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On this day: January 15

POSTED: 03:48 PM PST Jan 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 14, 2014 

Columbus heads home from the New World, Martin Luther King Jr. is born, the first Super Bowl is played, and Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger becomes a hero, all on this day.

OTD January 15 - Meyer Lansky
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Library of Congress

1983: Russian-born gangster Meyer Lansky, who developed a gambling empire that stretched nearly across the country and played a large role in the consolidation of the criminal underworld, dies of lung cancer at the age of 80 in Miami Beach, Fla.

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