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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2019. 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 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.

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

— In 1930, Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.

— In 1940, rock 'n' roll legend John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. (On this date in 1975, his son, Sean, was born in New York.)

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

— In 2001, letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy; the letters later tested positive for anthrax.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Five years ago: French novelist Patrick Modiano was named the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature.

One year ago: Police at the Orlando, Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a flight to Cleveland after she was found carrying a squirrel she had described as an emotional support animal.

Today's Birthdays: Retired MLB All-Star Joe Pepitone is 79. Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., is 78. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nona Hendryx is 75. Singer Jackson Browne is 71. Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is 69. Actor Tony Shalhoub is 66. Actor Scott Bakula is 65. Jazz musician Kenny Garrett is 59. Country singer Gary Bennett is 55. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is 53. Movie director Steve McQueen (Film: "12 Years a Slave") is 50. World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is 49. Rock singer Sean Lennon is 44. Actor Randy Spelling is 41. Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae is 40. Actress Spencer Grammer is 36. Actor Jharrel Jerome is 22.

Thought for Today: "I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated." — Al McGuire, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1928-2001).

 

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