spotlight Today In History, April 9: Martin Luther King Jr. Apr 9, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Tuesday, April 9.Today's Highlight in History: 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. On April 9, 1968, funeral services, private and public, were held for Martin Luther King Jr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Morehouse College in Atlanta, five days after the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. AP 1865: Appomattox Court House In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. AP 1913: Ebbets Field In 1913, the first game was played at Ebbets Field, the newly built home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0. AP 1939: Marian Anderson In 1939, singer Marian Anderson performed a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. AP 1942: Bataan Death March In 1942, during World War II, some 75,000 Philippine and American defenders on Bataan surrendered to Japanese troops, who forced the prisoners into what became known as the Bataan Death March; thousands died or were killed en route. AP 1959: Frank Lloyd Wright In 1959, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 91, died in Phoenix, Arizona. AP 1959: NASA Astronauts In 1959, NASA presented its first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton. AP 1965: Astrodome In 1965, the newly built Astrodome in Houston featured its first baseball game, an exhibition between the Astros and the New York Yankees, with President Lyndon B. Johnson in attendance. (The Astros won, 2-1, in 12 innings.) AP 1979: Three Mile Island In 1979, officials declared an end to the crisis involving the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear reactor in Pennsylvania, 12 days after a partial core meltdown. AP 1983: Space Shuttle Challenger In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mission with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. AP 1984: Academy Awards In 1984, "Terms of Endearment" won five Academy Awards, including best picture, best actress for Shirley MacLaine and best supporting actor for Jack Nicholson. AP 1992: Manuel Noriega In 1992, former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges; he served a 17-year U.S. prison sentence. AP 2003: Baghdad In 2003, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators. AP 2009: Kim Jong Il Ten years ago: North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament appointed Kim Jong Il to a third term as leader. AP 2009: Nick Adenhart Ten years ago: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, and two others were killed in a car crash by a suspected drunken driver. (Andrew Thomas Gallo was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.) AP 2014: Fort Hood, Texas Five years ago: President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, visited Fort Hood, Texas, the scene of a shooting a week earlier in which three U.S. Army soldiers were killed by a fellow soldier who then took his own life. AP 2014: Franklin Regional High School Five years ago: A 16-year-old boy armed with two knives went on a rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, stabbing 20 students and a security guard (all of whom survived). AP 2018: Bill Cosby One year ago: Opening statements began in the retrial of Bill Cosby, charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home. (Cosby was convicted and sentenced to three to 10 years in prison.) AP 2018: Facebook Cambridge Analytica One year ago: Facebook began alerting some users that their data had been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. AP 2018: Lindsey Buckingham One year ago: Fleetwood Mac announced that singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham would not be part of the band's new tour. (The tour began in October with Mike Campbell and Neil Finn replacing Buckingham.) AP 2018: Michael Cohen One year ago: Federal agents raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, seizing records on matters including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels. AP 2018: Trump Russia Probe One year ago: Trump denounced Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as "an attack on our country," prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel. 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