Today's History Trivia for October 23
Longest NFL Punt Return - 103 Yards
Robert Bailey, Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints. The punted ball looked like it would bounce out the end zone, however, it didn't. Apparently, everyone except Bailey, thought the ball was dead. He scooped it up as players were walking off the field, and returned it for a touchdown before anyone realized what had happened. See play
1983 Marine Barracks at Beirut Bombing Two truck bombs strike separate buildings housing Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF) peacekeepers, specifically targeting United States and French service members, killing 241 U.S. and 58 French peacekeepers, 6 civilians, and the 2 suicide attackers. A group called 'Islamic Jihad' claimed responsibility for the bombings and said that the bombings were aimed to get the MNF out of Lebanon.
1992 Woman detained for "unusually large buttocks" She was attempting to smuggle 1½ pounds of surgically implanted heroin through a Columbian airport.
1992 Publisher's Clearing House announces it had "accidently" discarded thousands of sweepstakes entries after claims it had thrown away entries which did not purchase magazines.
1992 First criminal prosecution for cheating on a college entrance exam A Maryland man is sentenced to six months in jail for paying another man $200 to take the exam for him.
1992 First Japanese Emperor to visit China Emperor Akihito.
1992 AIDS The director of the French national blood transfusion center is convicted of knowingly distributing AIDS-infected blood, resulting in 256 deaths and hundreds of new cases of the disease.
1989 Charles Stewart Murder Stewart kills his pregnant wife and shoots himself. He then blamed it on a fictional black robber who jumped into his car. He committed suicide when his story began to unravel.
1987 Robert Bork U.S. President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Bork to the Supreme Court is rejected by the Senate.
1947 Ronald Reagan president of the Screen Actors Guild, testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
1934 First successful stratospheric flight through clouds Jean Felix Piccard and his wife in a balloon reaching an altitude of 11 miles.
1932 The Linit Bath Club Review debuts on radio. It was Fred Allen's first radio show.
1924 First U.S. national radio network broadcast received on the West Coast A speech by Pres. Coolidge.
1850 First national Women's Rights Convention Concerns included the right to vote, equal wages, women's property rights, and marriage reform.
Today's Birthdays for October 23
1959 Weird Al Yankovic (Alfred Matthew Yankovic), American satirist musician, Eat It (1983) and I Lost On Jeopardy (1984).
1942 Michael Crichton d. 2008 American author, The Andromeda Strain (1969), Westworld (1973), and Jurassic Park (1993).
1932 Dimitra Arliss d. 2012 American actress. TV: Rich Man, Poor Man-Book II (1976, Maria Falconetti). Film: The Sting (1973, Hit woman Loretta).
1925 Johnny Carson d. 2005 American Emmy-winning TV late-night host of the Tonight Show for nearly 30 years.
1917 Robert Bray d. 1983 American actor. TV: Lassie (forest ranger Corey Stuart). He died from an accidental gunshot wound sustained while out hunting alone.
1905 Gertrude Caroline Ederle d. 2003 American swimmer. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel (1926) and winner of three medals, including a gold, in the 1924 Olympics. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1895 Maury Maverick d. 1954 American politician, U.S. congressman (Texas, 1935-39), mayor of San Antonio (1939-41). He coined the word "Gobbledygook" (1944).
1892 Gummo Marx d. 1977 (Milton Marx), American comedian, one of the Marx Brothers. He left the team to join the military during World War I before they reached stardom.
1835 Adlai Ewing Stevenson I d. 1914 23rd U.S. Vice-President (1893-97 under Grover Cleveland). While serving as first assistant postmaster general in 1885, he fired over 40,000 Republican workers and replaced them with Democrats from the South. In 1893, due to mouth cancer he required the replacement of his upper jaw with a prosthesis. Not wanting to start another panic on Wall Street, the operation was kept secret by performing it on a Yacht.
1762 Samuel Morey d. 1843 American inventor. He patented the first U.S. internal combustion engine. It was later used to power the first automobile ride in the U.S. (The second in the world).
1715 Peter II d. 1730 Czar of Russia (1727-30), grandson of Peter the Great. He died on of small pox on his intended wedding day.
Deaths for October 23
American western novelist. His novels have been adapted into over 100 films. He played minor league baseball and played one major league game with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1903).
2009 Lou Jacobi b. 1913 Canadian actor. TV: Somerset (Mac Wells).
1994 Robert Lansing b. 1928 (Robert Brown), American actor. TV: Twelve O'Clock High (Gen. Savage) and The Equalizer (Control).
1983 Jessica Savitch b. 1947 American news correspondent. NBC newswoman and anchor of PBS news magazine Front Line. She and her boyfriend died in a car crash.
1950 Al Jolson b. 1886 (Asa Yoelson), American jazz singer.
1928 George Barr McCutcheon b. 1866 American author. Novels: Brewster's Millions (1902, It has been the basis for at least six movies).
1921 John Boyd Dunlop b. 1840 Scottish veterinarian, patented the pneumatic tire (1888).