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.
1948: Rock singer Ronnie Van Zant (third from left), best known as the lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1964 until his death along with two other band members in a 1977 plane crash, is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
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