January 28, 1986: The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off, killing all seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.
One of those “Where were you when you heard?” generational mileposts.
I heard it on the local all-news station while preparing a lesson for an IRS training class in LA’s mid-Wilshire area. It was awful news, both for the lives lost, and the questions it raised about continuing the manned space program.
After 28 years memories, even if they were accurate to begin with, can blur. Here is an interesting commentary at NBC News on “7 myths about the Challenger disaster”. Well, six myths and a copyediting complaint. He pedantically says one of the myths is that the shuttle “exploded.” If he is technically correct in saying so, he overlooks that we who use the word “exploded” have seen the video and the fireball. “The Challenger exploded” is an idiom, not an NTSB report.