On this day: January 22

POSTED: 03:48 AM PST Jan 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 21, 2015 

The Supreme Court decides Roe v. Wade, the Boeing 747 flies for the first time, Apple introduces its Macintosh computer in a Super Bowl ad, and the Unabomber pleads guilty, all on this day.

OTD January 21 - Boeing 747
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1970: The first wide body jet goes into service as the Pan American Airways Boeing 747 flies its first flight between New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport and Heathrow Airport in London, England. The "jumbo jet" had a cabin almost twice as wide as a 707 and a length of 231 feet. With the ability to carry more than 400 passengers more than 5,500 miles, the 747 opened up economic long-distance travel to the masses.


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