On This Day

What Happened on January 28, 1986

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • "Uptown... It's Hot!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Angolan Unity Leader 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jessica Ennis, English heptathlete
  • 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