On this day: October 9

POSTED: 8:58 PM Oct 08 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Oct 09 2014

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 - The French Connection
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20th Century Fox

1971: The crime drama "The French Connection," starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider and directed by William Friedkin, premieres in theaters. The movie would go on to become the first R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA film rating system. It also would win Academy Awards for Best Actor (Hackman), Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay and be nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Scheider), Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

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