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On this day: October 23

POSTED: 11:20 AM PDT Oct 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 22, 2013 

The Smurfs are born, the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut are hit by a truck bomb, Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination is rejected, and the iPod is introduced, all on this day.

OTD October 23 - Claude Malet
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1812: Claude François de Malet, a French general, begins a conspiracy to overthrow Napoleon Bonaparte, claiming that the Emperor died in Russia and that he is now the commandant of Paris. The coup attempt was quickly suppressed and Malet would be executed by a firing squad on Oct. 29, 1812.

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