On This Day

What Happened on October 23, 2011

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079
  • A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.

Famous Deaths

  • Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), dies in a track accident at 24