ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ April 9
1912 - Titanic leaves Queenstown Ireland for NY
1914 - "World, the Flesh & the Devil," 1st color film, shown in London
1926 - Hugh Hefner, [Marston], Chicagp, magazine publisher (Playboy) is born.
1928 - Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"
1932 - Carl Perkins, Jackson Tn, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes) is born.
1932 - Jim Fowler, Albany Ga, naturalist (Wild Kingdom) is born.
1932 - Paul Krassner, comic strip cartoonist (MAD Magazine)/founder (Yippies) is born.
1938 - Snow White and Dopey appear on the cover of this day's issue of Liberty magazine.
1939 - Michael Learned, Wash DC, actress (Olivia-Waltons, Nurse) is born.
1940 - Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
1945 - NFL requires players to wear long stockings
1949 - Chico Ryan, rock vocalist (Sha Na Na) is born.
1950 - 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win
1950 - Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance
1953 - Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.
1953 - Hal Ketchum, Greenwich NY, country singer (Small Town Saturday Night) is born.
1954 - Dennis Quaid, Houston TX, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff) is born.
1959 - NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
1959 - Frank Lloyd Wright, US architect (Guggenheim Museum NY), dies at 89
1962 - 34th Academy Awards - "West Side Story," Sophia Loren & Max Schell win
1962 - JFK throws out 1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium
1965 - Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK
1965 - 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun
1965 - Bruce Johnston joins the Beach Boys.
1966 - Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens
1966 - Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" is released.
1967 - The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta
1969 - 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
1970 - Paul McCartney announces official split of Beatles
1971 - Ringo releases "It Don't Come Easy" in UK
1973 - Paul McCartney releases the song "My Love."
1976 - Phil Ochs commits suicide at the age of 35.
1977 - Shaun Cassidy performs "Da Doo Ron Ron" on "American Bandstand."
1979 - 51st Academy Awards - "Deer Hunter," Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win
1979 - Longest doubles ping-pong match of 101 hrs, begins
1981 - The Sam Goody record chain and a top company executive are convicted of trafficking pirated tapes.
1984 - 56th Academy Awards - "Terms of Endearment," R Duvall & S Maclaine win
1986 - "Dallas" announces it will revive killed Bobby Ewing character
1989 - Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car
1990 - Kristen Stewart, Los Angeles, California, American actress (Bella Swan-The Twilight Saga) is born.
1990 - "Capital News" starring Lloyd Bridges premieres on ABC-TV
1992 - Noriega convicted on 8 of 10 drug & racketeering charges
1998 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awards Michael Jackson $2.7 million in damages in a defamation-of-character suit against Victor Gutierrez of the TV show Hard Copy.
2002 - The funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey.
2003 - Baghdad falls to U.S. forces
2012 - The Lion King becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking The Phantom of the Opera