Today in history (Apr. 9)

Today In History
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Today is Saturday, April 9, the 99th day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2013, Joplin City Officials looked at constructing affordable storm shelters out of recycled plastics.
  • In 2014, the Joplin Police Department added an “M-RAPS” vehicle. The vehicle cost $700,000, but it was donated to the city for free.
  • In 2015, more than 700 Boy Scouts gathered in Diamond for a 1840’s-style-trading-rendezvous.

World news

  • In 1413, the coronation of England’s King Henry V took place in Westminster Abbey.
  • In 1959, NASA announced its first seven astronauts died in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • In 2020, the government reported that 6.6 million people had sought unemployment benefits in the preceding week, bringing the total to 16.8 million.


  • In 1962, “West Side Story” won the Academy Award for best picture.
  • In 1992, Amy Grant won the Artist of the Year award at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.
  • In 2021, rapper DMX died in a hospital in White Plains, New York, a week after he was admitted for cardiac arrest. He was 50.


  • In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
  • In 2012, A Florida special prosecutor said a grand jury would not look into the Trayvon Martin case, leaving the decision of whether to charge the teen’s shooter in her hands alone.
  • In 2020, The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones, telling him to stop pitching bogus remedies for the coronavirus.


Satirical songwriter and mathematician Tom Lehrer is 94. Actor Michael Learned is 83. Country singer Margo Smith is 80. Actor Dennis Quaid is 68. Comedian Jimmy Tingle is 67. Country musician Dave Innis (Restless Heart) is 63. Talk show host Joe Scarborough is 59. Actor-sports reporter Lisa Guerrero is 58. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is 58. Actor Mark Pellegrino is 57. Actor-model Paulina Porizkova is 57. Actor Cynthia Nixon is 56. Rock singer Kevin Martin (Candlebox) is 53. TV personality Sunny Anderson is 47. Rock singer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) is 45. Actor Keshia Knight Pulliam is 43. Rock musician Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) is 42. Actor Charlie Hunnam is 42. Actor Ryan Northcott is 42. Actor Arlen Escarpeta is 41. Actor Jay Baruchel is 40. Actor Annie Funke is 37. Actor Jordan Masterson is 36. Actor Leighton Meester is 36. Actor-singer Jesse McCartney is 35. R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan is 35. Actor Kristen Stewart is 32. Actor Elle Fanning is 24. Rapper Lil Nas X is 23. Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright is 23. Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho (ee-VAYN’-koh) is 22.

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