On this day: January 23

Published On: Jan 22 2013 04:26:32 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2015 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 - Nell Carter
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2003: Singer and actress Nell Carter, best known for her Broadway work and for starring on the TV sitcom "Gimme a Break!", dies from heart disease complicated by diabetes at the age of 54 in Beverly Hills, California. She's seen here with co-star Joey Lawrence in a publicity photo for "Gimme a Break!"

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