On This Day October 23
1999 – “Smooth,” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, begins a 12-week ride on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The single goes on to capture Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammys.
1989 – A thunderous series of explosions at the Phillips 66 refinery in Pasadena, Texas, outside Houston, kills 23 employees and injures more than 130 others. The blasts pack the force of a 3.5-magnitude earthquake. The ensuing fires take nearly 10 hours to extinguish.
2002 – Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theater and take close to a thousand people hostage during the sold-out performance of a popular musical. By the time the siege ends, the attackers and 130 hostages are dead.