On July 7, 2007, gamblers crowded casinos and betting parlors, hoping lucky 7s would influence the gambling Gods. On 08/08/08, couples from all over the world flocked to the altar to have their vows sealed on a day whose date signified luck and strength.
It's no coincidence that theBeijing Olympics began Aug. 8, 2008, at 8:08:08 p.m.
So what does 9/9/09 have in store for us?
Numerologists see the number 9 as the number of life. It can be seen as both a signifier of endings and beginnings. But more important, it's the number of humanity, of coming together and helping one's fellow man.
Why 999 or 9/9/09 or 09/09/09 Is Special
About to give birth? Numerologist and radio host Jerome Carter says Sept. 9, 2009, is an incredible day to be born on.
"That child will be born with a special gift. He or she will have a direct link to the mysteries of God and life," Carter told ABCNews.com. "He or she has potential to be a world leader."
So, should you race to the altar to be married on 09/09/09? Not so fast, says Carter.
"Don't do it," he cautions. "Never get married under the number nine."
He says that 82 percent of his divorced clients who come to him for numerological advice were married on a date that included the number nine.
Not everyone agrees -- or knows -- about that correlation. More than 4,000 couples in Tianjin, China, have set Sept. 9 as their wedding date, Pan Shuhui, the president of the Tianjin Wedding Association, told the Epoch Times.
If you're scanning the want ads, be aware that numerologists say nine is considered a "powerful" number, but not necessarily a "lucky" one.
"If you're prepared for the job interview and you know about it in advance, it will work out," Carter said. "If someone offers you an interview out of the blue, to come in that day, it won't work out."
Apple's Revolution Number 9?
Is Steve Jobs a numerology nut? A highly anticipated Apple event titled "It's Only Rock and Roll But We Like It" is scheduled for Wednesday in San Francisco, where the company will make a mysterious announcement.
Will they donate 999 iPhones to charity? Will they keep the price of their songs at 99 cents? Introduce the 9 terabyte iPod? Have Nine Inch Nails perform?
Perhaps the day was chosen as the ultimate day to think back on a legendary band's musical past and choices they made that changed the face of music. After all, John Lennon left the Beatles on Sept. 9, 1969.
If you want to take Beatlemania to the extreme, head to the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, England. If you arrive before 09/09/09, they'll give you 99 pounds to spend as you please. That's a lot of nines.
Number 9: Lucky in Love?
If thriftiness trumps numbers, there are lots of ways to get married on the cheap, if you're willing to tie the knot on 09/09/09.
In Hollywood, Calif., nine lucky couples were chosen to receive a 99-cent wedding, courtesy of the 99 Cent Only Stores.
The wedding dress and the specially made altar backdrop is "inspired by Chanel," the company says, but it's actually made entirely out of 99 Cent Only store items. It's more creatively frugal than downright cheap.
Floridians can head down to Palm Beach for a $99 wedding. The Palm Beach County Clerks Office says the package includes the marriage license, a ceremony in the clerk's matrimonial room and photos of your "I do."
"Just because it's a bad economic time, love doesn't have to wait," Palm Beach County clerk Sharon Bock told the Palm Beach Post.
9/9/09 Sparks Wedding Deals
For Vegas vows, check out the Stratosphere. The hotel is offering 99 couples the opportunity to get hitched at the same time, at exactly 9:09 p.m. on its indoor observation deck. Expect flowing champagne, cheap room rates, ($99 and under, of course) and breaks on tickets to the hotel/theme park rides.
Slot jockeys, take note. Numerologist Carter says last year was probably a better year for gambling, since 8 signifies money. But if you want to roll the dice, casinos have plenty of 09/09/09 ideas to get you to the tables.
Food and Flicks and (No) Cats on 09/09/09
If you are tired of coworkers sending you photos of cats all day, Sept. 9, 2009 is your day to breathe sigh of relief. The site Urlesque.com has launched "A Day Without Cats" online. Feline lovers will be aghast to know that many top cute animal sites are participating in the one-day ban.
Horror fans can track down the Fangoria-praised flick "9/9/09," a creepy tale of life after a plague wipes out a small town. I'm sensing a theme here.
And finally, are you turning 9 or 99 on 09/09/09? Then you may be eligible to win a free Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake from Domino's Pizza. Maybe grandma will phone in a delivery for you, as a favor.