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5 Fun Facts About January 28 In District Of Columbia History

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1. In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28th. The shuttle disintegrated 73 seconds after the launch, killing all seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.

2. On January 28, 1915, the U.S. Congress passed the Coast Guard Act, which created the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the military.

3. In 1963, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to encourage the advancement of civil rights and racial equality.

4. On January 28, 1987, the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXII, defeating the Denver Broncos 42-10 at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium.

5. In 1853, the United States Department of the Interior was established on January 28th, with the purpose of managing and protecting the country's natural resources and cultural heritage.
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