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.
1940: Musician and singer-songwriter John Lennon, who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, is born in Liverpool, England. He also went on to a solo career that produced such iconic songs as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine" before his murder in December 1980.
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