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This Day in History

October 23, 2011

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► Today is Sunday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2011. There are 69 days left in the year.

► Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer and former US Senator Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is 80. Movie director Philip Kaufman is 75. Soccer great Pele is 71. R&B singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 68. Actor Michael Rupert is 60. Movie director Ang Lee is 57. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 55. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 55. Community activist Martin Luther King III is 54. Movie director Sam Raimi is 52. Parodist “Weird Al’’ Yankovic is 52. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 47. Christian/jazz singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 45. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 45. Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 43. Actor Jon Huertas is 42. CNN medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta is 42. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 39. Rock musician Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 37. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 35. Actress Masiela Lusha is 26. Actress Briana Evigan is 25. Actress Jessica Stroup is 25.

► In 1864, forces led by Union General Samuel R. Curtis repelled Confederate General Sterling Price’s army in the Civil War Battle of Westport in Missouri.

► In 1910, Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight, reaching an altitude of 12 feet at a park in Fort Wayne, Ind.

► In 1915, tens of thousands of women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

► In 1941, the Walt Disney animated feature “Dumbo’’ premiered in New York.

► In 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary’s Communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down within weeks.

► In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica.

► In 1980, the resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.

►In 1983, 241 US service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.

► In 1987, the US Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.

► In 1991, Cambodia’s warring factions and representatives of 18 other nations signed a peace treaty in Paris.

► In 1995, a jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. (Saldivar is serving a life prison sentence.)

► In 2001, the nation’s anthrax scare hit the White House with the discovery of a small concentration of spores at an offsite mail processing center. President George W. Bush announced he had authorized money for improved post office security following the deaths of two postal workers from inhalation anthrax. The Irish Republican Army announced that it had begun to disarm for the first time. A relieved NASA team celebrated as the 2001 Mars Odyssey slipped into orbit around the Red Planet, two years after back-to-back failures by Mars missions. Apple Computer Inc. unveiled its iPod.

► In 2010, the world’s leading advanced and emerging countries vowed during a meeting in Gyeongju, South Korea, to avoid potentially debilitating currency devaluations, aiming to quell trade tensions that could threaten the global recovery. San Francisco’s Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off Philadelphia 3-2 to win the NL pennant in six games.

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