By The Associated Press
Today’s highlight in the story:
On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
To this date :
In 1413, the coronation of King Henry V of England took place at Westminster Abbey.
In 1939, Marian Anderson gave a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, after the black singer was denied use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1940, during World War II, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.
In 1942, during World War II, some 75,000 Filipino and American defenders of Bataan surrendered to Japanese troops, who forced the prisoners to participate in what became known as the Bataan Death March; thousands died or were killed along the way.
In 1959, NASA introduced its first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 91, has died in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1968, funerals, private and public, were held for Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Morehouse College in Atlanta, five days after the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1979, authorities declared an end to the crisis involving the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania, 12 days after a partial core meltdown.
In 1996, in a dramatic shift in the power of the stock market, President Bill Clinton signed a veto bill into law. (However, the United States Supreme Court overturned the veto in 1998.)
In 2003, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, decapitating a toppled statue of their longtime leader in downtown Baghdad and embracing US troops as liberators.
In 2005, Britain’s Prince Charles married his longtime love, Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.
In 2009, the mockumentary “Parks and Recreation” with Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari debuted on NBC in the United States.
In 2010, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement. (Her post was filled by Elena Kagan.)
In 2020, the government reported that 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week, bringing the total to 16.8 million in the three weeks following the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak. . The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones, telling him to stop offering bogus cures for the coronavirus.
Ten years ago: A Florida special prosecutor said a grand jury would not consider Trayvon Martin’s case, leaving the decision whether or not to indict the teenager’s shooter in his hands alone. (Prosecutor Angela Corey ended up filing second-degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, who pleaded not guilty, citing self-defense; Zimmerman was acquitted at trial.)
Five years ago: Suicide bombers struck two Coptic churches in northern Egypt hours apart, killing 43 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage. Dr. David Dao, a passenger on a United Express flight about to depart for Louisville, Kentucky, was dragged off the plane by security guards at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make room four airline employees; the incident was captured on video that went viral. (United reached an agreement with Dao.) Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death Masters qualifier for his first major.
A year ago: Britain’s Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died aged 99; he was Britain’s oldest consort. Hip-hop icon DMX died at a hospital in White Plains, New York, days after suffering what authorities called catastrophic cardiac arrest; the Grammy-nominated rapper and actor was 50. Former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark has died in New York at the age of 93. A trio of Russian and American space travelers successfully took off from Kazakhstan and reached the International Space Station. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed a partial ban on no-knock warrants a year after the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. The National Labor Relations Board said workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama voted against forming a union. San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in team history, a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Today’s birthdays: Songwriter and satirical mathematician Tom Lehrer turns 94. Actor Michael Learned is 83 years old. Country singer Margo Smith is 80 years old. Actor Dennis Quaid is 68 years old. Comedian Jimmy Tingle is 67. Country musician Dave Innis (Restless Heart) is 63. host Joe Scarborough is 59. Actress-sports journalist Lisa Guerrero is 58 years old. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is 58. Actor Mark Pellegrino is 57 years old. is 53 years old. TV personality Sunny Anderson is 47.
Rock singer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) is 45. Actor Keshia Knight Pulliam is 43 years old. Rock musician Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) is 42 years old. Actor Charlie Hunnam is 42 years old. Actor Ryan Northcott is 42 years old. Actor Arlen Escarpeta is 41 years old. Actor Jay Baruchel is 40 years old. Actor Annie Funke is 37 years old. Actor Jordan Masterson is 36 years old. Actor Leighton Meester is 36 years old. Actor-singer Jesse McCartney is 35 years old. R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan is 35. Actress Kristen Stewart is 32 years old. Actress Elle Fanning is 24 years old. Rapper Lil Nas X is 23 years old. Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright is 23 years old. Classic crossover singer Jackie Evancho (ee-VAYN’-koh) is 22 years old.