Today--and this date, particularly--represents the latest round of repeated, single-digit dates for almost a century, until January 1, 2101.
That makes this the last of the single-digit dates for the next 92 years.
According to Internet sources, the ancient Chinese emperors were connected with the number nine, which figured prominently in the architecture and royal robes, often in the form of nine dragons feared. The imperial dynasty was so convinced of the power of the number nine that the palace complex in Beijing's Forbidden City has 9999 rooms.
More folk lore: In Japanese, the word nine is a homonym of the word for suffering, so the number is considered very bad luck, second only to four, which sounds like death.
According to some numerologists, the number nine has a special status and is associated with forgiveness, compassion, and success on the positive side and the arrogance and self-righteousness in the negative.
Other numerologists feel that the date 9 Sept 2009 or 090909 is a date of auspicious omen.
For most of us, as eHow blogger Michael Skinner concludes, today--or 090909--will be what you make of it so enjoy the day.