• On April 5, 1614, Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace between the settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years.
• On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. The two generals met in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home at 1 p.m. Grant arrived in his muddy field uniform, while Lee turned out in full dress attire, complete with sash and sword.
• On April 10, 1906, O. Henry’s second short story collection, “The Four Million,” is published. It includes one of his most beloved stories, “The Gift of the Magi,” about a poor but devoted couple who each sacrifice their most valuable possession to buy a gift for the other.
• On April 6, 1968, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” debuts in theaters. The film went on to win an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Today it is regarded as one of the defining films of the 20th century.
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