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 - Minnesota Fats
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1996: Professional billiards player Minnesota Fats, at one time the most publicly recognized pool player in the United States, dies at the age of 82 in Nashville, Tenn. Fats, whose real name was Rudolf Wanderone, adopted his nickname from a character in the 1961 film "The Hustler," claiming that the character was based on him. He parlayed the association with the film into his own book deals and television appearances.

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