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The Day the Music Died

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, together with their pilot Roger Peterson, perish in a violent…

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A High and Noble Purpose

On February 1, 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) disintegrates upon reentering Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.The disaster was the second fatal accident in…

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Abolition Codified

On January 31, 1865, the US House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution by a vote of 119-56, abolishing slavery in the…

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The Class of ’36

On January 29, 1936, the National Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy…

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The Surly Bonds of Earth

On January 28, 1986, during NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L, the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-99) breaks apart 73 seconds into its flight,…

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The Calamitous Apollo 1

On January 27, 1967, during a pre-flight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission, a flash fire savagely claimed the lives…

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