On This Day: April 9th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 9th:

1768- John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies

1865- Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant ending the Civil War in North Virginia

1682- Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1784- Great Britain ratifies the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ending the Revolutionary War

1816- African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Philadelphia)

1833- 1st US tax-supported public library in Peterborough, New Hampshire

1866- Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson’s veto

1896- Australian athlete edwin flack claims the middle distance double at the Athens Olympics winning the 800m final in 2:11.0; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 1500m

1914- US President W Wilson refuses to recognize Huerta as President of Mexico on the ground that he has not been elected by the people

1923- In ‘Adkins vs Children’s Hospital’, the US Supreme Court finds that the minimum wage law for women and children, adopted by the District of Columbia, is unconstitutional

1925- Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

1939- Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

My source and more facts at On This Day

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