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”.
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
1898 Paul Robeson
American singer, actor, activist
Deaths On This Day – April 9
2011 Sidney Lumet
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