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    • Chicago has its first #1 hit with “If You Leave Me Now”
      Chicago—one of history’s most prolific rock bands—has its first #1 hit on October 23, 1976, with “If You Leave Me Now.” The rock band Chicago churned out full-length albums at a rate that’s never been surpassed by a pop group of their stature. Not only did the group release nine albums in their ...
    • Rival governments in bleeding Kansas
      In opposition to the fraudulently elected pro-slavery legislature of Kansas, the Kansas Free State forces set up a governor and legislature under their Topeka Constitution, a document that outlaws slavery in the territory. Trouble in territorial Kansas began with the signing of the Kansas-Nebraska ...
    • Brutus commits suicide
      Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi. Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for ...
    • Beirut barracks blown up
      A suicide bomber drives a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. That same morning, 58 French soldiers were killed in their barracks two miles away in a separate suicide terrorist attack. The U.S. Marines were part of a ...
    • Hostage crisis in Moscow theater
      On October 23, 2002, about 50 Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theater, taking up to 700 people hostage during a sold-out performance of a popular musical. The second act of the musical “Nord Ost” was just beginning at the Moscow Ball-Bearing Plant’s Palace of Culture when an armed man walked onstage ...
    • U.S. negotiators ask for further talks in Paris
      Citing difficulties with South Vietnamese President Thieu, U.S. negotiators cable Hanoi requesting further negotiations in Paris over the proposed draft peace accord. Thieu felt that he was being sold out by the United States to secure a peace agreement at any terms. President Richard Nixon and ...
    • 1st Cavalry Division launches Operation Silver Bayonet
      In action following the clash at the Plei Me Special Forces camp 30 miles southwest of Pleiku earlier in the month, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) launches Operation Silver Bayonet. U.S. troops, in conjunction with South Vietnamese forces, sought to destroy North Vietnamese forces operating ...
    • Carter homers to win World Series
      On October 23, 1993, Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter does what every kid dreams of—he wins the World Series for his team by whacking a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time the World Series had ended with a home run since Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski homered to ...
    • President Benjamin Harrison extends borders of Nebraska
      On this day in 1890, Benjamin Harrison issues a proclamation that extends the northern boundary of Nebraska into the Dakota territory. The decree also declares that all Indian claims to Nebraska territory have been officially “extinguished.” Harrison was the grandson of famed Indian fighter and ...
    • American fur traders turn over Astoria, Oregon, to the British
      On this day in 1813, the Americans operating the Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon, turn the post over to their rivals in the British North West Company, and for the next three decades Britons dominate the fur trade of the Pacific Northwest. The town and fur trading post at ...
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