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Today in history: October 23

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2005. There are 69 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. Marines and sailors in Lebanon were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.

On this date:
In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Gen. Stirling Price’s army in Missouri.

In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

In 1925, talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.

In 1942, during World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt.

In 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began.

In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.

In 1956, an anti-Stalinist revolt that was subsequently crushed by Soviet troops began in Hungary.

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

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

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

Ten years ago: President Clinton met with Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Hyde Park, N.Y.; the leaders agreed that Russian troops would help enforce peace in Bosnia, but they remained deadlocked on the issue of NATO command. A jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena.

Five years ago: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held groundbreaking talks in North Korea with communist leader Kim Jong Il.

One year ago: Gunmen ambushed a group of U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers on a road east of Baghdad; around 50 of the soldiers, who were unarmed, were killed execution-style. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Japan killed 40 people. The Boston Red Sox took Game 1 of the World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 11-9. Singer Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching during an appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Opera singer Robert Merrill died in suburban New York.

Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Philip Kaufman is 69. Soccer great Pele is 65. Author Michael Crichton is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 62. Actor Michael Rupert is 54. Movie director Ang Lee is 51. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 49. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 49. Movie director Sam Raimi is 46. Parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic is 46. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 39. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 39. Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 37. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 33. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 29. Actress Masiela Lusha (“George Lopez”) is 20.

Thought for Today: “The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is ... the source of all religious fanaticism.” — Reinhold Niebuhr, American clergyman and author (1892-1971).