On this day: October 9

Published On: Oct 08 2012 10:58:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Washington Monument opens to the public, John Lennon is born, Che Guevara is executed, and President Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize, all on this day.

OTD October 9 - John Lennon
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1940: Musician and singer-songwriter John Lennon, who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, is born in Liverpool, England. He also went on to a solo career that produced such iconic songs as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine" before his murder in December 1980.

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