A closer look at key historic events that took place on April 9:

In 2003, Baghdad falls to U.S.-led forces
The resistance in Baghdad collapsed after several weeks of US bombardment. The Iraq War begun after the US accused Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, of possessing weapons of mass destruction.

An armed Iraqi passes a burning car after an air strike in Baghdad March 26, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

In 2005, Charles, prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker Bowles.
King Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had an extramarital affair while Charles was still married to Princess Diana. Their relationship reportedly began before Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana in 1981 and continued throughout their marriage. It widely publicized and became a subject of intense media scrutiny during that time.

The Prince of Wales and his bride Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, at front centre, with the Duke of Edinburh (front right) with other members of the Royal Family as they leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Saturday, 09 April 2005, following the church blessing of their civil wedding ceremony. EPA/Alastair Grant

In 1963, Sir Winston Churchill gets a US citizenship
In an act of Congress, this recognition was bestowed upon Churchill in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy for his leadership during World War II and his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

A September 1954 file photo of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill

In 1865, the American Civil War comes to an end
Confederate General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. He signed a treaty of surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War.

Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia Gen. Robert E. Lee. National Parks Gallery

In 1682, claimed all the lands drained by the Mississippi for France

René-Robert Cavelier, sieur (lord) de La Salle, was a French explorer that sailed to North America down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. He claimed all the region watered by the latter and named it Louisiana in honor of Louis XIV of France.

Cavelier de la Salle

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