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On This Day: January 12

Aviation events for January 12

1830: The founding of a new organization, which in 1831 would become the Royal Astronomical Society, by John Herschel, Charles Babbage, James South, and several others. The RAS has published it's Monthly Notices continuously since 1831.
1866: The Aeronautical Society of Great Britain is founded in London (later to become the Royal Aeronautical Society) and is still in existence today.
1929: First U.S. air mail stamped envelopes are available for sale.
1961: First Italian launching of scientific sounding rocket in cooperative program with United States, a Nike-Cajun launched from a range in Sardinia to a height of over 100 miles, and released a cloud of sodium vapor visible for many miles.
1970: A Pan Am Boeing 747, on a proving flight from New York, is the first wide-bodied airliner to make a landing at Heathrow Airport in London.
1975: British Airways begins Europe's first no-booking shuttle service, between London and Glasgow.
1979: Pilatus Aircraft acquires Britten-Norman.
1986: 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched.
1997: Space Shuttle STS 81 (Atlantis 18), launches into space.
2005: Deep Impact spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral.

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