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 - Meyer Lansky
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1983: Russian-born gangster Meyer Lansky, who developed a gambling empire that stretched nearly across the country and played a large role in the consolidation of the criminal underworld, dies of lung cancer at the age of 80 in Miami Beach, Fla.

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