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 - Robert Bork
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1987: The U.S. Senate rejects Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination by a vote of 42-58. Bork (seen here in 1987 with President Ronald Reagan), a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, faced strong opposition by civil and women's rights groups concerned with his stated desire to roll back civil rights and his opposition to the right of the federal government to impose standards of voting fairness upon the states. The vacant seat on the court eventually went to Judge Anthony Kennedy, who was unanimously approved by the Senate.

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