October 23 in Pop Culture History

October 23rd History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 23rd History Highlights

  • 1973 – President Nixon agreed to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.
  • 1983 – A terror attack against US armed forces in Beirut, Lebanon killed 240 people.
  • 2001 – The iPod was demonstrated. On sale the following week, the retail price was $399.
  • If you were born on October 23rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 30th (same year)

Swallows Depart From Capistrano, October 23

According to legend, swallows carry olive branches in their beaks, which they drop into the sea on their journey for the winter. They return in somewhat reduced numbers, blacking out the sky to this day, as it was once said. For years, they were said to have winged and returned to their nest in the Capistrano hills, where they were said to be making their annual trek back to the sea. Traditionally, they reurn to San Juan Capistrano on March 19.

Mole Day

A Mole is defined as the atomic weight of a molecule or chemical in grams and is the same atom found in 12,000 grams of carbon (12), expressed as 6.021023. In other words, a mole defines a substance that contains at least one atom or molecule, of which more than a million atoms are contained in one gram of the substance.

October 23 is the day of the mole because October 23 is 1023 and October 23 is celebrated as the day of the mole in the United States and many other countries around the world.

Chemists, scientists, students and other number lovers are celebrating Mole Day to commemorate the Avogadro number, which is a basic weight – a unit of measurement in chemistry. The AvogADro number defined in the equation 6 – 02 – 1023 shows that for each molecule, one molecule of the substance contains twice as many atoms as its molecular number. To know more about this number and how it is practical, we need to study how chemists determine how many atoms there are in a mole.

October 23rd is…

Boston Cream Pie Day
Canning Day
Mole Day

October 23rd Birthday Quotes

“Everything is practice.”
– Pele

“We ought to hate very rarely, as it is too fatiguing; remain indifferent to a great deal, forgive often, and never forget.”
– Sarah Bernhardt

“I don’t expect success. I prepare for it.”
– Ryan Reynolds

“As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.”
– Al Yankovic

“Mary Matalin and James Carville have given me more hope when it comes to love and relationships than any romance book or chick flick ever.”
– Meghan McCain

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
– Pele

October 23rd Birthdays

1844 – Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (died in 1923)
1892 – Speckled Red, American blues/boogie-woogie piano player (died in 1973)
1920 – Bob Montana, American comic book illustrator (died in 1975)
1931 – Diana Dors, English actress (died in 1984)
1940 – Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (died in 2009)
1940 – Pelé, Brazilian footballer and actor
1959 – “Weird Al” Yankovic, American comedic singer-songwriter
1967 – Walt Flanagan, American actor, and illustrator
1976 – Ryan Reynolds, Canadian-American actor, and producer
1984 – Meghan McCain, American journalist and author
1986 – Emilia Clarke, English actress
1986 – Jessica Stroup, American actress

October 23rd History

4004 BC is the date when the creation of the world began, according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher.

1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention opened in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1861 – President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.

1915 -Over 25,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue, NYC to advocate their right to vote.

1917 – Lenin called for the October Revolution.

1935 – Mobsters Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and Bernard “Lulu” Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a saloon in Newark, New Jersey – The Chophouse Massacre.

1946 – The United Nations General Assembly convened for the first time, in Flushing, Queens, New York City.

1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, by Peyo, was serialized in the French weekly Spirou magazine.

1961 – #1 Hit October 23, 1961 – November 5, 1961: Dion – Runaround Sue

1963 – Broadway Show – Barefoot in the Park (Play) October 23, 1963

1972 – Broadway Show – Pippin (Musical) October 23, 1972

1976 – #1 Hit October 23, 1976 – November 5, 1976: Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

1995 – Yolanda Saldívar was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of popular Latin singer Selena earlier in the year.

October 23, 1997 – (fiction) The President’s plane crashed in Escape From New York, Film

1999 – #1 Hit October 23, 1999 – January 14, 2000: Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth

October 23, 2001 – The Apple iPod (1st generation) was pre-released.

2011 – Once Upon A Time premiered on ABC

October 23, 2077 (fiction) The Great War lasted about two hours after the nuclear weapons launched, Fallout, Video Game

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Imagine a world where we get updates to songs we purchased on iTunes. “Next up, Call Me Maybe is being updated to version 1.1 with new lyrics. Fixed some minor bugs and overall better quality.”

Five Card Poker Odds, nothing wild: Straight – Five cards numerically in a row, 1 in 250

After taking fourteen bullets from Al Capone’s gang in the Valentine’s Day Massacre, a Northside mobster, Frank Gusenburg, told police “No one shot me” as he lay dying.

The Capital of Iraq is Baghdad

“Houston, we have a problem.” – Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) in Apollo 13, 1995

“Bits” comes from “Binary” “DigITS”

Half of all sloth deaths occur while they are climbing to and from the forest floor, which is where they poop.

Nanu Nanu! #TVCatchphrase

In the past, many people wouldn’t lift a finger to help someone. Today, the most that people will do is lift a finger to help someone, by liking, retweeting, or upvoting.

“I never had a drug problem; I had a self-esteem problem.” – Gloria Gaynor

AT&T was included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 99 years before being replaced by Apple in 2015.

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