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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 - Dave Prater
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1988: Dave Prater (right) of the soul singing duo Sam & Dave dies at the age of 50 when his car leaves the highway near Sycamore, Ga., and hits a tree. Sam & Dave, whose hits included "Soul Man," "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "I Thank You," were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

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