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On this day: April 9

Published On: Apr 06 2013 12:22:11 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House, NASA picks its first seven astronauts, the Houston Astrodome opens, and Iraqis tear down Saddam Hussein's statue in a liberated Baghdad, all on this day.

OTD April 9 - Zip the Pinhead
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1926: Zip the Pinhead, a freak show performer who became famous for his tapered head, dies at the age of 84 in New York City. Born William Henry Johnson, he was a big draw for P.T. Barnum's American Museum and also traveled extensively with the Ringling Brothers circus.

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