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.
1701: The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) is chartered in Old Saybrook, Conn. Pictured is the charter, titled "An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School," passed by the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut.
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