On this day: January 18

Published: Jan 17 2013 02:53:01 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

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.

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1733: A white bear cub, captured in Greenland, is exhibited for the first time in the U.S. The 9-month-old cub, named Ursa Major, was shown in a cage at Clark's Wharf in Boston's north end.

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