On this day: October 23

POSTED: 11:20 AM PDT Oct 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 22, 2014 

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 - Sam Raimi
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1959: Director Sam Raimi, best known for directing the "Evil Dead" movie series, "Darkman," "A Simple Plan," "Drag Me to Hell" and the trilogy of "Spider-Man" films starring Tobey Maguire, is born in Royal Oak, Mich.

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