09 April 2012

Timeline April 9

April 9
1682  French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River.
1806  Isambard Brunel, English engineer, who designed the first transatlantic steamer, was born.
1865  Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
1917  Start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in WW I. This battle continued until the 12th.
1917  Ellis Wellwood Sifton of Ontario was killed in the attack on Vimy Ridge. For his bravery on that day at Neuville-St-Vaast, France, he received the Victoria Cross posthumously.
2005  Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.

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