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 - Joseph Carpue
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Wellcome Library, London

1814: Surgeon Joseph Carpue performs the first modern plastic surgery at the Duke of York's Hospital in Chelsea, England, using a technique created in India several centuries earlier. Carpue uses a flaps of skin taken from the forehead to operate on a British military officer who had lost his nose to the toxic effects of mercury treatments and another whose nose was mutilated by a sword.

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