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.
1974: With '50s nostalgia trending, the sitcom "Happy Days" premieres on television with "Rock Around The Clock" as its theme song. The show would run for 11 seasons, spawning two hit TV spin-offs in "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy" along the way, before ending on Sept. 24, 1984.
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