On this day: October 23

POSTED: 11:20 AM PDT Oct 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 22, 2015 

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 - Doug Flutie
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1962: Football player Doug Flutie, who first rose to prominence during his collegiate career at Boston College, where he won the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award in 1984, is born in Manchester, Maryland. His Hail Mary touchdown pass in a game against the University of Miami on Nov. 23, 1984, is considered among the greatest moments in college football and American sports history. He went on to play professionally in the United States Football League, the National Football League, and the Canadian Football League, where he won three Grey Cup titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.


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