On This Day January 21
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1954 – First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christens the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), during ceremonies at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.
1970 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet enters commercial service with a Pan Am flight from New York to London. However, the departure is delayed when one of the four engines of the original aircraft catches fire and a replacement 747 is brought in.
2009 – General Motors (GM) loses the title of world’s largest automaker to rival Toyota when it announces worldwide sales of 8.36 million cars and trucks in 2008, compared to Toyota’s 8.97 million vehicle sales that same year. It marks the first time in nearly 80 years that GM did not sell the most cars in the world.
1978 – The “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack starts a 24-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. This disco “anthem,” from the movie starring John Travolta, goes on to sell more than 45 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling soundtrack album of all time.
2012 – Adele holds on to the top of the Billboard album chart with her second studio album, “21,” which yields five hit singles, including “Rolling in the Deep,” “Rumour Has It” and “Set Fire to the Rain.” The work ultimately racks up 24 weeks at No. 1 and wins Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.