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 - Aileen Wuornos
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2002: Serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who killed seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990, is executed via lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County, Florida. She was the 10th woman in the United States to be executed since the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment in 1976, and the second woman ever executed in Florida. Wuornos had claimed that all the killings were committed in self defense, saying that her victims had either raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. Her life got more attention a year after her execution with the release of the movie "Monster," with Charlize Theron winning an Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying Wuornos.

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