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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 - Roots
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1977: The TV mini-series "Roots," based on Alex Haley's novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," begins airing. The series finale, broadcast on Jan. 30, 1977, still holds a record as the third-highest-rated U.S. television program ever. The series would go on to earn 36 Emmy nominations, winning nine.

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