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23rd October

1642 Charles I clashed with Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads at the Battle of Edgehill.

1925 * Johnny Carson, US entertainer and chat show host.

1900 * Douglas Jardine, England cricket captain during the 'bodyline' tour of Australia (1923).

1931 * Diana Dors, English actress who starred in the film A Kid for Two Farthings (1955).

1940 * Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), legendary Brazilian soccer player.

1946 The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time.

1951 The Conservative leader, Winston Churchill, ended his election campaign by denying he was a warmonger.

1954 Britain, US, France and USSR agreed to end the occupation of Germany.

1956 A Hungarian revolt began against the Soviet leadership of their country.

1971 British soldiers killed sisters Mary Ellen Meehan and Dorothy Maguire in a car speeding towards their checkpoint in Belfast.

1983 At least 146 American marines and 27 French servicemen were killed in two separate bomb attacks on military headquarters in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

1987 British Champion jockey Lester Piggott was jailed for 3 years for tax evasion.

2001 In an historic breakthrough the IRA announced they were decommissioning their weapons.

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