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.
1965: The Houston Astrodome opens as the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, with an exhibition game between the Astros and the New York Yankees. Judy Garland and The Supremes performed before the game, with President Lyndon Johnson in attendance. Yankees' slugger Mickey Mantle hit the stadium's first home run in the game.
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