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 - plane landing on ship
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U.S. Naval Historical Center

1911: Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco Bay, marking the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. Two months earlier, Ely had performed the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia, taking off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher aircraft.

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