1/28/2023 12:11:00 AM 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
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.
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
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)
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