Wednesday, Oct. 23, is the 296th day of 2013. There are 69 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer and former US senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is 82. Director Philip Kaufman is 77. Soccer great Pele is 73. ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross is 65. Director Ang Lee is 59. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 57. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 57. Community activist Martin Luther King III is 56. Director Sam Raimi is 54. Parodist ‘‘Weird Al’’ Yankovic is 54. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 49. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 47. Director Chris Weitz is 44. CNN medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta is 44. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 41. Actress Vivian Bang (‘‘Sullivan & Son”) is 40. Rock musician Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 39. TV personality and host Cat Deeley is 37. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 37. Rock singer Matthew Shultz (Cage the Elephant) is 30. R&B singer Miguel is 28.
In 1864, forces led by Union General Samuel R. Curtis repelled Confederate General Sterling Price’s army in the Civil War Battle of Westport in Missouri.
In 1915, tens of thousands of women marched in New York, demanding the right to vote.
In 1941, the Walt Disney animated feature ‘‘Dumbo’’ premiered in New York.
In 1942, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt, resulting in an Allied victory.
In 1954, West Germany was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which it did the following year.
In 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary’s communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down in weeks.
In 1973, President Nixon agreed to turn over White House recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John Sirica.
In 1980, the resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.
In 1983, two hundred forty-one US service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.
In 1987, the US Senate rejected, 58 to 42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.
In 1995, a jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. (Saldivar is serving a life prison sentence.)
In 2001, a small concentration of anthrax spores was discovered at an offsite mail processing center serving the White House. President George W. Bush authorized money for improved post office security following the deaths of two postal workers from inhalation anthrax.