23 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pierre Larousse, 1817
  • Adlai E. Stevenson Sr., 1835
  • Gertrude Ederle, 1906
  • Mayor Frank Rizzo, 1920
  • Johnny Carson, 1925
  • Bella Darvi, 1929
  • Diana Dors, 1931
  • Juan 'Chi-Chi' Rodriguez, 1934
  • Pelé, 1940
  • Michael Crichton, 1942
  • Weird Al Yankovic, 1959
  • Doug Flutie, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • Brutus (Marcus Junius), 42 BC
  • Saint John of Capistrano, 1456
  • Theophile Gautier, 1872
  • King Chulalongkorn of Siam, 1910
  • W. G. Grace, 1915
  • Dutch Schultz, 1935
  • Zane Grey, 1939
  • Al Jolson, 1950
  • Jessica Savitch drowned, 1983
  • James C. Petrillo, 1984
  • Oskar Werner, 1984
  • Adolph Green, 2002
  • Mme Chiang Kai-shek, 2003
  • Robert Merrill, 2004

Today's Events:

  • 4004 BC - God created the world at 9 a.m. on a Sunday according to Irish Archbishop James Ussher.
  • 42 BC - Victory of Mark Antony and Octavian over Brutus and Cassius in Battle of Philippi.
  • 1642 - King Charles battles parliamentary forces at Battle of Edgehill.
  • 1707 - First Parliament of Great Britain meets.
  • 1850 - Women demand right to vote, own property, etc. at Women's Rights convention in Worcester, MA.
  • 1910 - Blanche Scott is America's first female pilot; she flies over Fort Wayne, IN at altitude of 12 feet.
  • 1915 - 25,000 women march for suffrage in New York City.
  • 1917 - Battle of Caporetto begins, victory of Austro-Germans over Italians, WWI.
  • 1942 - Battle of El Alamein in Egypt; British forces under Montgomery stop Nazis and Fascists. WWII.
  • 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf begins; U.S. cripples Japanese fleet allowing Philippines invasion. WWII
  • 1956 - Hungarian Revolution begins as student rebels attempt to disable Russian tanks. 200,000 march against Soviet rule.
  • 1956 - Hungarian Secret Police (AVH) fires on protestors; Stalin's statue toppled in Hungarian uprising.
  • 1963 - 'Barefoot in the Park' starts 668 performance run on Broadway.
  • 1972 - 'Pippin' opens at Imperial Theatre, N.Y.
  • 1983 - Terrorist drives dynamite truck into U.S. Marine headquarters in Beirut. 241 Marines die.
  • 1989 - Chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas explodes in fire causing $849 million in loses.
  • 1997 - Hong Kong's Hang Seng index in largest slide in history losing 10% of value; FTSE & Dow follow.
  • 2001 - IRA finally decide to decommission its weapons.
  • 2001 - Apple Computer's chairman Steve Jobs announces a new product, the iPod, that "puts 1,000 songs in your pocket."
  • 2002 - Chechen rebels hold 800 hostage in Moscow theatre for 3 days; 171 die, mostly by poison gas.
  • 2011 - 7.2 earthquake hits Eastern Turkey near Ercis killing 523.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Ignatius of Constantinople
  • Anthony Claret

Holiday:

  • Traditional day of swallows leaving Capistrano
  • Hungarian Freedom Day
  • Chulalongkorn Day in Thailand
  • Labour Day in New Zealand

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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