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 - Michael Crichton
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1942: Writer Michael Crichton, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction and thriller genres, including "Jurassic Park," "The Andromeda Strain" and "Disclosure," is born in Chicago. He died of throat cancer at age 66 on Nov. 5, 2008.

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