Sunday, January 28, 2007

This day in history: 28th January

1986: Explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

On this day in 1986, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after its liftoff from Florida, killing all seven aboard, including a schoolteacher who was the first private citizen to fly on a shuttle.

1915:
Congress created the U.S. Coast Guard by combining the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

1912:
American painter Jackson Pollock, a leading exponent of Abstract Expressionism who received widespread publicity and serious recognition for the radical poured, or “drip,” technique he used to create his major works, was born.

1881:
Russian novelist and short-story writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky died in St. Petersburg.

1873:

French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was born in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye.

1871:
The French capital, Paris, fell following a four-month siege during the Franco-German War.

1457:

King Henry VII of England, who succeeded in ending the Wars of the Roses, was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

1814:

Charlemagne, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, died at Aachen (Germany).


from encyclopedia britannica

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