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.

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1986: The musical "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber opens at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End. The musical, which would premiere on Broadway in 1988, won the 1986 Olivier Award and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical. It is the longest-running Broadway show by a wide margin and the second longest-running West End musical.