Today in History, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017


Today is Monday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2017. There are 83 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 9, 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara, 39, was summarily executed by the Bolivian army a day after his capture.

On this date:

In 768, Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned kings of the Franks.

In 1264, the Kingdom of Castile conquers the city of Jerez, which had been under Muslim occupation since 711.

In 1410, the first known mention of the Prague astronomical clock is made.

In 1514, Mary Tudor, the 18-year-old sister of Henry VIII, became Queen consort of France upon her marriage to 52-year-old King Louis XII, who died less than three months later.

In 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.

In 1914, the Belgian city of Antwerp fell to German forces during World War I.

In 1963, in northeast Italy, over 2,000 people are killed when a large landslide behind the Vajont Dam causes a giant wave of water to overtop it.

In 1970, the Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II shakes hands with the Dalai Lama during a private audience in Vatican City.

In 2009, President Barack Obama was named the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actress-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 65. Musician James Fearnley (The Pogues) is 63. Movie director Guillermo del Toro is 53. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is 51. Singer P.J. Harvey is 48. Movie director Steve McQueen (Film: “12 Years a Slave”) is 48. World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is 47. Actress Cocoa Brown is 45.

Thought for Today: “The world is divided into people who think they are right.” — Author unknown.