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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, October  23, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 23, 1983, a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon killed 241 U.S. Marines and sailors; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.
 
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1707The Parliament of Great Britain, created by the Acts of Union between England and Scotland, held its first meeting.
1925Comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.
1942Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt during World War II.
1956An anti-Stalinist revolt began in Hungary.
1973President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.
1987The U.S. Senate rejected the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork, 58-42.
1993Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter became the second player to end a World Series with a home run in an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.
1998Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, was killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., when a sniper fired through his kitchen window.
1998Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a land-for-peace agreement at the White House, following nine days of talks at Wye River, Md.
Audio LinkPalestinian leader Yasser Arafat
Audio LinkIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Audio LinkKing Hussein of Jordan
2001Apple Computer Inc. introduced the iPod portable digital music player.
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2002Gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill them unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya.
2003Madame Chiang Kai-shek, widow of the Chinese nationalist leader, died in New York at age 105.
2006Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for his role in the company's collapse.
2011Libya's interim rulers declared the country liberated, formally marking the end of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year tyranny.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Ryan Reynolds turns 38 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jim BunningBaseball Hall of Famer, former U.S. senator, R-Ky.83
Philip KaufmanDirector ("Invasion of the Body Snatchers")78
Mel MartinezFormer U.S. senator, R-Fla.68
Ang LeeDirector60
Dwight YoakamCountry singer58
Weird Al YankovicMusical parodist55
Doug FlutieFootball player52
Al LeiterBaseball player, sportscaster49
Chris WeitzDirector45
Cat DeeleyTV host ("So You Think You Can Dance")38
John LackeyBaseball player36
Emilia ClarkeActress ("Game of Thrones")28
Jessica StroupActress ("90210")28
Soccer player Pele turns 74 years old today.
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