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 - Captain Beefheart
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1941: Rock musician and singer-songwriter Captain Beefheart is born Don Glen Vliet in Glendale, Calif. He took the Captain Beefheart stage name in the mid-1960s and recorded 13 albums with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band through 1982. Although he saw little commercial success or critical acclaim during his career, he established a cult following and influenced New Wave, post-punk, experimental and alternative rock musicians before his death in 2010.

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