On this day: October 23

Published: Oct 22 2012 02:20:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Smurfs are born, the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut are hit by a truck bomb, Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination is rejected, and the iPod is introduced, all on this day.

OTD October 23 - Turkey earthquake
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IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

2011: A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 604 people and injuring more than 4,000.

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    "A Christmas Carol" is first published, the NHL plays its first games, Apollo 17 splashes down, and the U.S. House impeaches President Bill Clinton, all on this day.