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 - Ang Lee
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1954: Film director Ang Lee, best known for such movies as "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Life of Pi," is born in Chaochou, Pingtung, Taiwan. He won Academy Awards for Best Director for both "Brokeback Mountain" and "Life of Pi" and was also nominated for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which also won him the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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