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.
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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