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Today In History - April 9
Confederate General Robert E. Lee 
Confederate General Robert E. Lee 

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Today in History in 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrendered at Appomattox Court House to U.S. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1483 - Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England. He was never crowned, and disappeared, presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard (the "Princes in the Tower")
  • 1731 - British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain
  • 1768 - John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies
  • 1864 - Union surgeon Mary Edwards Walker is captured by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy during US Civil War.
  • 1865 - US Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1869 - Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
  • 1963 - Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen
  • 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • 2002 - Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets
  • 2003 - Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting
  • 2012 - The Lion King becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking The Phantom of the Opera
  • 2014 - Stuart Parkin is awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for his work on magnetic storage

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1791 - George Peacock, Denton County Durham, English Mathematician (algebraic theory)
  • 1889 - Efrem Zimbalist, Rostov on Don Russia, composer/violinist
  • 1898 - Paul Robeson, singer (Old Man River)/actor/footballer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1899 - James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1926 - Hugh Hefner, [Marston], Chicagp, magazine publisher (Playboy)
  • 1932 - Carl Perkins, Jackson Tn, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes)
  • 1939 - Michael Learned, Wash DC, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse)
  • 1953 - Hal Ketchum, Greenwich NY, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night)
  • 1966 - Cynthia Nixon, actress (Addams Family Values, Pelican Brief), born in NYC, New York
  • 1990 - Kristen Stewart, American actress (Bella Swan-The Twilight Saga), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1912 - Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (22) weds Natalie Talbert
  • 1913 - US Admiral Chester Nimitz (28) weds Catherine Freeman (21) in Wollaston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 - Biologist Alexander Fleming (34) weds doctor Amalia Koutsouri-Vourekas (41)
  • 1964 - Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (22) weds co-worker Marlynn Myers
  • 1966 - Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - Salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) divorces pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1492 - Lorenzo de' Medici (the Magnificent), leading Florentine statesman and patron of the arts during Florentine Renaissance, dies aged 43
  • 1626 - Francis Bacon, English statesman and philosopher, dies from pneumonia at 65
  • 1747 - Simon Fraser, 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, last man beheaded in England
  • 1959 - Frank Lloyd Wright, US architect (Guggenheim Museum NY), dies at 89
  • 2011 - Sidney Lumet, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2013 - David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82

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