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This Day in History: Oct. 23

In 1963, Neil Simon’s comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” starring Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford, opened on Broadway.

1707: The first Parliament of Great Britain, created by the Acts of Union between England and Scotland, held its first meeting.

1864: Forces led by Union Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis repelled Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's army in the Civil War Battle of Westport in Missouri.

1915: Tens of thousands of women paraded up Fifth Avenue in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

1942: During World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt, resulting in an Allied victory.

1944: The World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces. 

1972: The musical “Pippin” opened on Broadway.

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