On this day: October 23

Published On: Oct 22 2012 02:20:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 23 2013 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.

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42 B.C.: Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeat Marcus Junius Brutus' army in the Second Battle of Philippi. The battle was the final battle in the Wars of the Second Triumvirate, a Roman civil war that Antony and Octavian had declared to avenge Julius Caesar's murder at the hands of assassins Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Brutus committed suicide after losing the battle, 20 days after Cassius had done the same.

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