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October 23rd Major News Events

  1. 1956 Hungary Protests Against Soviet Rule
  2. 2002 Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theater
  3. 1941 Dumbo is released, the fourth film in the Disney animated features
  4. 1963 England "Doctor Who"
  5. 1973 The price of gas increased by 400%
  6. 1989 Phillips 66 Chemical Complex Explosion

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23 Oct, 1956 Hungary Protests Against Soviet Rule

1956 : Tens of thousands of people take to the streets in Budapest, Hungary demanding end of Soviet rule.

23 Oct, 2002 Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theater

2002 : Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theater taking 7,000 hostages. The rebels had explosives strapped to their bodies and were demanding the withdrawal of Soviet Forces from Chechnya. Three days later after the death of two of the hostages Russian Special Forces stormed the building and during the raid most of the terrorists and 120 hostages were killed during the raid.

23 Oct, 1915 U.S.A. Suffrage Movement

1915 : As part of the women's suffrage movement 25,000 women march up Fifth Avenue in New York City demanding the right to vote.

23 Oct, 1921 U.S.A. Prohibition Laws

1921 : The prohibition laws are being flouted across the country because of the large amounts of booze by the millions of gallons is coming into the country from areas like the Bahamas, the rum runners have new fast power boats which run rings round the US revenue cutters and until the government provides fast patrol boats that can catch the smugglers. Another area that will need to be changed are the wages paid to prohibition agents (currently a prohibition agent is paid $145.00 per month) and the rum runners are offering bribes of $100,000 for them to turn the other way. If the government is serious about enforcing prohibition laws some changes and finance will need to be made available.

23 Oct, 1941 U.S.A. "Dumbo"

1941 : Dumbo is released, the fourth film in the Disney animated features, Dumbo was based upon a children's book about an elephant with big ears, who is capable of flying by using them as wings.

23 Oct, 1942 World War II French Workers

1942 : Nazis are threatening French Skilled Workers with violence against their families if they do not come forward to work for Germany's War Industry.

From 1969 Toys Page

  • Barbie and Ken Dressed Up for a night out From The 1960s Barbie and Ken Dressed Up for a night out
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23 Oct, 1948 France Martial Law

1948 : France is moving closer to Martial Law following the communist Union Leaders calling for a general strike on Monday. The state has called up 50,000 troops to try to maintain law and order in the strike torn coal fields as more violence erupts and 2 more miners were killed yesterday.

23 Oct, 1950 Yugoslavia Marshall Tito

1950 : Marshall Tito the Yugoslavia leader who is defying the Communist regime has asked the US and the UK for aid to help with the drought stricken country where many are facing starvation.

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23 Oct, 1955 U.S.A. Earthquake

1955 : Police in towns and cities within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco bay reported damage including one death. The quake came in two waves with the first causing a rolling motion then severe jolting motions that caused windows to crack and buildings to shudder the worst of the quake was recorded at 5.5 on the Richter scale.

23 Oct, 1963 England "Doctor Who"

1963 : "Doctor Who" the British science fiction television program featuring "The Doctor" an alien time traveler who can travel through time and space in his time-ship / blue police box the TARDIS. The first program featured William Hartnell as "The Doctor." His enemy, the Daleks that become part of British Popular Culture ("EX-TER-MI-NATE!", "EX-TER-MI-NATE!") did not appear till December 1963. The Doctor has been played by a number of actors over the years.

Original TV Series Launched 1963

William Hartnell 1963 - 1966

Patrick Troughton 1966 - 1969

Jon Pertwee 1970 -- 1974

Tom Baker 1974 --- 1981

Peter Davison 1981 --- 1984

Colin Baker 1984 --- 1986

Sylvester McCoy 1987 --- 1989

Series Ended 1989

TV Series relaunched in 2005

David Tennant 2005 --- 2010

Matt Smith 2010 --- 2013

Peter Capaldi 2013 --- 2017

Jodie Whittaker (first female Doctor) 2017

Doctor Who Tardis Public Domain Photo

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23 Oct, 1973 U.S.A. Gas Price Increase

October 23rd, 1973 : The price of gas increased by 400% and there were long queues at Gas Stations during the 1973 Oil Crisis. The crisis was caused by the war in the Middle East and OPEC deciding to cut oil supplies as a way of forcing the rest of the world to stop support for Israel. Toyota who had specialized in making smaller fuel efficient cars holds it's first national news conference in Los Angeles, California extolling the remarkable fuel efficiency of Toyota cars, the average American Car gave 15 MPG whereas the Japanese cars were achieving 25 MPG Plus. This provided the major Japanese manufacturers the springboard needed to make significant inroads into both the American and European cars markets.

23 Oct, 1973 U.S.A. Watergate

1973 : After firing a number of senior staff including the special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox earlier in the week President Richard Nixon agreed to turn in the subpoenaed tapes of his conversations surrounding the Watergate scandal.

23 Oct, 1974 U.S.A. Retirement Law

October 23rd, 1974 : A 67 Year Old Professor Fights Against Mandatory Retirement Laws quoting documentation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to help fight for equal protection under the law.

23 Oct, 1974 Europe Anti Nuclear Demonstration

1974 : More than One Million anti-nuclear demonstrators joined forces yesterday to protest the deployment of US Nuclear Missiles on European soil. Protests happened simultaneously in in West Germany, London, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Rome.

23 Oct, 1983 Lebanon Suicide Bomber

October 23rd, 1983 : A suicide bomber drives a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 military personnel.

23 Oct, 1989 Phillips 66 Chemical Complex Explosion

1989 : Part of the Phillips 66 Chemical Complex which manufactures high-density polyethylene in Houston, Texas has a series of explosions causing a massive fire at the plant and causing the loss of 23 lives and another 314 injuries.

From 1969 Fashions Page Page

  • 1969 Flippy Skirt and Jacket Flippy Skirt and Jacket
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    Description Flippy skirt has an eight-gore style with a no-band waistline and a back zipper for $9.00. The shaped jacket has a notched collar, leather buttons and two pockets (one that holds a printed hankie that matches a blouse of similar pattern). Both tailored separates are made of wool and nylon and come in spice brown and off-white nubby herringbone tweed with red and honey colored flecks.

  • 1969 Striped Flare Leg Denim Striped Flare Leg Denim
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    Description New style of flared and boldly striped denims. Trim 'n' tight. For the slim young man the smartly flared denim have eighteen and a half inch bottoms. Pants have half-top front pockets and back yoke with set-in pockets as well as bar-tacked strain points. Comes in brown stripes or blue stripes.

23 Oct, 1998 U.S.A. Abortion

October 23rd, 1998 : A sniper kills a doctor in his home, it is believed the doctor was killed because he provided abortions as this is the 4th attack on Abortion Doctors in the Upstate New York Area.

23 Oct, 2001 IRA Decommissions Weapons

2001 : The IRA announces they have begun decommissioning weapons as agreed with the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in August 2001.

23 Oct, 2001 U.S.A. iPod

October 23rd, 2001 : Apple releases the first iPod capable of storing 1,000 songs. The iPod came with a 5 GB hard drive and was fully Mac compatible. Sales worldwide of the iPod now exceed 150 million and Apple iTunes has now sold over 5 billion songs worldwide.

23 Oct, 2004 2004 Presidential Election

2004 : With the presidential election campaigning now in full swing and no clear favorite all eyes are on the 6 swing states who hold the balance of power due to number of electoral votes each state has (electoral votes are related to the number of voters in each state) the 6 most important swing states for President George Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry are.

1. Florida - with 27 electoral votes

2. Pennsylvania - with 21 electoral votes

3. Ohio - with 20 electoral votes

4. Minnesota - with 10 electoral votes

5. Wisconsin - with 10 electoral votes

6. Iowa - with 7 electoral votes

The winners of the largest numbers of these 6 states will most likely be the next President of the United States.

The final results in November gave: Florida, Ohio, Iowa (54 electoral votes - George Bush) and Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin (41 electoral votes - John Kerry)

23 Oct, 2006 U.S.A. Barack Obama

October 23rd, 2006 : Illinois Senator, Barack Obama, states that he is possibly considering running for the President of the United States in the 2008 presidential election. He said that he would partially base his decision on the outcome of mid-term elections in November 2006.

23 Oct, 2007 Wildfires San Diego

2007 : 500,000 are evacuated from San Diego when a dozen wildfires fueled by strong 60 - 70 MPH Santa Ana winds destroying over 1000 homes and over 1/2 million acres have been burned to the ground so far. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has declared a state of emergency in seven counties.

23 Oct, 2007 U.S.A. Space Shuttle Discovery

October 23rd, 2007 : Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-120) begins a 14-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver the Harmony module and reconfigured part of the station in preparation for future assembly missions. The crew commanded by American Pam Melroy, included Mission Specialist Paolo A. Nespoli from Italy where Harmony was built.

Space Shuttle Discovery Public Domain Photo

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23 Oct, 2009 Switzerland Roman Polanski Extradition Request

2009 : The US has formally requested the extradition of Roman Polanski after he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with an under-age girl in 1978 and then skipped bail.

23 Oct, 2011 Strong Earthquake Hits Turkey

October 23rd, 2011 : An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck near the city of Van in Turkey. The earthquake caused a great amount of damage to the surrounding area and was followed by several strong aftershocks. Over five hundred people died as a result of this quake.

23 Oct, 2011 Tunisia Holds First Election Since Revolution

2011 : Tunisia held its first free election since the Tunisian revolution. An estimated 90% of voters turned out at the polls to cast their ballots. Citizens voted for representatives to fill a 217-seat assembly that would appoint an interim government and draft a constitution.

23 Oct, 2012 Polish President Exhumed

October 23rd, 2012 : The body of former Polish president Ryszard Kaczorowski, who died in a plane crash, was exhumed over fears that the body in his grave may have been a different person. The body was taken from a Warsaw church to have DNA testing done on it.

23 Oct, 2013 India Accuses Pakistan of Kashmir Border Fire

2013 : India has claimed that Pakistani troops have fired across the Kashmir border in more than fifty locations recently. Pakistan did not comment, but it was reported that at least one soldier was killed and three others injured along the disputed border.

Born This Day In History October 23

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Anita Roddick

Born: 23rd October 1942 Littlehampton, England

Died: 10th September 2007 Chichester, England

Known For : The founder of The Body Shop in 1976 with her first shop in Brighton, England. The Body Shop is a British cosmetics company producing and retailing beauty products with it's core values including environmental concerns and non testing of it's products on animals. The Body Shop now has over 2,000 stores in 54 countries selling vegetable based cosmetic products ranging from Body Butter, Peppermint Foot Lotion, and Hemp.

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Johnny Carson

Born: 23rd October 1925 Corning, Iowa

Died: 23rd January 2005 Los Angeles, California

Known For : Best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years before his retirement in 1992.

From Our 1960s Shoes and Hats Fashion Accessories page

  • 1969 Shiny Patent Boot Shiny Patent Boot
    Price: $13.97
    Description Boot has a shiny-look patent vinyl upper. It is slick and slinky, long and leggy. Easy to slip on and off and clings like a glove. It has a composition sole and a one inch heel, the boot is sixteen inches high. Choose from alabaster, brown or black.

  • 1969 Shoulder Style Bag Shoulder Style Bag
    Price: $11.00
    Description The shoulder-style bag is made with brushed split leather and has a double metal chain-handle. The outside has a pocket under the flap and the inside is unlined. Colors are burgundy red or black.