23rd October

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2002 Chechen rebels take 700 hostage Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theatre taking 700 people hostage.
2001 IRA weapons decommissioning starts The IRA announces that it has begun decommissioning its weapons.
1998 Land for Peace agreement Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PLO leader Yasir Arafat sign a land-for-peace agreement at the White House in Washington DC.
1987 Lester Piggott is jailed Former champion jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for three years for tax evasion.
1983 Bomb attacks in Lebanon At least 146 American marines and 27 French servicemen are killed in two separate bomb attacks on military headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon.
1971 Two women shot at Belfast checkpoint British troops fire on a car speeding through a check point, killing the two women occupants.
1956 Hungary demands freedom In Hungary, tens of thousands take to the streets to demand freedom from Soviet rule
1946 United Nations meets in New York The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in New York; in Flushing Meadow.
1942 Britain launches offensive at El Alamein Britain launches a major offensive against German and Italian forces at El Alamein in Egypt.
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