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U.S. (6/14/14) – The year was 1986, as we end the cold month of January, America faces a great tragedy with the Challenger disaster.

 

If you were in school in 1986, chances are you were sitting in class watching the American shuttle orbiter Challenger break up after 73 seconds in the air. This was a supposed to be a unique mission close to the hearts of educators and students. New Hampshire teacher, Christa McAuliffe was selected to join the NASA team and teach lessons from space to school children around the world. Unfortunately, the 10th mission for the spacecraft saw a devastating end on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986 claiming the lives of all seven aboard.

In light of the tragic event, President Ronald Reagan postponed the scheduled State of the Union speech for one week and shared his heart to the nation instead. As he ended his speech from the Oval Office he said:  “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved, ‘goodbye’ and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God."

1986 Factoids:
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.93
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.87

On July 5th the Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public after an extensive refurbishing.

Gary Gates
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