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 - Mark Messier
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1961: Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, who played 25 years in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks, is born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points (1,887), playoff points (295) and regular season games played (1,756), and won six Stanley Cups, five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers.


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