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On this day: January 28

Published On: Jan 25 2013 04:20:20 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 28 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

"Pride and Prejudice" is first published, Elvis makes his national TV debut, "We Are the World" is recorded, and the space shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff, all on this day.

OTD January 28 - Challenger explosion
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1986: The space shuttle Challenger breaks apart over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe. The disaster, which occurred after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster failed at liftoff, would result in a 32-month hiatus in the shuttle program while it was investigated. Changes implemented before the next shuttle launch in September 1988 included various safety measures, solid rocket booster redesign and a new policy on management decision-making for launches.

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