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 - Battle of Yorktown
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1781: The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War begins in Yorktown, Va. The American forces, led by George Washington, would eventually defeat the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.