April 9: today in history (from Wikipeda)
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." What was the point of it all? Northerners STILL hate the South. Maybe peaceful separation would have been the best?
1959 – Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven". Let's see if I remember from the book The Right Stuff:" Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter. Damn I'm good!
1965 – "Astrodome opens. First indoor baseball game is played." Many an old athlete can barely walk now thanks to that AstroTurf.
Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)
"Sex is the driving force on the planet. We should embrace it, not see it as the enemy." Hugh Hefner (born April 9, 1926)
"Political satire became obsolete when they awarded Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize." - Tom Lehrer (born April 9, 1928)
"Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss." - Nathaniel Branden (born April 9, 1930)
Song of the Day
Paul Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) had one of the great voices ever. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.