Today in History: April 9

Today in History: April 9

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0193

In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Severus is proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum.

0715

Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

1241

In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeat Poles and Germans.

1454

The city states of Venice, Milan and Florence sign a peace agreement at Lodi, Italy.

1682

Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France.

1731

British Captain Robert Jenkins loses an ear to a band of Spanish brigands, starting a war between Britain and Spain: The War of Jenkins' Ear.

1770

Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay on the Australian continent.

1859

Realizing that France has encouraged the Piedmontese forces to mobilize for invading Italy, Austria begins mobilizing its army.

1865

General Robert E. Lee surrenders his rebel forces to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.

1900

British forces route Boers at Kroonstadt, South Africa.

1916

The German army launches its third offensive during the Battle of Verdun.

1917

The Battle of Arras begins as Canadian troops begin a massive assault on Vimy Ridge.

1921

Russo-Polish conflict ends with signing of the Riga Treaty.

1940

Germany invades Norway and Denmark.

1942

In the Battle of Bataan, American and Filipino forces are overwhelmed by the Japanese Army.

1945

The Red Army is repulsed at the Seelow Heights on the outskirts of Berlin.

1950

Comedian Bob Hope makes his first television appearance.

1963

Winston Churchill becomes the first honorary U.S. citizen.

1966

The statue of Winston Churchill is dedicated at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

1968

Murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., is buried.

1970

Paul McCartney announces the official break-up of the Beatles.