On this day: October 9

POSTED: 10:58 PM Oct 08 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Oct 09 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 - SR-71 Blackbird
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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Haggerty

1999: The SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft flies for the last time. The plane had been permanently retired by the U.S. Air Force in 1998, leaving NASA with the two last flyable Blackbirds until 1999.

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