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On this day: October 9

POSTED: 07:58 PM PDT Oct 08, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 08, 2013 

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 - St Paul's Cathedral
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1940: During a nighttime air raid by the German Luftwaffe during World War II, the dome of London's St. Paul's Cathedral is pierced by a Nazi bomb, leaving the high altar in ruin. It was one of the few occasions that the 17th-century cathedral would suffer significant damage during Germany's nearly ceaseless bombing raids on London in the fall of 1940 and the cathedral would survive the war largely intact.

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