On this day: January 23

POSTED: 02:26 PM PST Jan 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 22, 2015 

The deadliest earthquake in recorded history hits China, Duke Ellington plays Carnegie Hall, North Korea captures a U.S. Navy ship, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first class, all on this day.

OTD January 23 - Sergei Eisenstein
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1898: Pioneering film director Sergei Eisenstein, best known for his silent films "Strike," "Battleship Potemkin" and "October," is born in Riga, Latvia, in what was then the Russian Empire. He died of a heart attack at age 50 on Feb. 11, 1948.


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