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.

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2001: American Airlines' parent company acquires bankrupt Trans World Airlines. TWA, once one of the largest domestic airlines, would fly its last flight before officially becoming part of American Airlines on Dec. 1, 2001.

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