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.
2009: Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot in command of US Airways Flight 1549, glides the Airbus A320-214 to an emergency landing in the Hudson River after striking a flock of Canada Geese shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and losing engine power. All 155 occupants safely evacuated the airliner, which was still virtually intact though partially submerged and slowly sinking, and were quickly rescued by nearby ferries and other watercraft.
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