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42Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi - Brutus's army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian. Brutus commits suicide.

1642Battle of Edgehill (Warwickshire): King Charles I beat English parliamentarian forces

1681French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Staatsburg

1812Failed coup against emperor Napoleon

1917Lenin speaks against Kamenev, Kollontai, Stalin & Trotsky

1923Babe Ruth makes a postseason exhibition appearance in a Giants uniform

1933John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75, 000

1935Mackenzie King is elected as Prime Minister of Canada for the third time

1941Walt Disney's animation "Dumbo" released

1945Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royal contract

1958Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

1963Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" premieres in NYC

1978Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC

1989George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

1993Joe Carter (Toronto Blue Jays) hits a World Series winning walk-off home run against the Philadelphia Phillies

1998Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.

On This Day In History
Date Event
Oct 23, 4004 BC
Creation of the world begins according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher 
Oct 23, 42 BC
Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi - Brutus's army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian. Brutus commits suicide. 
Oct 23, 425
Valentinian III is elevated to Roman Emperor, at the age of 6. 
Oct 23, 502
The Synodus Palmaris, called by Gothic king Theodoric the Great, discharges Pope Symmachus of all charges, thus ending the schism of Antipope Laurentius. 
Oct 23, 585
Burgundy king Guntram opens synod of Mâcon (Mastico) 
Oct 23, 787
Byzantine empress Irene recovers Iconclastic cult at Nicaea 
Oct 23, 1086
Battle of az-Zallaqah: Army of Yusuf ibn Tashfin defeats the forces of Castilian King Alfonso VI 
Oct 23, 1091
Tornado (possible T8/F4) strikes the heart of London killing two and demolishing the wooden London Bridge 
Oct 23, 1157
The Battle of Grathe Heath ends the civil war in Denmark. King Sweyn III is killed and Valdemar I restores the country. 
Oct 23, 1229
Otto II becomes earl of Gelre 
Oct 23, 1520
King Carlos I crowned German emperor Charles V 
Oct 23, 1588
Remnants of Medina Sidonia's Spanish Armada returns to Santander 
Oct 23, 1641
Outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 - Catholic uprising in Ulster 
Oct 23, 1642
Battle of Edgehill (Warwickshire): King Charles I beat English parliamentarian forces 
Oct 23, 1644
Sea battle of Fehmarn Sont: Adm Thijssen beats Denen 
Oct 23, 1668
Jews of Barbados forbidden to engage in retail trade 
Oct 23, 1679
Meal Tub Plot against James Duke of York (future James II of England) 
Oct 23, 1681
French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Staatsburg 
Oct 23, 1684
Colony Massachusetts under authority of English crown mounted 
Oct 23, 1690
Revolt in Haarlem after public ban on smoking 
Oct 23, 1694
American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phipps, fail to seize Quebec. 
Oct 23, 1702
Battle of Bay of Vigo: Dutch & English fleet destroy & occupy Spanish silver fleet & French squadron 
Oct 23, 1739
War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain. 
Oct 23, 1760
First Jewish prayer books printed in North America 
Oct 23, 1775
Continental Congress approves resolution barring blacks from army 
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