This Day in history: January 28, 1986. Where were you?

  • andreduce

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    Jan 28, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    From Wikipedia:

    The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on Tuesday, January 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, United States, at 11:38 a.m. EST (16:38 UTC).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE

    I was barely a twinkle in my mothers eye when this happened. So obviously, I wasn't really anywhere. But when it happened, my mother, who teaches grade school, was in detention with a student, and from what I remember my mom saying about it, the kid (who was already trouble) apparently said after the explosion, "Good, another teacher's dead..."

    Yeah he got in more trouble.

    So I ask you all, where were you on this very sad day?
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:52 PM GMT


    My BF at the time and I had gotten our pics taken for passes at Expo 86 in Vancouver where we lived.

    We caught this on the news.

    ...a week or two later we began hearing the jokes about it from the guys coming up to visit from the US.

    -Doug
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    Jan 28, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Ack. Those jokes about the colour of the astronauts' eyes being "blew" being the worst.

    To answer the OP's question: I was playing hooky from Jr High. I remember my mom coming to my room in tears about it - I was too shocked for a few days to really react.
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    Jan 29, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    I was in preschool. icon_confused.gif
  • shag91607

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    Jan 29, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    I remember it pretty well, 1st grade and I was home with the chicken pox so my mom took the day off of work and we were watching the Challenger go up (like most young boys I had an astronaut fantasy) on television when the explosion happened. I was to young to really understand or realize the gravity of the situation, but I vividly remember it.
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    Jan 29, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    I was 1 years old. Living overseas with my family.... obviously I dont remember it at all. But it was clearly a tragic moment in history. RIP to all!
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    Jan 29, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    wish i knew.. wasn't born yet.... I can't imagine what it would be like to watch it on tv back then in '86- must have been hard.
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    Jan 29, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    I had just come back home for lunch from my first post-college job at the EPA in Ann Arbor, Michigan, fixed a sandwich, turned on the TV, and watched the explosion happen LIVE. I knew something was wrong well before they said anything.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 29, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    I was at the University of Missouir in my fraternity bedroom ironing a shirt. I will never forget the moment.
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    Jan 29, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    I wasn't born yet... icon_surprised.gif
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    I was a Freshman in High School in Biology Class. That is when I heard and I remember the talk that maybe the Soviets were involved (they were not of course), but it was still the cold war. I felt sad because of the teacher being on board. I also remember the break up of the Shuttle in 2003. Sadly the last mission will be flown this year. I wish they would keep the program
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    9th grade science class.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    paulflexes said9th grade science class.


    Damn, dude, I thought we were about the same age. I was a year out of college then. ;-)
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    at work. We watched it on TV in a small room.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 29, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    I was in school at the time and heard about it after class and had gone to my part time job in a western store. I'll never forget even where I was standing in the store when it happened.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    I live in Orlando which is about 40 miles west of Cape Canaveral. If you look to the east, you can usually spot the vapor trail of any shuttle or rocket launch from the Cape.

    That morning I was at work and most people generally go outside to see the launch, but we didn't. At that time, shuttle launches were pretty regular so it was, "if you have seen one...." The radio near my desk was soon buzzing about an explosion on board the spacecraft. Soon, we were to learn that there was a tragedy. Initially, there was the hope all of the astronauts parachuted to safety, but discovered later all had perished.

    It was quite cold that morning as it was hovering near 32 degrees and the focus was on the fueling of the rocket booster, then came the O ring theory.

    Shortly thereafter, Florida's first "charity oriented" licence plate was issued to commemorate those that died that day. I had one on my vehicle then and today, that has evolved to one remembering those that have perished on Challenger and Columbia.

    Then:

    challengerplate2larger.jpg


    Now:

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    Jan 29, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    I wasn't even a thought yet. I guess half my chromosomes were in my mom's ovaries, but the other half hadn't been made yet since, well, sperm don't live very long but eggs are always there. Science yay!
  • luvs2travel

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    Jan 29, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    I was in my school's lunchroom and Prince's "Raspberry Beret" was interrupted with the news. A teacher from my school was one of the finalists to be on the shuttle. freaky
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    I was in elementary school in West Point, New York. They had three classes of kids huddled in a room watching it on tv. After the accident the teachers panicked and shut off the tv.
    I remember the teachers looking at me funny cause as soon as it happened I said, "Well that wasn't supposed to happen." I wanted to watch the news commentary, but the teachers all rushed the kids back to class and tried to pretend like nothing happened.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    I not sure where my mother was, but I was with her. I wasn't even born yet.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    hungup8 saidwish i knew.. wasn't born yet.... I can't imagine what it would be like to watch it on tv back then in '86- must have been hard.


    Way back in the dark ages when there was no (public) internet, many phones still had rotary dials, and TV screens were more squarish than rectangular, and had dials to change all 13 VHF channels icon_biggrin.gif

  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 29, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    paulflexes said9th grade science class.


    Damn, dude, I thought we were about the same age. I was a year out of college then. ;-)


    So now we're making fun of 20 year old 9th Graders?
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    I watched it on the news before I went to work, I was 21 at the time. It was surreal... not quite as bad as 9/11 but sort of the same feeling.
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    alphatriggerTV screens were more squarish than rectangular, and had dials to change all 13 VHF channels icon_biggrin.gif


    13? I remember only getting 6 - but we lived in the boonies. I remember my grandparents had cable and got maybe 40?
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    Jan 29, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    I was vacationing with my parents and brother in St. Thomas USVI. We were able to get away during the school year.

    At the hotel where we were staying at that time, the TV only got a few US channels and one of them was CNN. So we were bombarded with the footage over and over and over again.