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9th April

1731 Robert Jenkins's ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s Ear between Spain and England.

1806 * Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English engineer who built the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

1865 General Robert Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant during the American Civil War.

1914 The first full-colour film, The World, The Flesh and the Devil, was shown in London.

1933 * Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor who starred in the film Breathless (1960).

1940 The German invasion of Norway and Denmark began.

1954 * Dennis Quaid, US film actor.

1957 * Sevériano Ballesteros, Spanish golfer who won the US Masters aged 23.

1963 Winston Churchill became the first honorary US citizen.

1966 Italian actress Sophia Loren married Carlo Ponti who was still married at the time in Italy.

1969 Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton have won the right to wear turbans on duty after a long-running campaign.

1970 Paul McCartney issued a High Court writ dissolving the Beatles business partnership.

1976 The president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, was acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays bank.

1984 About 100 pickets are arrested during violent clashes with police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

1992 Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug and racketeering charges.

1999 The president of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, was shot dead in an apparent coup attempt.

2003 American Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad after US commanders declared his rule ended.

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