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 - Vajont Dam
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USGS Landslide Photo Collection

1963: In northeast Italy, more than 2,000 people are killed when a large landslide behind the Vajont Dam causes a giant wave of water to overtop it. This picture shows the village of Longarone below the dam after the wave had passed through.

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