October 9

1635

Religious dissident and Rhode Island founder, Roger Williams, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1888

For the first time the public was admitted to the Washington Monument.

1930

Aviator Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a solo transcontinental flight across the United States.

1967

Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia.

1975

Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the nuclear arms race.

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