On this day: April 9

Published On: Apr 06 2013 12:22:11 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2016 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 - Leighton Meester
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1986: Actress and singer Leighton Meester, best known for the TV series "Gossip Girl," is born in Fort Worth, Texas. She has also had roles in the movies "Country Strong," "The Roommate" and "Monte Carlo."

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