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 - Beirut bombing
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U.S. Marine Corps

1983: The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut are hit by a truck bomb, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. A French army barracks in Lebanon was also hit that same morning, killing 58 troops.

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