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.

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1866: The U.S. Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson's veto of the Civil Rights Bill, which granted citizenship to freed slaves. The action represented the first time Congress overrode a presidential veto in American history. The 14th Amendment was later designed to put the key provisions of the Civil Rights Act into the U.S. Constitution.

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