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 - USS George Washington
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U.S. Naval Historical Center

1981: The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington surfaces underneath the Japanese cargo ship Nissho Maru, which sinks in 15 minutes, killing two crewmen. The U.S. Navy accepted responsibility for the incident, and relieved and reprimanded the George Washington's commanding officer and officer of the deck.

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