On This Day In History, 23 October

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World Events Today

  • Two truck bombs struck buildings at the American and French military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, today in 1983, almost 300 military personnel lost their lives in the terrorist attack by the Islamic Jihad group
  • The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge was inaugurated today in 2018, it opened for traffic the following day as the longest bridge-tunnel sea crossing in the world
  • The bodies of 39 Vietnamese people, were found in the trailer of an articulated refrigerator lorry in the United Kingdom today in 2019, 5 men were later charged with manslaughter and other offences

Entertainment Events Today

  • Dumbo, the animated movie by Walt Disney, was released today in 1941
  • Baby One More Time, the debut single by the American singer Britney Spears, was released today in 1998, it went on to become one of the best-selling singles ever
  • Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig for the third time, premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in London today in 2012

Family Events Today

  • The English cricketer W G Grace, who played first-class cricket for 44 seasons from 1865 to 1908, died today in 1915 aged 67
  • Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as the Brazilian football legend Pelé, was born today in 1940 in Três Corações
  • The singer and comedian Al Jolson, dubbed, “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”, died today in 1950 aged 64

Main Event Today

  • The first Apple iPod, the revolutionary portable media player, was released today in 2001

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Boston Creme Pie Day

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