On this day: April 9

Published On: Apr 06 2013 12:22:11 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2016 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 - Appomattox Court House
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1865: Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the Civil War. The signing of the surrender documents occurred in the parlor of a house owned by Wilmer McLean, seen here.

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