The Space Shuttle Tragedy

January 28th 1986

The Space Shuttle Tragedy

This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of modern history’s most dramatic disasters. The Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew set out on a space voyage that seemed routine for NASA on January 28th 1986, when a ruptured O-ring in the right solid rocket boaster caused a massive explosion, just 73 seconds after the Challenger was launched. In the midst of the break up of…

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High Speed World Record Attempt Ends in Tragedy

January 4th 1967

High Speed World Record Attempt Ends in Tragedy.

Briton Donald Campbell lost his life doing what he loved best on January 4th 1967. He lost control of his all-metal turbo jet engine speedboat, Bluebird K7, which bounced three times before somersaulting into the air and crashing into the water at very high-speed. Campbell was killed instantly in the accident. Campbell lived under the huge shadow of his famous father, Sir Malcolm Campbell, a successful high-speed racer, who held various land and water speed records in the 1920s and 30s. Sir Malcolm doubted whether his son could emulate his success, but Donald was determined…

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Brothers in Arms – The Siblings Who Went to War

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The movie Saving Private Ryan was much feted when it was first released for its realistic depiction of the sheer terror experienced by those who took part in the D-Day landings on Normandy’s ‘Omaha Beach’.

The plot – which centres around the bid to find Pvt Ryan, the sole survivor of four siblings who went to war, and to bring him to safety – mirrors actual events.

The Sullivans on board the USS Juneau (left to right)  Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George. The Sullivans on board the USS Juneau (left to right) Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George.

At a time when men, women and children were being blown to pieces in the Second World War, there was one tragedy, which occurred in 1942, that gave even the most battle-scarred soldiers and citizens to pause and give thanks that they had been spared such pain.

In November 1942, the cruiser USS Juineau was in the South Pacific when it was torpedoed. On board were five…

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