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On this day: January 15

Published On: Jan 14 2013 05:48:11 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 15 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Democratic Donkey
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1870: A cartoon by Thomas Nast titled "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" appears in Harper's Weekly. Although the donkey had already been associated with the Democratic Party as early as 1837, Nast's depiction revived the symbol and popularized it for a wider audience.

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