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On January 28th, 1986, the space shuttle "Challenger"
exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape
Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.
On this date:
In 1547, England's King Henry the Eighth died; he
was succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Edward
In 1596, English
navigator Sir Francis Drake died off the coast of
Panama; he was buried at sea.
In 1853, Cuban
revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
In 1902, the
Carnegie Institute was established in Washington
In 1909, the
United States ended direct control over Cuba.
In 1915, the Coast
Guard was created by an act of Congress.
In 1916, Louis D.
Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the
Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.
In 1945, during
World War Two, Allied supplies began reaching
China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
In 1980, six US
diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at
their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with the
help of Canadian diplomats.
In 1982, Italian
anti-terrorism forces rescued US Brigadier
General James L. Dozier, 42 days after he had
been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.
Ten years ago: The
San Francisco 49ers routed the Denver Broncos
55-to-ten in Super Bowl 24.
Five years ago:
President Clinton hosted a five-and-a-half-hour
"work session" of governors,
legislators and local officials, both Democrats
and Republicans, to discuss welfare reform.
One year ago: Ford
Motor Company announced it was buying the Volvo
car division in a $6.45 billion deal. Missouri
Governor Mel Carnahan honored a personal request
for mercy from Pope John Paul the Second, sparing
triple murderer Darrell Mease from being
"The best teacher,
until one comes to adult pupils, is not the one
who knows most, but the one who is most capable
of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of
the obvious and the wonderful which slips into
the infantile comprehension.... The best teacher
of children, in brief, is one who is essentially
H.L. Mencken, American author-journalist