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Remembering NASA’s ‘Challenger’ Crew 28 Years After The Fatal Launch [VIDEO]

I can't believe it was 28 years ago today that Space Shuttle Challenger launched its tenth and final mission, resulting in the death of all seven crew members. I remember watching the tragic event on TV as a kid. Today, and always, we remember the crew:

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Observe “Moment Of Silence” On October 20th In Remembrance Of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant [VIDEO]

October 20, 1977 was the day Southern Rock literally crashed. A small plane carrying the band Lynyrd Skynyrd fell out of the sky and ended the original group's short but brilliant career. Founding member, frontman and lyricist Ronnie Van Zant will be remembered, 35 years later, with a "moment of silence".

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Olaf Growald, Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for June 11 – Timothy McVeigh Executed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

1963 – Alabama Gov. George Wallace unsuccessfully tries to physically block two black students from registering at the University of Alabama (More info)

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This Day in History for June 3 – Tiananmen Square Crackdown Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1937 – The Duke of Windsor marries American divorcee Wallis Simpson (More info)

1956 – City authorities in Santa Cruz, Ca. announce a ban on rock music at public gatherings (More info)

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Jeff Swensen, Getty Images
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This Day in History for May 2 – Osama bin Laden is Killed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1939 – Lou Gehrig establishes a major-league baseball record by playing his 2,130th consecutive game (More info)

1945 – The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin during World War Two (More info)

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This Day in History for April 30 – Hitler Commits Suicide and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803 – France sells the Louisiana territory and adjoining lands to the US as part of the Louisiana Purchase (More info)

1939 – Commercial television makes its official US debut, broadcasting from the Empire State Building at the New York World’s Fair (More info)

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This Day in History for April 26 – Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln (More info)

1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established (More info)

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Marc Piscotty, Getty Images
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This Day in History for April 20 – Columbine Massacre and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the US Army in order to command the forces of Virginia (More info)

1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie isolate radium (More info)

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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This Day in History for April 19 – Oklahoma City Bombing and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1775 – American Revolutionary War begins (More info)

1897 – The first Boston Marathon is run (More info)

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Arnold Genthe, Getty Images
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This Day in History for April 18 – Great San Francisco Earthquake and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid (More info)

1775 – Paul Revere rides to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops (More info)

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This Day in History for April 17 – Ford Mustang Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the ‘Canterbury Tales’ for the first time at the court of Richard II (More info)

1961 – A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro (More info)

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This Day in History for April 16 – Cronkite Becomes Anchor and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1943 – The hallucinogenic effects of LSD are discovered (More info)

1962 – Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News,’ going on to become “the most trusted man in America” (More info)

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” while incarcerated there for protesting against segregation (More info)

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