October 23

1918 Twenty-nine-year-old Charlie Chaplin married underage 16-year-old Mildred Harris, causing a scandal.

1954 Great Britain, France, the U.S., and the U.S.S.R. agreed to end the post-World War II occupation of Germany.

1945 Twenty-six-year-old Negro Leagues star Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player hired by a major league team, when the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that he would play for their Montreal Triple-A team.

1983 Two hundred forty-one U.S. Marines and sailors in Beirut, Lebanon, were killed by a suicide truck-bomber who crashed into their compound. An almost simultaneous attack on French forces in Beirut killed 58 paratroopers.

1987 The U.S. Senate voted down the appointment of conservative judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by a 58-42 vote.

1993 Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter became only the second player to end the World Series with a home run. His three-run homer in the ninth inning gave Toronto an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.

1995 Yolanda Saldivar was convicted of murdering Tejano singing star Selena outside a Texas motel on March 31st, 1995.

1998 Dr. Barnett Slepian, an obstetrician who performed abortions, was killed by a bullet fired through a widow of his upstate New York home. Anti-abortion activist James Kopp was arrested for the crime in March 2001 France, where he had fled. After being extradited back to the U.S., he was convicted of murder in March 2003 and sentenced to 25 years to life in jail.

2002 Forty-one armed Chechen rebels stormed a crowded Moscow theater during a performance, taking more than 800 people hostage. Russian special forces stormed the theater three days later, after first using a narcotic gas to knock out the rebels. The gas killed 129 of the hostages, and the rebels were all killed either by the gas or the Russian forces.

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