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This Day In History: Apr. 9

This Day in History

1548: Gonzalo Pizarro, Spanish colonial governor of Quito (now in Ecuador ) and leader of a rebellion against Spain, is defeated at Jaquijaguana.
1682: Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, claims the lower Mississippi River region for France and calls it Louisiana.
1865: The Civil War ends when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders 27,800 Confederate troops to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, VA.
1917: The Allies begin their first attempt to break through German lines near Arras, France during World War I.
1939: After not being allowed to sing in the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, opera singer Marian Anderson delivers an open-air concert from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
1940: Germany invades Norway and Denmark.
1941: An agreement is reached with Denmark giving the U.S. "protective custody" over Greenland during World War II.
1948: The assassination of Colombian Liberal party leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán in Bogotá sparks a nationwide uprising against the Conservative government; some 1500 were killed and more than 20,000 injured.
1970: Paul McCartney announces that the Beatles are to break up.
1992: A U.S. jury finds Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering.
2003: Joyous Iraqis, helped by Americans, topple a 20-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square.

Today's Birthdays

1821: Charles Baudelaire, poet (France; died 1867)
1865: Erich Ludendorff, Germany's chief strategist during World War I (Posen, Prussia—now Poznán, Poland; died 1937)
1872: Leon Blum, French statesman and political leader (Paris, France; died 1950)
1883: Frank King, cartoonist and creator of ""Gasoline Alley"" (Cashon, WI; died 1969)
1898: Paul Robeson, actor/singer (Princeton, NJ; died 1976)
1926: Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy (Chicago, IL)
1928: Tom Lehrer, songwriter (New York, NY)
1933: Jean-Paul Belmondo, actor (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
1936: Bob Graham, U.S. senator, FL governor (Coral Gables, FL)
1939: Michael Learned, actress (Washington, D.C.)
1954: Dennis Quaid, actor (Houston, TX)
1957: Seve Ballesteros, golfer (Pedrena, Spain)
1966: Cynthia Nixon, actress (New York, NY)
1971: Jacques Villeneueve, auto racer (St. John d'Iberville, Quebec, Canada)
1979: Keshia Knight Pulliam, actress (Newark, NJ)

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