On This Day

What Happened on January 28, 1986

Historical Events

  • "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Angolan revolutionary and leader of UNITA, Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.

USAUSS Challenger Explodes

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, with all 7 crew members killed, including Christa McAuliffe who was to be the first teacher in space

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The Space Shuttle Challenger moments after it exploded above Cape Canveral on January 28, 1986
The Space Shuttle Challenger moments after it exploded above Cape Canveral on January 28, 1986
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Famous Birthdays

  • Jessica Ennis, English athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 2012; World C'ship gold 2009, 11, 15), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Shruti Haasan, Indian actress

Famous Deaths

  • Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), dies in Challenger at 40
  • Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35
1986 Highlights

About January 28, 1986

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 34 years, 10 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aquarius