May 14, 2012 8:20pm

May 14: Skylab Space Station Launch 1973

1973 Skylab Space Station Launches America’s first space station, Skylab, was built to be a base for manned flights.  Astronauts utilized Skylab for extended stays and experiments. In 1979, the station lost orbit and burned up in the atmosphere; parts of the space station fell… Read More »

Apr 16, 2012 7:11pm

April 16: Apollo 16 Launch 1972; Virginia Tech Massacre 2007

1947 Texas City Explosion A small industrial port city in Texas City, Texas, was devastated and 600 people were killed when the freight ship Grandcamp caught fire.  Ammonium nitrate in the ship created a blast large enough to destroy nearby houses and start new fires… Read More »

Apr 13, 2012 7:02pm

April 13: Oxygen Tank Explodes on Apollo 13

1970 Apollo 13 in Trouble An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, causing the shuttle to lose electricity.  The lunar mission was aborted as NASA scrambled to bring the astronauts home safely.  Astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert and Fred W. Haise successfully splashed… Read More »

Apr 5, 2012 8:31pm

April 5: Berlin Disco Bombing 1986; Peter Jennings’ Cancer Announcement 2005

1986 Berlin Disco Bombed An American soldier and a Turkish woman were killed when a bomb exploded at a packed West Berlin nightclub.   2005 Peter Jennings’ Lung Cancer Announcement ABC News anchor told “World News Tonight” viewers he has cancer.   2010 West Virginia… Read More »

Apr 4, 2012 6:24pm

April 4: Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated 1968

1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated The 39-year-old civil rights activist was shot by James Earl Ray outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.  Martin Luther King Jr. had been in Memphis for a sanitation workers’ strike. King led and supported… Read More »

Apr 3, 2012 5:06pm

April 3: Unabomber Arrested in Montana 1996

1996 Unabomber Suspect Arrested On April 3, 1996, Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski was arrested at his remote cabin in Montana.  The FBI was able to trace both Kaczynski’s motives and his meticulous bomb construction to zero in on him and his bomb-making campaign against universities… Read More »

Mar 30, 2012 4:38pm

March 30: President Reagan Assassination Attempt 1981

1972 Easter Offensive in Vietnam Heavy fighting broke out when North Vietnamese forces crossed into South Vietnam.   1979 Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident Pennsylvania residents feared radiation after a nuclear reactor accident which began on March 28, 1979.  The reactor core overheated, causing a… Read More »

Mar 27, 2012 9:07pm

March 27: NCAA Basketball Tournament Begins 1939

First NCAA Basketball Tournament March Madness dates back to 1939, when the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament was held. The University of Oregon beat Ohio State in the first championship game on March 27, 1939, with a low score of 46-33.  Eighteen teams participated in… Read More »

Mar 23, 2012 6:15pm

March 23: Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ Missile Defense 1983

1983 ‘Star Wars’ Missile Defense President Reagan announced a plan to intercept nuclear missiles in space.  In his address to the nation, Reagan talked about Soviet military build-up and the threat of communism. The anti-missile proposal was known as the “Star Wars” Initiative.   2001… Read More »

Mar 21, 2012 10:26pm

March 21: JFK on Sanctions Against Cuba 1963

1963 U.S. Sanctions on Cuba JFK addressed sanctions on Cuba and alliances with Central American nations.   1980 Olympic Boycott Dispute President Carter told athletes they could not attend the Moscow Summer Olympics.   1999 Hot Air Balloon Record Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard flew around the… Read More »