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On this day: January 23

POSTED: 02:26 PM PST Jan 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 22, 2014 

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 - John Hancock
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1737: Merchant, statesman and patriot John Hancock, who served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is born in Braintree, Mass., in a part of town that eventually became the separate city of Quincy, Mass. Hancock is also remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence.

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