On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

Ten years ago

The White House sought to dampen the idea of a military strike on Iran, saying the United States was conducting “normal defense and intelligence planning” in response to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. More than half a million people in 10 states rallied for immigrant rights. Phil Mickelson won his second Masters tournament.

Five years ago

A man armed with several weapons opened fire in a crowded shopping mall in the Netherlands, killing six people before committing suicide. Minnesota Duluth won a 3-2 victory over Michigan in the NCAA men’s ice hockey championship game, the first national title for the Bulldogs.

One year ago

President Barack Obama briefly visited Jamaica, where he met with Caribbean leaders and spoke at a town hall of young leaders; the president then flew to Panama City for a summit of Western Hemisphere nations and a historic encounter with Cuban President Raul Castro. Canadian-born filmmaker Paul Almond, 83, died in Los Angeles.

— By The Associated Press