Houston, Texas (JFK+50) The space shuttle Columbia broke up on reentry eleven years ago today, February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven astronauts on board.
During launch of January 16, 2003, a piece of foam insulation broke away from the propellant tank and hit the edge of Columbia's left wing.
Wind and heat caused the wing to blow off during the forces of reentry into the earth's atmosphere.
President George W. Bush said:
"These astronauts knew the dangers and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life."
UN CONDEMNED RED CHINESE AGGRESSION
New York City (JFK+50) The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution 63 years ago today, February 1, 1951, by a vote of 44 to 7 condemning the People's Republic of China for acts of aggression in Korea.
This was the 1st action of its kind by the world organization.
In December 1950, thousands of Chinese troops crossed the Yalu River into North Korea to fight UN forces which had driven North Korean troops out of South Korea.
The resolution called for China to...
"cease hostilities against United Nations forces and to withdraw from Korea."*
The Korean Conflict would continue for another 2 years.
NIXON ANNOUNCED CANDIDACY IN 1968
Richard M. Nixon officially announced 46 years ago today, February 1, 1968, that he planned to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
In 1962, after Mr. Nixon had been defeated by Edmund G. "Pat" Brown for the governorship of California, he announced to the press:
"Gentlemen, this is my last press conference. Just think, you won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."
Six years later, Nixon was once again on the campaign trail.
Mr. Nixon would win the 1968 Republican nomination and go on to defeat Hubert Humphrey in the general election.
KING OF PORTUGAL AND SON KILLED IN LISBON
Lisbon, Portugal (JFK+50) King Carlos I of Portugal and his son, Luis Filpe, were killed today by revolutionaries while riding in an open car through the streets of Lisbon 106 years ago today, February 1, 1908.
Carlos had been king since 1889.
Severe economic hardship led to revolts in 1906 and again in 1908.
The King's surviving son, Manoel, would be forced to abdicate and flee to England in October 1910.