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On this day in history - April 9

What Happened On This Day – April 9

  • 2005 Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles

    Charles was formerly married to Diana, Princess of Wales. His second marriage to Camilla made him the first member of the British Royal Family to have a civil wedding.

  • 1967 The first Boeing 737 takes off on its maiden flight

    The short-to-medium range plane is the best-selling airplane in history.

  • 1952 The Bolivian National Revolution overthrows Hugo Ballivián's government

    The nationalist movement initiated radical reforms, including universal suffrage, the nationalization of tin mines, and the inclusion of previously marginalized ethnicities into national life.

  • 1940 Germany invades Denmark and Norway

    The rationale of Operation Weserübung was to secure access to Swedish iron ore. In Norway, a resistance group around Max Manus and Gunnar Sønsteby successfully sabotaged the German war effort.

  • 1860 The world's first recording of the human voice is created

    French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville used his phonautograph, the earliest known sound recording device, to capture himself singing the French folk song “Au clair de la lune”.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
April 9

  • 1975 Robbie Fowler

    English footballer, manager

  • 1971 Jacques Villeneuve

    Canadian race car driver

  • 1954 Iain Duncan Smith

    Scottish captain, politician

  • 1945 Steve Gadd

    American drummer

  • 1898 Paul Robeson

    American singer, actor, activist

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
April 9

  • 2011 Sidney Lumet

    American director

  • 2005 Andrea Dworkin

    American activist, author

  • 1976 Phil Ochs

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright

    American architect, designed the Price Tower, Fallingwater

  • 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    German pastor, theologian