On this day: September 18

Published On: Sep 17 2012 06:16:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

America takes out its first loan, The New York Times and the United States Air Force are born, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies, and "The Guiding Light" ends after 72 years, all on this day.

OTD September 18 - Joseph Kittinger Jr
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U.S. Air Force

1984: Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

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