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 - Sidney Lumet
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2011: Sidney Lumet, the Oscar-nominated director of movies such as "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Network" and "The Verdict," dies of lymphoma at the age of 86 in Manhattan, New York.

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