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Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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October 23, 1874  
Birth of Otto Rühle (1874-1943), German Marxist revolutionary.
October 23 - November 4, 1942  
In the Second Battle of El Alamein, British and German armies clash in North Africa. The battle results in the defeat of Rommel’s Afrika Korps, and puts an end to the threatened German conquest of Egypt, the Suez Canal, and the Middle Eastern oil fields.
Related Topics: North AfricaWorld War II
October 23, 1956  
Outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution. Demonstrations of students and workers march through Budapest. In the evening, police fire on unarmed demonstrators; demonstrators start seizing weapons, and fighting breaks out. The result is a revolution which overthrows the Hungarian government but is eventually crushed by the Soviet Union.
October 23, 1958  
A massive ‘bump’ in a coal mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia kills 74 miners, while another 100 are trapped underground but eventually rescued. Folk singers Peggy Seeger and Ewan McColl compose “The Ballad of Springhill” to commemorate the disaster.
October 23, 1998  
Dr. Barnett Slepian is shot to death at his home in Amherst, New York, by an anti-abortion terrorist.



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