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This Day in History for April 9 – Hussein’s Statue Falls and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1865 – Robert E. Lee surrenders his army to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War (More info)

1959 – NASA announces its first seven astronauts, later dubbed the “Mercury Seven” (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for April 9 – Hugh Hefner, Kristen Stewart and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Hugh Hefner
Age: 86
Occupation: Publisher, Entrepreneur, and Subject of Male Envy
Known For: Founding Playboy Enterprises, starting Playboy magazine and its associated nightclubs, his public support of gay rights and animal rights, and pretty much always having a few siliconed young ladies as his “girlfriends”

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Mets Are In 1st Place…I’ll Enjoy It While I Can!

Opening Day at CitiField resuted in a 1-0 Mets win over the Atlanta Braves. The Mets are in first place! I say that now because this will likely be the only time I’ll be able to say it all season long. For all you Yankees and Phillies fans out there, let me have my day. You guys will have all season to be in or close to first place. I have today.

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Long Branch’s Sam Mills Honored on New NFL Jersey

An inspirational message from Jersey Shore native Sam Mills will be sewn into the collar of the Carolina Panthers jerseys next year.

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Celebrity Birthdays for April 5 – Colin Powell, Pharrell Williams and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Colin Powell
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired Statesman and Army General
Known For: Serving as National Security Advisor, Commander of the US Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, being the 65th United States Secretary of State and the first African-American to hold the position, and going against the GOP establishment by supporting Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign

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This Day in History for April 5 – Kurt Cobain Commits Suicide and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1792 – President George Washington casts the first presidential veto (More info)

1922 – The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated (More info)

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This Day in History for April 4 – MLK Assassinated and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1818 – The US Congress adopts a flag with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (More info)

1841 – President William Henry Harrison dies from pneumonia just one month after his inauguration (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for April 4 – Maya Angelou, Robert Downey, Jr. and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Dr. Maya Angelou
Age: 84
Occupation: Author and Poet
Known For: Being one of the most celebrated writers of her generation with dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees, penning classic works like ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ reciting her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and racking up far more accomplishments than we could possibly list here

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Celebrity Birthdays for April 3 – Alec Baldwin, Eddie Murphy and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Alec Baldwin
Age: 54
Occupation: Actor
Known For: His Academy Award-nominated role in ‘The Cooler,’ appearing in other movies including ‘The Hunt for Red October,’ ‘The Aviator’ and ‘The Departed,’ winning two Emmys for his starring role on ’30 Rock,’ his former marriage to Kim Basinger, and being perhaps the world’s most staunchly ardent fan of ‘Words With Friends’

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This Day in History for April 3 – Pony Express Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1860 – The first successful United States Pony Express run begins (More info)

1882 – Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford, one of his own gang members (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for April 2 – Emmylou Harris, Christopher Meloni and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Emmylou Harris
Age: 65
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter and Musician
Known For: Winning 12 Grammys during her legendary country/bluegrass career, which includes the No. 1 singles ‘Together Again,’ ‘Beneath Still Waters’ and ‘(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date,’ the soundtrack to ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and her best-selling collaborative album with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, ‘Trio,’ and writing and working with dozens of other musicians

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This Day in History for April 2 – Pope John Paul II Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida (More info)

1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asks the US Congress for a declaration of war on Germany (More info)

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