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.
1759: The British Museum, the world's oldest public national museum, opens to the public in London, England. The public were admitted in small groups, by tickets obtained in advance, for a conducted tour. The present museum buildings date from the mid-19th century.
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