October 9th 1967: Che Guevara executed
On this day in 1967, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was executed. Guevara played a major role in the Cuban Revolution which put Fidel Castro in power. He continued to study Marxism and decided that colonialism and capitalism were mainly to blame for problems in the Third World and that global revolution was the answer. When he tried to initiate revolution in Bolivia he was captured by Bolivian forces, who had CIA help, and was executed the next day. He continues to be a powerful symbolic figure, as for many he embodies rebellion.
"I know you’ve come to kill me. Shoot me you coward! You are only going to kill a man!"
- Guevara’s last words