 10, 2021
  • National Motorcycle Week - August 8-14, 2021 (Second Week in August)
  • National Resurrect Romance Week - August 8-14, 2021 (Second Full Week in August)
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2021
  • Safe + Sound Week - August 9-15, 2021
  • U.S. Amateur Golf Week - August 9-15, 2021
  • Weird Contest Week - August 8-14, 2021 (Second Week in August)

2021 Monthly Holidays that include August 9, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 6-15, 2021
  • Vivid Sydney - August 6-28, 2021 located in Sydney, Australia is where art, technology, and commerce intersect, and is an event of light, music, and ideas. Featuring outdoor lighting sculptures, cutting edge contemporary music, and the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Check out our Holidays in Australia page!

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 9 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1757 - Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton - humanitarian, wife of Alexander Hamilto (d. 1854)
  • 1944 - Sam Elliott, American actor and producer (Road House, Tombstone, Hulk)
  • 1957 - Melanie Griffith, American actress and producer (Body Double, Working Girl)
  • 1963 - Whitney Houston, American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress (d. 2012)
  • 1967 - Deion Sanders, American football and baseball player
  • 1968 - Gillian Anderson, American-British actress, writer, and activist (The X-Files, Hannibal, The Fall)
  • 1968 - Eric Bana, Australian actor, comedian (Black Hawk Down, Hulk, Troy, Munich, Lone Survivor)
  • 1976 - Jessica Capshaw - American actress (Grey's Anatomy)

Famous Deaths

  • 1963 - Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, Son of John F. Kennedy (b. 1963)
  • 1969 - Sharon Tate, American model and actress, who was murdered by the Charles Manson family while she was eight and a half months pregnant (b. 1943)
  • 1996 - Frank Whittle, English soldier and engineer who invented the jet engine (b. 1907)
  • 2003 - Gregory Hines, American actor, dancer, and choreographer (The Cotton Club, White Nights) (b. 1946)
  • 2015 - Frank Gifford, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (b. 1930)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1949 - Actor James Stewart marries former model Gloria H. McLean
  • 1958 - Actor Robert Redford marries Lola Van Wagenen

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

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This Day in History

  • 1173 - Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa begins. Initially known as the Cathedral of Pisa, it would take two centuries to complete
  • 1872 - The United States and Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains is established with the signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 1892 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph
  • 1907 - The first Boy Scout encampment ends at Brownsea Island in southern England
  • 1930 - The character Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes
  • 1944 - Smokey the Bear appears for the first time on posters done by the United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising council
  • 1965 - Singapore gains its independence when they are expelled from Malaysia
  • 1973 - The USSR launches Mars 7
  • 1974 - US President Richard Nixon becomes the first President to resign from office due to the Watergate scandal. VP, Gerald Ford, becomes President
  • 1993 - After 38 years, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses its national leadership position

This Day in Music

  • 1969 - Easy to be Hard is released by Three Dog Night
  • 1969 - Hot Fun in the Summertime is released by Sly and the Family Stone
  • 1975 - Jive Talking by the Bee Gees hits #1 in the U.S.
  • 1986 - Queen play their last concert with Freddie Mercury at the Knebworth Park Festival in England
  • 1994 - Endangered Species is released by Lynyrd Skynyrd as their eighth album
  • 2005 - Photograph is released by Nickelback (video below)

This Day in Sports

  • 1923 - The NY State Golf Association is formed
  • 1936 - Jesse Ownes wins his fourth gold medal in track and field at the Games of the XI Olympiad
  • 1946 - Major League baseball games are played at night for the first time
  • 1988 - Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers is traded to the LA Kings for $15-20 million
  • 1992 - The 25th Olympic Games closes in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2002 - Barry Bonds, outfielder for the SF Giants hits his 600th career home run
  • 2012 - Usain Bolt, of Jamaica becomes the first to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Pankration (noun)

1. An Ancient Greek martial art combining aspects of boxing and wrestling, introduced in the Greek Olympic games in 648 BC.

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