23rd October

1906 – Alberto Santos-Dumont flies in the first heavier-than-air flight. (Hot air balloons and airships used hot air and helium – both of which are lighter than air)

1911 – The first aircraft to be used in warfare is used in the Turco-Italian war is flown by an Italian pilot and is used to spy on Turkish forces.

1915 – Between 25000 and 30000 women march in an attempt to gain women the right to vote in New York.

1929 – The Great Depression begins as many start to panic after a gradual slump in the stock markets.

1942 – The Second Battle of El Alamein during World War II. (This attempted to free Egypt after it was taken by the Axis forces – the Nazi’s and the countries that sided with them)

1944 – The Battle of Leyte Gulf, between American-Australian ships and Japanese ships, begins. It is known as the biggest naval battle in history. (Strange how the rulers of the seas for many years, the British, were not involved in the greatest naval battle)

1958 – The Smurfs make their first ever appearance in a French cartoon and are then adopted by Hannah-Barbera. (What a cartoon series the smurfs had – everyone’s favourite blue dwarved village – as nobody knows of any other blue dwarved villages…)

1989 – 23 are killed and 314 injured in explosions and the aftermath of the Phillips Disaster in Texas.

1993 – The Shankhill Road Bombing: A Provisional IRA bomb detonates earlier than planned and kills the bomber, as well as 9 civilians.

2001 – Apple release the Ipod. (Where would we be without this – and how many would suggest that this is the most important historical event…?)

2004 – A powerful earthquake injures 2200 and kills 35 in Northern Japan.

Births

Pelé – Brazilian footballer (1940) (Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time!), Amita Roddick – founder of the Body Shop (1942), ‘Weird Al’ Yankovich – Musical Parodist (1959) (His song’s are such genius – youtube him if you haven’t heard of him before), Cat Deeley – TV host (1976), Steve Harmison – England Cricketer (1978)

Deaths

Christian Dior – Fashion Designer (1957)

Number 1s

Franky Laine with Percy Faith and his Orchestra – A Woman In Love (1956)

Tornados – Telstar (1962)

David Cassidy – Daydreamer/The Puppy Song (1973)

Lena Martell – One Day At A Time (1979)

Wham! – Freedom (1984) (Should someone play this for George Michael’s release from prison?)

Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – Thats What I Like (1989)

Pato Banton – Baby Come Back (1994)

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (2005)

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