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Today In History - January 28
Challenger crew: (front row)Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee,Ronald McNair; (back row)Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe,Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik
Challenger crew: (front row)
Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee,
Ronald McNair; (back row)
Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe,
Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik
On January 28, 1986, the NASA SpaceShuttle orbiter undertaking missionSTS-51-L and the tenth flight ofSpace Shuttle Challenger (OV-099)broke apart 73 seconds into its flight,killing all seven crew members: fiveNASA astronauts, one payloadspecialist, and a civilian school teacher,Christa McAuliffe, who was tobe the first teacher in space.
On January 28, 1986, the NASA Space
Shuttle orbiter undertaking mission
STS-51-L and the tenth flight of
Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099)
broke apart 73 seconds into its flight,
killing all seven crew members: five
NASA astronauts, one payload
specialist, and a civilian school teacher,
Christa McAuliffe, who was to
be the first teacher in space.

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Today in History in 1547 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), died at age 55 and 9-year-old Edward VI succeeded him as king; and in 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard.

Historical Events

  • 1521 - Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms in Worms Germany (until May 25). Produced 'Edit of Worms' dennoucing Martin Luther
  • 1547 - 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England
  • 1807 - London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
  • 1813 - Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom.
  • 1819 - Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore
  • 1855 - The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.
  • 1887 - In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.
  • 1914 - Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated
  • 1922 - American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League"
  • 1933 - The name Pakistan is coined by Choudhary Rehmat Ali Khan and is accepted by the Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • 1958 - Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck
  • 1978 - "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
  • 1986 - NASA Space Shuttle orbiter undertaking mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members.
  • 1998 - Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million
  • 2013 - John Kerry is voted to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the United States Secretary of State

1-Eddie Sigmon

Famous Birthdays

  • 1225 - Saint Thomas Aquinas, Roccasecca Italy, Italian thelogian and saint
  • 1873 - Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], Paris, French novelist and performer (Gigi)
  • 1955 - Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris, President of France (2007-)
  • 1960 - John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • 1969 - Mo Rocca, American writer and comedian
  • 1981 - Elijah Wood, Cedar Rapids Iowa, actor (Radio Flyer, Good Son)

Famous Weddings

  • 1867 - Labor union leader Samuel Gompers (17) weds co-worker Sophia Julian (16) in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 - German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (28) weds Emma Weyer at St. Stephan Catholic Church in Lindenthal, Germany
  • 1925 - Actress Gloria Swanson (25) weds aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (26) in Paris, France
  • 1929 - Mobster Bugsy Siegel (23) weds childhood sweetheart Esta Krakower
  • 1949 - NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 - "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Famous Deaths

  • 814 - Charlemagne, German emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71
  • 1547 - Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47), dies at 55
  • 1596 - Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50
  • 1918 - John McCrae, Canadian poet/physician/soldier, dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1986 - Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik who were aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger
  • 1991 - Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

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