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 - Nick Adenhart
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2009: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart is killed shortly after midnight in a car accident by a drunken driver in Fullerton, Calif., just hours after being the starting pitcher in the previous night's game. The driver of the car Adenhart was in and another passenger also died in the crash. Andrew Thomas Gallo was later convicted of three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, and one felony count of hit-and-run and sentenced to 51 years to life in prison. The Angels and the minor league Salt Lake Bees, who Adenhart pitched for in most of the 2008 season, suspended their next games after his death.

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