On this day: January 18

POSTED: 11:53 AM PST Jan 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 17, 2016 

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 - The Jeffersons
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1975: The TV sitcom "The Jeffersons," focusing on George and Louise Jefferson, an affluent black couple living in New York City played by Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford, premieres. The show was launched as a spin-off of "All in the Family," on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. The show would run through June 25, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes.


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