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 - Phil Ochs
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1976: American protest singer Phil Ochs commits suicide by hanging at the age of 35 in Far Rockaway, New York. Ochs, who wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime, became known for his performances at political events, including anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student events, and organized labor events over the course of his career.

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