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On this day: January 23

Published On: Jan 22 2013 04:26:32 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

The deadliest earthquake in recorded history hits China, Duke Ellington plays Carnegie Hall, North Korea captures a U.S. Navy ship, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first class, all on this day.

OTD January 23 - Bathyscaphe Trieste
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U.S. Naval Historical Center

1960: The Trieste, a specially constructed bathyscaphe, or deep-sea submersible, descends 35,810 feet in the Pacific Ocean into Challenger Deep, the deepest point known to exist on Earth, in the Marianas Trench near the island of Guam. Jacques Piccard, the son of the Trieste's creator, Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard, and U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh made the five-hour descent, setting a deep-diving record that has stood unchallenged since.

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