On this day: January 18

Published On: Jan 17 2013 01:53:01 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Three B-52s become the first aircraft to circle the globe non-stop, Willie O'Ree breaks the NHL's color barrier, "The Jeffersons" premieres, and Jim Thorpe gets his Olympic medals back, all on this day.

OTD January 18 - Legionnaire's Disease
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1977: Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control announce that they had sufficient laboratory evidence to implicate a previously unknown strain of bacteria as the cause of Legionnaire's Disease, now named Legionella pneumophila. An outbreak of the potentially fatal infectious disease in Philadelphia in 1976, largely among people attending a state convention of the American Legion, led to the name "Legionnaires' Disease." After the bacteria causing the illness was named, the name of the illness was changed to legionellosis.

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