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 - Linda Hunt Oscars
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1984: At the 56th Academy Awards, Linda Hunt wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her "The Year of Living Dangerously" role of male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan (pictured), becoming the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. The night's big winner was "Terms of Endearment," which won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for James L. Brooks, Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine and Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson.

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