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 - Carl Perkins
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1932: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Carl Perkins, best known for rockabilly hits like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Boppin' the Blues," "Dixie Fried" and "Your True Love," is born in Tiptonville, Tennessee. He died of throat cancer at age 65 on Jan. 19, 1998.

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