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 - Iraq War
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2003: Baghdad, Iraq, falls to American forces. The iconic image of the day is a statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled as Iraqis turn on symbols of their former leader, pulling down the statue and tearing it to pieces.

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