Back To Mobile Site

On this day: January 18

Published On: Jan 17 2013 01:53:01 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 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 - Willie O'Ree
20 / 42
Boston Bruins

1958: Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the National Hockey League, makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. The Canadian-born winger would also appear in two more games that year, and came back in 1961 to play 43 games, scoring four goals and 10 assists in his NHL career overall. O'Ree spent the majority of his professional hockey career in the minor leagues, winning two scoring titles in the Western Hockey League between 1961 and 1974, scoring 30 or more goals four times.

Upload Photos / Videos