October 23


1814 – The first plastic surgery took place in England.

1908 – The Village of Kent City, MI was incorporated.

1910 – Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States.

1915 – The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA.

1915 – Approximately 25,000-33,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue in New York, NY, to demand the right to vote.

1929 – After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange began to show signs of panic.

1930 – In Chattanooga, TN, J.K. Scott won the nation’s first miniature golf tournament.

1941 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Dumbo” was released.

1956 – NBC broadcast the first videotape recording. A tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S.

1965 – The last steam operating locomotive in Michigan (owned by the Canadian National Railroad) traveled from Durand to Detroit on its final run.

1973 – President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.

1978 – CBS Records raised the price of vinyl records by one dollar to $8.98.

1987 – The Senate rejects the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42.

1996 – The wrongful death suit of O.J. Simpson went to trial in Santa Monica, CA. (Simpson was found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman.)

1999 – During a training flight, Harrison Ford crash-landed his helicopter about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles, CA. No one was injured.

2001 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft began orbiting Mars. In 2010, it became the longest-operating spacecraft ever sent to Mars.

2001 – A 2.9 magnitude earthquake was centered near Prairie Lake, MI — north of Albion, in Calhoun County.

2001 – Apple Computers introduced their portable music digital player called the iPod.

2004 – Ashlee Simpson made an infamous lip-synching gaffe on TV’s “Saturday Night Live”. A technical snafu catches her off mic when “Pieces of Me,” complete with vocals, begins playing. She runs offstage after a half-hearted jig and later blames the goof on her band and then on her “acid reflux.”



Pelé 1940 – Soccer player

Dwight Yoakam 1956 – Musician, actor (“Crank”, “Panic Room”, “South of Heaven West of Hell”, “Sling Blade”)

Sam Raimi 1959 – Director, actor (“Evil Dead”, “Spider-Man”, “Darkman”, “Oz the Great and Powerful”, “Drag Me to Hell”)

“Weird Al” Yankovic 1959 – Singer

Roberto Trujillo 1964 – Musician (Metallica)

Al Leiter 1965 – Baseball player, sportscaster

Jimmy Wayne 1972 – Country Singer

Ryan Reynolds 1976 – Actor (“Green Lantern”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “Definitely, Maybe”, “Chaos Theory”, “Smokin’ Aces”, “Blade: Trinity”, “Van Wilder”, TV’s “Two Guys and a Girl”)

Cat Deely 1976 – TV host (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”)

Masiela Lusha 1985 – Actress (“Blood: The Last Vampire”, TV’s “George Lopez”)

Emilia Clarke 1986 – Actress (“Game of Thrones”)

Jessica Stroup 1986 – Actress (TV’s “90210”, movies “Prom Night”, “The Hills Have Eyes II”)



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