Today in History, April 9: American Civil War ends

Highlights of this day in history: American Civil War effectively ends; Iraq celebrates collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime;NASA announces first seven astronauts dubbed the Mercury Seven; Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial; Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles. (April 9)

Famous Birthdays:

  • 1932 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1932 Jim Fowler, naturalist (Wild Kingdom), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1932 Cheeta, chimpanzee actor
  • 1933 Jacques Molicard, translator/navigator
  • 1934 Bill Birch, New Zealand politician
  • 1935 Aulis Sallinen, composer
  • 1936 Jerzy Maksymiuk, composer
  • 1937 Barrington J[ohn] Bayley, UK, sci-fi author (Collision Course)
  • 1938 Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician
  • 1939 Michael Learned, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1941 Hannah Gordon, actress (Oh Alfie)
  • 1942 Brandon De Wilde, American actor (Jamie, Wild in the Sky), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Terry Knight, rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Gus Hardin, [Carol Ann Blankenship], country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1946 Philip Wright, rocker (Paper Lace)
  • 1948 Jaya Bachchan, Indian actress
  • 1949 Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na)
  • 1950 Nathan Cook, actor (Milton-White Shadow, Billy-Hotel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim
  • 1953 Hal Ketchum, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1954 Dennis Quaid, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1955 Joolz Denby, English poet and novelist
  • 1956 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer
  • 1957 Ednita Nazario, Ponce PR, spanish singer
  • 1963 Joe Scarborough, American television personality
  • 1963 Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer (Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Shane Robinson, Adelaide SA, Australian golfer
  • 1965 Paulina Porizkova, Prostejov Czech, model (Playboy-Aug 87)
  • 1965 Mark Pellegrino, American actor1966 Cynthia Nixon, American actress (Addams Family Values, Pelican Brief), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Oliver Barnett, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1967 Graeme Lloyd, Australia, pitcher (NY Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1968 Janne Ojanen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • 1969 Timothy Young, rower (Olympics-silver-1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Olaf Kolzig, NHL goalie (Team Germany, Washington), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970 Mike Barz, American meteorologist and TV anchor
  • 1971 Jacques Villeneuve, French-Canadian race car driver
  • 1972 Jeffrey van As, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1973 Spenny Rice, Canadian Entertainer
  • 1974 Kevin Mathis, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1974 Alexander Pichushkin, Russian serial killer
  • 1975 David Gordon Green, American filmmaker
  • 1977 Gerard Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • 1978 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • 1979 Keith Nobbs, American actor
  • 1980 Clueso, German singer, rapper, songwriter and producer
  • 1982 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984 Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player
  • 1985 Yamashita Tomohisa, Japanese singer News
  • 1986 Leighton Meester, American actress
  • 1987 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer
  • 1990 Kristen Stewart, American actress (Bella Swan-The Twilight Saga), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1998 Elle Fanning, American Actress
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