On this History Day – October 23 – Almanac
Today is Saturday, October 23, the 296th day of 2021 with 69 to follow.
The moon is declining. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Adlai E. Stevenson I, US vice president under Grover Cleveland, in 1835; pioneering college football coach John Heisman, who gave the Heisman Trophy his name; in 1869; William Coolidge, inventor of the x-ray tube, in 1873; the Vaudevillian Milton “Gummo” Marx in 1893; Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim in the English Channel, in 1905; old Tonight show host Johnny Carson in 1925; professional golfer Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez in 1935 (86 years old); Brazilian football star Pele, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, in 1940 (81 years old); author Michael Crichton in 1942; filmmaker Ang Lee in 1954 (67); singer Dwight Yoakam in 1956 (65); civil rights activist Martin Luther King III in 1957 (64); singer “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1959 (62); TV talk show host Nancy Grace in 1959 (62); former football star Doug Flutie in 1962 (59); medical journalist Sanjay Gupta in 1969 (52 years old); actor Kate del Castillo in 1972 (49); actor Ryan Reynolds in 1976 (45); rocker Matt Shultz in 1983 (38); author / television personality Meghan McCain in 1984 (37); the singer Miguel Pimentel in 1985 (36 years old); actor Emilia Clarke in 1986 (35); actor Margaret Qualley in 1994 (27); model Ireland Baldwin in 1995 (26); actor Amandla Stenberg in 1998 (23).
At this date in history:
In 1707, the British Parliament met for the first time.
In 1915, approximately 25,000 women marched through New York to demand the right to vote across the United States.
In 1942, the British 8th Army launched an offensive at El Alamein in Egypt, a WWII battle that ultimately swept the Germans from North Africa.
In 1945, Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player hired by a major league team, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and sent to their Montreal farm team. He joined the Dodgers in 1947 and went on to become one of the sport’s biggest stars.
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in an auditorium in Flushing, Queens, New York.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3504, authorizing the naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missiles on the island.
In 1972, earthquakes killed more than 10,000 people in Nicaragua.
In 1983, suicide bombings against peacekeepers in Beirut killed 241 US Marines and 58 French soldiers. Warnings ignored, defenses left vulnerable in attack on Marines in Lebanon.
In 1987, the US Senate rejected US President Ronald Reagan’s appointment of Judge Robert Bork to the US Supreme Court by the widest margin in history, 58-42.
In 1989, Hungary officially declared the end of 40 years of communist rule and proclaimed itself a republic, paving the way for the creation of a Western-style democracy in the Eastern Bloc state.
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In 2005, a Nigerian plane crashed shortly after taking off from Lagos, killing all 117 people on board.
In 2006, Panamanians voted overwhelmingly to support a proposal to extend the Panama Canal to allow passage of larger ships.
In 2008, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a House of Representatives committee that the United States was “in the midst of a once-in-a-century credit tsunami” that left it in a state of “shocked disbelief”.
In 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated the world’s longest sea bridge, the 54 km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
In 2019, the Hong Kong government officially withdrew an extradition bill that sparked months of protests, violence and other kinds of unrest on Chinese territory.
In 2020, Bruce Springsteen releases his 20th studio album, Letter to you, recorded with the E Street Band.
A thought for the day: “We are all, men and women, creatures of culture: we do and feel what our societies ask of us, and the demands imposed on us are not always consistent or precisely correlated with biology. “- American writer Diana Trilling