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 - Doctor Zhivago
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1958: Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak wins the Nobel Prize for Literature for writing "Dr. Zhivago." The citation credits Pasternak's contribution to Russian lyric poetry and for his role in "continuing the great Russian epic tradition." He was eventually forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction.

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