On this day in 1967 Che Guevara is executed after a failed socialist revolution in Bolivia. Guevara backed the Cuban revolution and had hoped to start reformation all over Latin America. He believed that the only way to end the social inequality in third world countries was revolutionary upheaval. His iconic image is still used by those who feel a change is needed in order to make the world a better place for us all.
On this day in 1992 a small meteorite smashes into a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu in Peekskill, New York. Several eye witnesses saw the object streak across the sky that night, some even caught it on film. The bowling ball sized meteorite went completely through the trunk of the car and embedded itself into the gravel driveway. The owner of the car, Michelle Knapp, sold both the meteorite and her car to museums.
On this day in 1888 the Washington Monument is opened officially to the public. It took 50 years to complete and at the time was the tallest structure in the world until it was surpassed by the Eiffel Tower the next year. It is still the tallest stone structure in the world, and the tallest true obelisk ever made.
On this day in 1919 the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series against the Chicago White Sox. It would be later found out that 8 Chicago players had conspired with gamblers to lose the series. It is now known as the "black sox scandal", and baseball didn't fully recover until Babe Ruth started to hit home runs at a rate that captured the imaginations of the masses.