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
  • 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
  • Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.

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, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger
  • Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35