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 - Ward Bond
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1903: Actor Ward Bond, known for the Western TV series "Wagon Train" and for supporting roles in movies such as "The Searchers," "The Quiet Man," "It Happened One Night," "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Maltese Falcon," "Bringing Up Baby," "Gone with the Wind," "Rio Bravo" and "The Grapes of Wrath," is born in Benkelman, Neb. Bond is seen here alongside John Wayne, with whom he made 23 movies with, in 1951's "Operation Pacific." He died of a heart attack at age 57 on Nov. 5, 1960.

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