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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    Woody Woodpecker makes his debut, the "Hollywood Ten" are blacklisted, JFK is buried, The Band performs its "Last Waltz," and a British supergroup sings for Ethiopia, all on this day.