On this day: January 15

POSTED: 03:48 PM PST Jan 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 14, 2016 

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 - Gerald Ford
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1976: President Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison. Moore was standing in a crowd across the street from the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco about 40 feet away from Ford when she fired a single shot from a .38-caliber revolver. She missed and was about to shoot again when she was subdued by a bystander. Moore was released from prison on parole at the age of 77 on Dec. 31, 2007, after serving 32 years of her life sentence.


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