April 9

April 09

Independence Day
Georgia : April 9 1991

April 9
Martyrs' Day (Tunisia)
Day of National Unity (Georgia)
Day of the Finnish Language (Finland)
Day of Valour, also known as the "Bataan Day" (the Philippines)
Occupation of Denmark (Denmark)
Vimy Ridge Day, commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Canada)
World Konkani Day (Goa)

Events
1682 – Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
1782 – American War of Independence: Battle of the Saintes begins.
1860 – On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice.
1945 – The United States Atomic Energy Commission is formed.
1947 – The Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes kill 181 and injure 970 in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
1957 – The Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping.
1959 – Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".
1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.
1968 – Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1969 – The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.
1981 – The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington (SSBN-598) accidentally collides with the Nissho Maru, a Japanese cargo ship, sinking it.
2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: Baghdad falls to American forces;Saddam Hussein statue topples as Iraqis turn on symbols of their former leader, pulling down the statue and tearing it to pieces.

 

 

 

 

 



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