TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 9, 1936
The first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1776
A group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
The public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.
Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered two days after seizing the vessel in the Mediterranean. (Passenger Leon Klinghoffer was killed by the hijackers during the standoff.)