spotlight Today in history: Oct. 9 Oct 9, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1930: Laura Ingalls 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. EARL SHUGARS 1936: Hoover Dam In 1936, the first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1940: John Lennon In 1940, rock-and-roll legend John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. (On this date in 1975, his son, Sean, was born in New York.) Hood 1958: Pope Pius XII In 1958, Pope Pius XII died at age 82, ending a 19-year papacy. (He was succeeded by Pope John XXIII.) AP 1967: Che Guevara On Oct. 9, 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara, 39, was summarily executed by the Bolivian army a day after his capture. KEYSTONE 1974: Oskar Schindler 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). Peter Hillebrecht 1985: Achille Lauro In 1985, the hijackers of the Achille Lauro (ah-KEE'-leh LOW'-roh) cruise liner surrendered two days after seizing the vessel in the Mediterranean. (Passenger Leon Klinghoffer was killed by the hijackers during the standoff.) MICHEL LIPCHITZ 2001: Air Attack on Afghanistan In 2001, in the first daylight raids since the start of U.S.-led attacks on Afghanistan, jets bombed the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. JOCKEL FINCK 2001: Anthrax Attacks In 2001, Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy; the letters later tested positive for anthrax. TINA FINEBERG 2006: Google & YouTube In 2006, Google Inc. announced it was snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a stock deal. TONY AVELAR 2006: North Korea In 2006, North Korea faced a barrage of condemnation and calls for retaliation after it announced that it had set off a small atomic weapon underground; President Bush said, "The international community will respond." AHN YOUNG-JOON 2009: Nobel Peace Prize 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." TORBJORN GRONNING 2012: Jerry Sandusky In 2012, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison following his conviction on 45 counts of sexual abuse of boys. Gene J. Puskar 2014: Ebola Five years ago: Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone with more Marines as West African leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with what Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma described as "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." Abbas Dulleh 2014: Nobel Prize in Literature Five years ago: French novelist Patrick Modiano was named the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature. Christophe Ena 2018: Nikki Haley One year ago: President Donald Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that Haley would be leaving the administration at the end of the year; no reason was given for her departure. Evan Vucci 2018: Taylor Swift One year ago: After starting the week with a rare political post on social media, Taylor Swift captured four honors at the American Music Awards to become the most decorated woman in the show's history. Matt Sayles Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight How much do you know about Mother's Day? promotion spotlight AP How much do you know about Halloween?