Shimla, Oct. 23 Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2003

Soong Mei-ling, the second wife of the Nationalist Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek and a powerful political figure in her own right, died at age 106.

2001

Apple introduced the iPod, a portable media player that became one of the most successful and revolutionary products of the early 2000s.

1998

American singer Britney Spears released the single …Baby One More Time, which, accompanied by a Lolita-like music video, became a huge hit and helped make her a pop star.

1956

The Hungarian Revolution began with a massive demonstration in Budapest.

1956

The International Atomic Energy Agency was created with the purpose of increasing the contribution of atomic energy to world peace.

1944

During World War II, U.S. forces under the leadership of Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., commenced a decisive air and sea battle against the Japanese on the central Philippine island of Leyte.

1942

The British, led by Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, launched a successful infantry attack against the Germans at El-Alamein, Egypt, during World War II.

1941

The Disney animated classic Dumbo had its world premiere.

1925

American comedian Johnny Carson—who, as host of The Tonight Show (1962–92), established the standard format for television chat shows—was born.


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