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 - 14-bis
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1906: Alberto Santos-Dumont flies an experimental airplane known as the "14-bis" in the first heavier-than-air flight in Europe at Champs de Bagatelle, Paris, France. The aircraft flew for more than 200 feet at an altitude of about 10 feet.

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