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 - Journey of Reconciliation
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Fellowship of Reconciliation

1947: The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride, begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The two-week journey by 16 men was aimed at forcing enforcement of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1946 decision banning racial segregation in interstate travel and inspired the later Freedom Rides of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

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