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OCTOBER 23

1920 Bob Montana (California-born Cartoonist: Creator of Archie Comics) Bob Montana Cartoons and Comics
Performing Artists
1925 Johnny Carson (Iowa-born Talk Show Host: The Tonight Show) Johnny Carson Television
1954 Ang Lee (Taiwan-born Academy Award Winning Director: "Brokeback Mountain") Ang Lee Film Asian-American Performing Artists
Sports Figures
1869 John Heisman (Ohio-born Hall of Fame Football Coach: Namesake of the Heisman Trophy) John Heisman College Football Hall of Fame The Heisman Trophy
1906 Gertrude Ederle (New York City-born Member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame) Gertrude Ederle Swimming The Olympic Games
1935 Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rican-born Member of the Professional Golf Hall of Fame) Puerto Rican Sports Figures Latin-American Sports Figures Golf Hall of Fame
1940 Pelé (Brazilian Soccer Player) Pelé Soccer
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1950 Al Jolson (Lithuanian-born American Entertainer/Performing Artist) Al Jolson Popular Musicians Film
2002 Adolph Green (New York City-born Songwriter: American Musical Librettist) New York City Composers and Songwriters American Musicals Internet Movie Database
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1905 Actress Ethel Barrymore Appears in the Play Sunday in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Plays Internet Movie Database Minnesota Historical Society
1921 Green Bay Packers Played Their First NFL Game, Defeating the Minneapolis Marines 7-6 in Front of 6,000 Fans Green Bay, Wisconsin Minneapolis, Minnesota Football NFL Wisconsin Historical Society
1926 In Its First-Ever Football Game, University of Miami Beats the Rollins College Freshmen Squad 7-0 Florida Sports Figures University of Miami Football Rollins College Florida Historical Society
1945 Brooklyn Dodgers Announce the Signing of Jackie Robinson to Play for Their Montreal Farm Team Jackie Robinson African American Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball New York Times
1968 Bob Beamon Long Jumps World Record 29' 2.5" at Mexico City Olympics Mexico The Olympic Games Bob Beamon Famous African Americans International Track & Field Hall of Fame Historic Firsts
1970 Gary Gabelich Sets Land Speed Record of 631.367 mph in The Blue Flame Rocket-Powered Vehicle Automobile Historic Firsts History Channel
1971 Disney World Opens in Orlando, Florida Orlando, Florida Walt Disney Disney World History Channel
1972 Pippin Opens on Broadway Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1993 Toronto Blue Jays' Joe Carter Is Second Player in History to End a World Series with a Home Run Baseball Major League Baseball New York Times

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