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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 - Battle of Leyte Gulf
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U.S. Navy

1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, begins in the Philippines during World War II. The battle, which proved to be a decisive defeat for Japan, is also notable as the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks.

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