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    • April 9, 0193 Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).

    • April 9, 0475 "Byzantine Emperor Basiliscus issues a circular letter (Enkyklikon) to the bishops of his empire, supporting the Monophysiste christological position."

    • April 9, 0715 Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope

    • April 9, 1241 Battle of Liegnitz: Mongol forces defeats the Polish and German armies.

    • April 9, 1413 Henry V is crowned King of England.

    • April 9, 1440 Christopher of Bavaria is appointed King of Denmark.

    • April 9, 1667 "First public art exhibition (Palais-Royale, Paris)"

    • April 9, 1682 La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

    • April 9, 1682 Louisiana USA René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle 1643-1687 erects a cross and proclaims the Mississippi delta the property of Louis XIV

    • April 9, 1682 "Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana."

    • April 9, 1766 "The first fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain"

    • April 9, 1770 Capt James Cook discovers Botany Bay (Australia)

    • April 9, 1789 House of Representives first meeting

    • April 9, 1802 French Protestant church becomes state-supported & -controlled

    • April 9, 1816 African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Phila)

    • April 9, 1831 "Robert Jenkins loses an ear, starts war between Britain and Spain"

    • April 9, 1833 "First tax-supported public library (Peterborough, NH)"

    • April 9, 1838 National Galley opens in London

    • April 9, 1838 "Steamship ""Great Western"" maiden voyage (Bristol England to NYC) beginning of the end of the Age of Sail"

    • April 9, 1861 "Asteroid 66, Maia discovered"

    • April 9, 1861 Second relief convoy for Fort Sumter left New York

    • April 9, 1861 "US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia seized by confederacy"

    • April 9, 1864 "Battle of Mansfield, La Federals routed by Gen Richard Taylor"

    • April 9, 1865 "American Civil War: Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, effectively ending the war."

    • April 9, 1865 "Federals capture Ft Blakely, Alabama"

    • April 9, 1865 Lee's retreat cut off near Appomattox Court House

    • April 9, 1865 "Robert E Lee and 26,765 troops, surrender to US Grant at Appomattox"

    • April 9, 1866 Civil Rights Bill passes over Pres Andrew Johnson's veto

    • April 9, 1867 "Alaska purchase: Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska."

    • April 9, 1869 Hudson Bay Company cedes it's territory to Canada

    • April 9, 1870 American Anti-Slavery Society dissolves

    • April 9, 1893 The critic reports that the ice cream soda is our national drink

    • April 9, 1898 "Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese"

    • April 9, 1904 Entente Cordiale signed by France & England

    • April 9, 1906 3Β«th modern Olympic games opens in Athens (4/22 NS)

    • April 9, 1907 P Lowell discovers asteroid #793 Arizona

    • April 9, 1908 Herbert Henry Asquith becomes PM of England

    • April 9, 1909 The U.S. Congress passes the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act.

    • April 9, 1912 "Steamers collide in the Nile, drowning 200"

    • April 9, 1913 "17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified"

    • April 9, 1913 The Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opens.

    • April 9, 1914 "First full color film shown ""The World, The Flesh and the Devil"" (London)"

    • April 9, 1914 "Grand Trunk Pacific Railway main line is completed between Winnipeg, Melville, Edmonton, Jasper and Prince Rupert."

    • April 9, 1914 US & Columbia sign a treaty concerning the Panama Canal Zone

    • April 9, 1916 World War I: Battle of Verdun - German forces launch their third offensive of the battle.

    • April 9, 1917 Battle of Arras begins

    • April 9, 1917 Capt. Thain Wendell MacDowell (Cdn. 38th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge France

    • April 9, 1917 Lance-Sargent Ellis Wellwood Sifton (Cdn. 18th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge France

    • April 9, 1917 Pvt. William Johnstone Milne (Cdn. 16th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge France

    • April 9, 1917 Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops

    • April 9, 1918 Latvia proclaims independence

    • April 9, 1925 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

    • April 9, 1928 "Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play ""Diamond Lil"""

    • April 9, 1929 Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey 1887-1967 protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I'm Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration

    • April 9, 1931 """White Horse Inn"" opens in London"

    • April 9, 1935 Works Progress Administration approved by Congress

    • April 9, 1937 The Kamikaze arrives at Croydon Airport in London - it is the first Japanese-built aircraft to fly to Europe.

    • April 9, 1939 "Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after having been refused the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall."

    • April 9, 1940 Germany invades Norway and Denmark during WW II

    • April 9, 1940 World War II: Germany invades Denmark and Norway.

    • April 9, 1941 "Commissioning of USS North Carolina, which carried 9 16-inch guns"

    • April 9, 1942 Battle of Bataan-US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japs at Bataan

    • April 9, 1942 HMS HERMES sunk in the Indian Ocean off south east coast of Ceylon by Japanese carrier dive-bombers.

    • April 9, 1942 World War II: Battle of Bataan/Bataan Death March - United States forces surrender on the Bataan Peninsula. Japanese Navy launches air raid on Trincomalee in Ceylon (Sri Lanka); Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Hermes and Royal Australian Navy Destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off the island's east coast.

    • April 9, 1943 Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau

    • April 9, 1943 Re-establishment of Commodore rank in the U.S. Navy

    • April 9, 1945 "Liberty ship at Bari Italy carrying aerial bombs explodes, kills 360"

    • April 9, 1945 The United States Atomic Energy Commission formed

    • April 9, 1945 World War II: The German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer is sunk.

    • April 9, 1946 League of Nations assembles for last time

    • April 9, 1947 Atomic Energy Commission formed

    • April 9, 1947 "Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed"

    • April 9, 1947 "The Glazier-Higgins-Woodward Tornadoes kill 181 and injure 970 in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas."

    • April 9, 1947 "The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel."

    • April 9, 1947 "Tornadoes striking West Texas and Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300"

    • April 9, 1948 "Jorge Elicer Gaitn's assassination provokes a violent riot in Bogot (the Bogotazo), and a further ten years of violence in all of Colombia (La violencia)."

    • April 9, 1948 Massacre at Deir Yassin.

    • April 9, 1950 Bob Hope's first TV appearance

    • April 9, 1952 "In El Reno, Oklahoma a 5.5 earthquake occurred the largest historical earthquake in Oklahoma."

    • April 9, 1952 Popular uprising in Bolivia

    • April 9, 1952 Pres Truman seizes the steel mills to prevent a strike

    • April 9, 1953 """TV Guide"" publishes first issue"

    • April 9, 1953 "Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax"

    • April 9, 1954 """By the Beautiful Sea"" opens at the Majestic Theater on Broadway"

    • April 9, 1957 Suez Canal cleared for all shipping

    • April 9, 1959 "Mercury program: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, which the news media quickly dub the ""Mercury Seven""."

    • April 9, 1959 "Selection of first 7 Mercury astronauts, include 4 naval aviators"

    • April 9, 1961 "British liner ""Dara"" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236"

    • April 9, 1962 CPR employees at Royal York Hotel in Toronto end 11-month strike.

    • April 9, 1962 JFK throws out first ball at Washington's new DC Stadium

    • April 9, 1963 Winston Churchill becomes first honorary US citizen (posthumously)

    • April 9, 1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched

    • April 9, 1965 "Beatles ""Ticket to Ride"" is released in UK"

    • April 9, 1966 Anaheim Stadium for the Calif Angels opens

    • April 9, 1966 "OAO 1, the first orbiting astronomical observatory, launched"

    • April 9, 1967 First Boeing 737 rolls out

    • April 9, 1967 Shortwave broadcaster Radio NY Worldwide's transmitter burns down

    • April 9, 1967 The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) takes its maiden flight.

    • April 9, 1968 "Martin Luther King Jr, buried"

    • April 9, 1968 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect

    • April 9, 1968 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference

    • April 9, 1969 "The ""Chicago Eight"" plead not guilty on federal charges of conspiracy to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois."

    • April 9, 1970 Paul McCartney announces official split of the Beatles

    • April 9, 1970 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court

    • April 9, 1971 "Ringo releases ""It Don't Come Easy"" in UK"

    • April 9, 1973 "Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme"

    • April 9, 1973 "Pablo Picasso artist, dies near Mougins, France, at 91"

    • April 9, 1974 Discovery Island opens

    • April 9, 1974 "Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaks Babe Ruth's record"

    • April 9, 1975 "Frank Robinson first black baseball mgr (Cleveland, beats NY 5-3)"

    • April 9, 1975 "The first game of the Philippine Basketball Association, the second oldest professional basketball league in the world."

    • April 9, 1976 In Ecuador a 6.7 earthquake killed 8 and injured 46 in Esmeraldas area.

    • April 9, 1976 "Phil Ochs rock producer, dies"

    • April 9, 1976 US and Russia agreed on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use

    • April 9, 1977 "Frank Milan actor (The Witness), dies at 71"

    • April 9, 1978 W Liller discovers asteroid #2449

    • April 9, 1979 "204th & final episode of ""All in the Family"""

    • April 9, 1980 Israeli troops move into Lebanon

    • April 9, 1980 Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6

    • April 9, 1981 "Gen Omar Bradley last 5-star general, dies in NY at 88"

    • April 9, 1981 Scott Gwartz was born

    • April 9, 1981 US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru

    • April 9, 1983 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth

    • April 9, 1983 Number one hit on UK music charts - David Bowie - Let's Dance

    • April 9, 1984 "DOJ announced charges in the ""Pizza Connection"" case. FBI Agents and Italian law enforcement officials documented international connections between American and Italian organized crime groups in a large heroin distribution ring. Eighteen men were convicted including five organized crime family leaders."

    • April 9, 1985 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster

    • April 9, 1985 "Near Coast of Central Chile a 7.5 quake occurred one person died from a heart attack, several people injured"

    • April 9, 1986 """Dallas"" announces it will revive the killed Bobby Ewing character"

    • April 9, 1986 "Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California"

    • April 9, 1987 "Francis C Denebrink US Naval officer who participated in (WW I, WW II, and Korea dies at 90"

    • April 9, 1987 Supreme Court of Canada rules that the right to strike is not guaranteed by the constitution

    • April 9, 1988 Number one hit on UK music charts - Pet Shop Boys - Heart

    • April 9, 1988 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama

    • April 9, 1989 Entertainment Tonights Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman

    • April 9, 1989 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

    • April 9, 1990 """Twin Peaks"" with Peggy Lipton premiers on ABC-TV"

    • April 9, 1990 "Ryan White hemophiliac aids sufferer, dies at 18. The Ryan White Foundation was founded later in 1991 by Jeanne White and Phil Donahue"

    • April 9, 1991 Date of Microsoft MS DOS 5.0 (Windows was gaining popularity)

    • April 9, 1991 Georgia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

    • April 9, 1991 Georgia SSR votes to seceede from the USSR

    • April 9, 1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas

    • April 9, 1991 Oakland A's stadium becomes first outdoor arena to ban smoking

    • April 9, 1992 """Redwood Curtain"" opens at Neiderlander theater on Broadway"

    • April 9, 1992 "After 151 years Britain's ""Punch Magazine"" final issue"

    • April 9, 1992 John Major's Conservative Party wins an unprecedented fourth general election victory in the United Kingdom.

    • April 9, 1992 "John Majors, (C) elected PM of England"

    • April 9, 1992 Noriega convicted on 8 of 10 drug and racketeering charges

    • April 9, 1992 US Federal Court finds former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty on drug and racketeering charges. He is sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    • April 9, 1999 "Ibrahim Bar Manassara, President of Niger, is assassinated."

    • April 9, 2003 "2003 invasion of Iraq: Baghdad, Iraq falls to American forces."

    • April 9, 2005 "HRH Charles, Prince of Wales weds Camilla Parker Bowles."







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