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April 09th Today's Highlights in History

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Friday, April 09th
The 099th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. (Go to article.)

On April 9, 1903, Gregory Pincus, the American scientist whose discoveries led to the development of the first birth-control pills , was born. Following his death on Aug. 22, 1967, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On April 9, 1870, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the first black senator. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1682    French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River.

1833    The nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in Peterborough, N.H.

1939    Black singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because of her race.

1940    Germany invaded Denmark and Norway during World War II.

1942    American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces during World War II.

1959    NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.

1969    The album "Nashville Skyline" by Bob Dylan was released.

1992    Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges.

1996    President Bill Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law.

2001    American Airlines' parent company acquired bankrupt Trans World Airlines.

2003    Jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad.

2005    Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.

Current Birthdays

Kristen Stewart turns 20 years old today.

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello Actress Kristen Stewart ("Twilight" movies) turns 20 years old today.

84    Hugh Hefner
Playboy magazine founder

78    Jim Fowler

71    Michael Learned
Actress ("The Waltons")

57    Hal Ketchum
Country singer

56    Dennis Quaid

45    Paulina Porizkova
Actress, model

33    Gerard Way
Rock singer (My Chemical Romance)

31    Keshia Knight Pulliam
Actress ("The Cosby Show")

23    Jesse McCartney
Actor, singer

12    Elle Fanning
Actress ("Because of Winn-Dixie")

Historic Birthdays

Gregory Pincus

4/9/1903 - 8/22/1967
American endocrinologist; helped develop the birth control bill
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82    John Bacon
4/9/1738 - 10/25/1820
American clergyman, legislator and judge; advocate of civil and religious liberty

53    Isambard Brunel
4/9/1806 - 9/15/1859
English civil and mechanical engineer; designed the first transatlantic steamer

46    Charles Baudelaire
4/9/1821 - 8/31/1867
French poet, translator and literary critic

66    Emily Hobhouse
4/9/1860 - 6/8/1926
English reformer and social worker

78    Leon Blum
4/9/1872 - 3/30/1950
French politician; first Socialist and Jewish premier of France (1936-37)

86    Frank King
4/9/1883 - 6/24/1969
American comic-strip artist; created "Gasoline Alley"

86    Sol Hurok
4/9/1888 - 3/5/1974
Russian-born impresario; popularized classical ballet and music in America

78    Paul Robeson
4/9/1898 - 1/23/1976
American singer, actor and black activist

67    Curly Lambeau
4/9/1898 - 6/1/1965
American football coach and founder of the Green Bay Packers

90    J. William Fulbright
4/9/1905 - 2/9/1995
American senator

82    Antal Dorati
4/9/1906 - 11/13/1988
Hungarian-born American conductor

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