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 - Suez Canal
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1957: Following the Suez Crisis, the Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping. The canal had been partially obstructed by ships sunk by the order of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser after Israeli forces invaded the Sinai Peninsula.

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