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 - Mae West
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1928: Mae West makes her New York City debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil." The play, about a racy woman in the 1890s, was her first major Broadway success and was the basis for her character in her second movie, the 1933 film "She Done Him Wrong."

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