On this day: October 9

Published On: Oct 08 2012 10:58:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2014 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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1954: Actor Scott Bakula, best known for playing the time-jumping Sam Beckett on the sci-fi TV show "Quantum Leap," as well as for his roles on "Star Trek: Enterprise" and "Men of a Certain Age," is born in St. Louis, Missouri.