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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 - Martin Luther King
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1929: Martin Luther King Jr., the American civil rights leader and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, is born in Atlanta, Ga. King, who would be assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in his honor in 1986.

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