MILESTONES: January 28 birthdays for Sarah McLachlan, Amy Coney Barrett, Alan Alda
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “M*A*S*H” star Alan Alda, who was born in 1936; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who was born in 1949; “Hee Haw” star Barbi Benton, who was born in 1950; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Bass Nelson (Parliament-Funkadelic), who was born in 1951; pastor and author Rick Warren, who was born in 1954; “Major Tom” singer Peter Schilling, who was born in 1956; “The Shawshank Redemption” director Frank Darabont, who was born in 1959; “Raised on Promises” singer Sam Phillips, who was born in 1962; “I Will Remember You” singer Sarah McLachlan, who was born in 1968; rapper and record producer Rakim, who was born in 1968; humorist and actor Mo Rocca, who was born in 1969; Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett, who was born in 1972; former major league outfielder Jermaine Dye, who was born in 1974; former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who was born in 1977; NSYNC member Joey Fatone, who was born in Brooklyn in 1977; and “Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood, who was born in 1981.
SEAL OF APPROVAL: The Great Seal of the United States was authorized on this day in 1782. Congress resolved that the secretary of Congress should “keep the public seal, and cause the same to be affixed to every act, ordinance or paper, which Congress shall direct.”
AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY: The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on this day in 1986, 74 seconds into its flight and about 10 miles above the earth. Seven astronauts were killed, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was to have been the first ordinary citizen in space. Intermediate School 187 in Dyker Heights was renamed the Christa McAuliffe School in her honor.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Space is going to be commonplace.”
— teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who died on this day in 1986
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