Throwback Thursday: October 23

I had no idea when I Googled October 23, that it was such an infamous day. Here are just a few of the high- (and low-) lights:

Natural Disasters

  • Tornado strikes London, destroying London Bridge (1091)
  • Underground earthquake traps 174 miners in Springhill Mine (Nova Scotia) after unde the deepest coal mine in North America at the time; 100 were rescued (1958)
  • Powerful earthquake and aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated (2004)
  • 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands (2011)

Un-natural Disasters

  • Sailing ship “Aeneus” sinks off Newfoundland killing 340 (1805)
  • 12 passengers and crewmen aboard American Airlines DC-3 killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California (1942)
  • NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine (1984)
  • Early morning blackout darkens San Francisco (1997)
  • Dow Jones drops 186.88 points (1997)
  • Hospital fire kills 12 and injures 40 in Tainan, Taiwan (2012)

Uprisings, Revolts, and Demonstrations

  • Outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641
  • Revolt in Haarlem after public ban on smoking (1690)
  • Slaves revolt in Haiti (later suppressed) (1790)
  • African demonstrators shot in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1920)
  • 22 demonstrators killed at Bijbihara in Indian-controlled Kashmir (1993)

Battles, Wars, & Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Brutus’s army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian; Brutus commits suicide (42 BC)
  • Battle of Bay of Vigo: Dutch & English fleet destroy & occupy Spanish silver fleet & French squadron (1702)
  • 1st Infantry division “Big Red One” shoots 1st US shot in WW I (1917)
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR (1961)
  • Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 243 US personnel in Beirut (1893)
  • France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island (1987)
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site (1987)
  • Seven people killed by IRA bomb attack in Belfast (1993)
  • Chechen rebels seize House of Culture theater in Moscow, take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage (2002)


  • First Jewish transport out of Rome reaches camp Birkenau (1943)

Luckily there are a few bright lights on this often dark day:

  • First steam locomotive introduced (1824)
  • Canadian Senate formed (1867)
  • Blanche Scott is the first woman to solo a public airplane flight (1910)
  • 25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote (1915)
  • Disney’s animated Dumbo released (1941)
  • Laos granted sovereignty by France (1953)
  • Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature (1958)
  • 400,000 demonstrateagainst cruise missile in Brussels (1983)
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks (2001)

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