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 - Springhill Mine
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1958: An underground earthquake traps 174 coal miners at Springhill, Nova Scotia, in the deepest coal mine in North America at the time. By Nov. 1, rescuers from around the world had dug out 100 of the victims, marking the death toll at 74.

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