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This day in history

Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the 283d day of 2012. There are 83 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is 71. R&B singer Nona Hendryx is 68. Singer Jackson Browne is 64. Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary is 54. Director Guillermo del Toro is 48. British Prime Minister David Cameron is 46. Singer P.J. Harvey is 43. Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is 42.

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In 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.

In 1910, a coal dust explosion at the Starkville Mine in Colorado left 56 miners dead.

In 1940, rock ’n’ roll legend John Lennon was born in Liverpool.

In 1958, Pope Pius XII died at age 82. (He was succeeded by Pope John XXIII.)

In 1967, Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara was killed by the Bolivian army a day after he was captured while attempting to incite revolution.

In 1974, Oskar Schindler, credited with saving 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, died in Frankfurt (at his request, he was buried in Jerusalem).

In 1987, author, politician, and diplomat Clare Boothe Luce died in Washington at age 84.

In 2002, a man was shot to death at a gas station near Manassas, Va., in the latest sniper shooting in the Washington, D.C., area. Aileen Wuornos, who killed six men along Florida’s highways in 1989 and 1990, was executed.

In 2011, Sir Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell in London.

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