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This Week in History

A Directionally Challenged Flight, A New Hall of Famer and a Western Classic

-- On July 18, 1938: Douglas "Wrong-Way" Corrigan "mistakenly" landed his airplane at Baldonnell Aerodome in County Dublin, Ireland, after a 28-hour, 13-minute flight that began in New York. Corrigan had worked as a mechanic on the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane that Charles Lindbergh used in his 1927 transatlantic flight. Later, Corrigan purchased and modified his own plane preparing it for a transatlantic flight. However, when Corrigan applied for permission to fly overseas, his application was denied because officials did not believe that his plane could make the journey. He was authorized to fly his plane back to California, but instead, he flew his plane over the Atlantic and landed in Ireland, claiming he had made a navigational error. Corrigan's pilot license was suspended for a very short time, and he and his plane returned to New York via ship. Whether Corrigan accidentally flew in the wrong direction as he publicly claimed or he intentionally flew across the Atlantic Ocean, his daring flight was celebrated by the public. He received a ticker-tape parade in New York and met President Roosevelt at the White House. Corrigan's autobiography, called That's My Story, was published in December 1938, and his flight inspired a film called The Flying Irishman, in which Corrigan starred as himself.

-- On July 23, 1962: Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Robinson began his major league career in 1947, playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first black player in major league baseball in the 20th century. Robinson was known for his exceptional skills at stealing bases. He successfully stole 197 bases during his major league career, 19 of which were at home plate, including a famous steal during Game 1 of the 1955 World Series. In 1997, Major League Baseball honored Robinson by having his jersey number, 42, retired throughout the entire league.

-- On July 24, 1952: The film High Noon starring Gary Cooper was released. Cooper won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Marshall Will Kane. The recently married Marshall Kane must decide whether to leave town with his new wife or confront the outlaw, Frank Miller (played by Ian MacDonald), who was arriving on the noon train. Grace Kelly played his wife, Amy Fowler Kane, in the film.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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