Lots of things happened on January 28th but nothing more heartbreaking and devastating than this day in 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air.  I remember watching this in school as it happened.

1878 - The FIRST TELEPHONE SWITCHBOARD went online, in New Haven, Connecticut.  There were 21 subscribers and one operator, who answered the phone with, "AHOY, AHOY" . . . then, rudely put the caller on hold.

1973 - "Barnaby Jones" premiered on CBS, starring sexy LEE MERIWETHER and sexy BUDDY EBSEN!!!  Sadly, it went away in 1980.

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1978 - "Fantasy Island" premiered on ABC . . . with RICARDO MONTALBAN as Mr. Rourke, and HERVE VILLECHAIZE as Tattoo!!!  (--It lasted until 1984.)

1978 - A "true fan" of TED NUGENT made a rather unique autograph request . . . because paper deteriorates over time and ink is so messy, the fan asked The Nuge to CARVE HIS NAME INTO HIS ARM.  The Nuge obliged.

1982 - RHEA PERLMAN married DANNY DEVITO. Today is their 28th Anniversary.

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1985 - Dozens of music's top stars "left their egos at the door" and recorded a song written by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie.

--Following the American Music Awards, 45 artists including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kenny Rogers, HALL & OATES, TITO JACKSON, SHEILA E. and DAN AYKROYD spent all night recording "WE ARE THE WORLD".

--And who was the backing band for this amazing ensemble?   TOTO!!!  Toto was essential to "We Are The World" raising millions of dollars for starving people in Ethiopia.

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1986 - THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER EXPLODED.  It happened 73 seconds after liftoff, and killed all seven crew members:  flight commander Dick Scobee;  pilot Michael Smith;  Ronald McNair;  ELLISON OZINUKA;  Judith Resnik;  Gregory Jarvis;  and schoolteacher CHRISTA MCAULIFFE.

1990 - The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS destroyed the DENVER BRONCOS, 55-10, to win SUPER BOWL 24.  It was their FOURTH Super Bowl title . . . and 49ers quarterback JOE MONTANA won his third MVP award.

1994 - EDWARD JAMES OLMOS married his second wife, "Sopranos" star LORRAINE BRACCO.  They divorced eight years later, in March of 2002.

1996 - The DALLAS COWBOYS beat the PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 27-17, to win SUPER BOWL 30.  It was the Cowboys' FIFTH Super Bowl win.  Dallas cornerback LARRY BROWN intercepted two passes in the second half to be voted the game's MVP.

1998 - Country music star TRACY LAWRENCE was convicted of battery for beating his wife back in September of 1997.  He was sentenced to pay $500 to a Las Vegas shelter for battered women.

2001 - The BALTIMORE RAVENS beat the NEW YORK GIANTS, 34-7, to win SUPER BOWL 35.  Baltimore linebacker RAY LEWIS was the game's MVP.

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2001 - The first episode of "Survivor:  The Australian Outback" aired.   TINA WESSON was the winner.