On this day: April 9

Published: Apr 06 2013 01:22:11 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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.

OTD April 9 - The Lion King
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2012: The stage musical "The Lion King" becomes the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, overtaking "Phantom of the Opera," with $853.8 million in box office earnings.

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  • Douglas MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines, 1944, World War II

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    Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, Nixon sets off the "Saturday Night Massacre," Jackie Kennedy remarries, the Sydney Opera House opens, tragedy strikes Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Muammar Gaddafi is killed, all on this day.