History: October 9, 2018


The Hoover Dam opens for business, sending electricity to Los Angeles, across 266 miles of power lines.

It was at first allied Boulder Dam, but later renamed in honor of President Herbert Hoover by Franklin Roosevelt.

While it was useful in supplying electricity, it was also an effective way to manage fresh water in the arid American southwest.


Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin begin a conference in Moscow to discuss the beginning of the end of World War II.

Churchill negotiated Stalin’s support against Japan following Germany’s seemingly inevitable surrender.

Following the conference, much of the post-war Soviet bloc map was drawn. Yugoslavia was cut in half, East and West. Romania went to the Reds while Greece would remain in control of free European powers.

Unfortunately, no treaties were signed and the deals were not officially documented — as became evident at the dawn of the Cold War.


A landslide in Italy causes a dam to overflow, killing 2,000.

The hydroelectric dam powered the small city of Belluno. It was structurally sound, but located in an inopportune place. Following heavy rains, the wet terrain surrounding the dam finally gave way, as well as the water it was holding back.

The architect would kill himself from grief.


One day after capturing leftist terrorist Che Guevara, the Bolivian Army executes him.

Five shots to the leg, one to the right shoulder, one to the arm, one in the chest, and one in the throat.

He was 39 years old when he was killed.