History: January 28, 2019

1878

The Yale Daily News publishes its first issue.

Since its founding, it’s become the longest-running college newspaper in the country.

It would become a platform for many influential journalists. William F. Buckley leveraged his
success at the paper into both a book and the founding of his magazine, National Review.

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1917

The search of Pancho Villa ends after 11 months.

Villa was a Mexican revolutionary who rejected the established Mexican government. After the
U.S. recognized the Mexican government, Villa and his loyalists raided several American towns
on the Southwest frontier, and became a wanted man.

After being unable to find him, the American government gave up on trying to find and capture
him.

He would be assassinated 3 years later in Mexico by Mexican nationalists.

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1985

“We Are The World” is first recorded.

Producer Quincy Jones brought together the world’s biggest artists to record a charity song for
famine relief in Ethiopia. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

The artists included any big name, including Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, and many, many more.

 

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Of course it doesn’t quite compare to “Kidney Now’s” fundraiser for the inestimable Jimmy Carter researcher Milton Greene.

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1986

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes during takeoff.

Only 73 seconds after initial launch, the shuttle blew apart during its ascent into space.
Millions watched the event unfold live on television.

The mission had been repeatedly scrubbed over the course of 6 days, due to bad weather. It
was determined that a leak in one of the fuel tanks caused a larger explosion that destroyed the
entire vessel.

NASA would not pursue another space mission for more than two more years. Tragically, and
ironically, the explosion happened one day after the 19th anniversary of the Apollo 1 launchpad
fire.

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