2003 - Making it out of orbit and heading back to our planet wasn't a trip back to safety for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia. The seven highly skilled men and women had completed their mission for NASA and the 28th Columbia flight was returning to earth's surface when tragedy struck. The shuttle disintegrated when re-entering the atmosphere on the 1st of February in 2003, and the crew died.
When the shuttle was launched 16 days earlier, a piece of isolating foam holding the shuttle upright had crashed into one of its wings, forming a hole. At first, people didn't believe that this relatively soft material could've conducted such harm, but after testing the theory, it proved it did.
Columbia's last crew consisted out of seven brave people, two women and five men. Could the disaster have been averted once the Columbia was in the sky? Opinions are divided.
Had the damage been spotted and assessed, they supposedly wouldn't have been able to do the necessary repairs to change the outcome. Yet some people are confident that they could've repaired it sufficiently or could've been saved from the doomed vessel by a rescue party. Whatever the case, they didn't see it coming. Once the Columbia was up in the sky, a disaster was imminent. There is a permanent memorial for the crew in Hemphill, Texas.
360 trivial fact
CDs that belonged to members Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark were found among the debris.
On the 19th of May in 1881, the man, whose actions inspire a great deal of Turkish people, was born. Although born under the sole name of 'Mustafa', the man garnered other names and titles during his inspiring life. At school, he got the nickname Kemal, meaning 'perfection'. Perfection was exactly what he strived for and not just for himself; Mustafa Kemal Atatürk changed an entire nation. Read More >>
Ritz, guest at a palace
On the 18th of May in 1927, the Ritz Hotel in Boston opened its doors to the excited and wondering public. The Ritz already had multiple other hotels, but that didn't make this celebration any less valuable. The grand opening was highly celebrated, because the Ritz would only keep growing and opening more rooms for its guests. Read More >>
John Deere and what he held most dear
On the 17th of May in 1886, John Deere, the man who manufactured the real big farming machines passed away. His agricultural company builds and sells the goods that could alter entire landscapes. John Deere's legacy reaches as far as the eye can see. Read More >>
Congrats Henry Fonda!
One of Hollywood’s greats was born on this day. Henry Jaynes Fonda came to this world on May 16, 1905. During Fonda’s career, he appeared in 106 films and television programs. He was widely recognized as a great actor. One hundred years after his birth, Turner Classic Movies for instance honoured Fonda with a marathon of his films. The actor himself did not live to see it. He died in 1982 from heart disease. Read More >>
Cosmodrome, a glance under the dome
On the 15th of May in 1955, the cornerstone of an important space travel centre was put in place; the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The people in the space centre-to-be had all the support they needed to think bigger, further and beyond anyone's imagination. Although their headquarters stood on the solid ground of earth, the inhabitants' minds were floating wholly elsewhere; space. Read More >>
1984: Hooray for the man who changed our social lives
1950: Grand Prix, enter the circuit
1820: The bright Florence Nightingale
1981: Let’s get together and remember Bob Marley
1960: Happy birthday to Bono from U2
1967: The creation of a Fokker
1903: Paul Gauguin, who was he really?
1919: Eva Duarte aka Evita was born on this day
1961: George Clooney; an actor against all odds
1945: Let’s celebrate freedom!
1959: The first Grammy Awards were handed on this day
1933: The Godfather of Soul was born on this day
1519: Leonardo da Vinci died today
1994: Today we commemorate racing legend Ayrton Senna
1777: Gauss, the foremost of mathematicians
1980: Rest in Peace Alfred Hitchcock
1974: Penélope Cruz; cruising the world
1791: ?? ??? ·?· ··· ·, AKA Morse
1986: Chernobyl. A safety test turning into a disaster
1719: Crusoe's crusade
1942: Today we sing happy birthday to Barbra Streisand
1928: Today the famous actress Shirley Temple was born
1993: Civil rights activist Cesar Chavez died on this day
2016: Rest In Peace Prince
1912: The author of the famous horror novel Dracula died today
2005: On this day Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI
1955: Today we remember Albert Einstein
1790: A day to remember founding father Benjamin Franklin
1942: Today, 76 years ago, Frank Williams was born
1912: Today, 107 years ago, Titanic sank
1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot on this day
1860: 'You've got mail, partner'
1947: Happy birthday, talk show legend David Letterman
1960: We wish Jeremy Clarkson a Happy Birthday
1986: This is why everyone pointlessly looked up in 1986
2005: Is Prince Charles Prince Charming?
2013: The Iron Lady, in her prime
1947: Rest in peace, Henry Ford
1896: The Olympic flame that travelled to space
1950: One of the A’s of Abba celebrates today
1973: Love and hate for the most famous towers in the world
1924: Brando, sleep with the fishes
1914: 'Use the Force, Alec'
2018: ''You little bastard''
1685: Bach, the composer who went to prison
1945: Happy birthday to Eric Clapton!
1974: Secrets below our feet; the Terracotta Army
1986: The Princess of pop
1845: Mister X-ray
1827: Beethoven, a historic “rap” battle artist
1942: Respect for Aretha Franklin!
1905: Jules Verne, future seeing novelist
2011: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?
1948: Hymns of rock
1617: Pocahontas; uniting new worlds
1602: Harbouring our harbour
1813: Dr Livingstone I presume?
1956: A skiing legend was born today
1919: Do you remember Nat King Cole?
1940: The writer who gave away her Nobel Prize
-44: Julius Caesar, miracle or menace?
1932: The inventor of selfies
1979: The first steps to the Euro
1945: A young girl and her diary
1931: CEO of our knowledge
1988: The Bee Gee brother
1934: Aerospace pioneer
1983: The right dose of DOS
1872: How painting lines can put you on the Nazi blacklist
1899: Don’t do drugs, but this one is quite okay
1827: You use them everyday without thinking about it
1936: The first air ship travels the skies
1983: The Adventures of Tintin
1977: Viva la Vida
1810: ''Music has no fatherland''
1940: A racing legend raised in a refugee camp
1892: The designer of the Louis Vuitton bags died on this day
1932: Today we commemorate Johnny Cash
1841: Pierre Renoir, a struggling artist who found his place
1990: The Secret Gay Life of Malcolm Forbes
1965: Do you remember Stan Laurel?
1987: Who was Andy Warhol?
1965: Malcolm X’s life in a nutshell
1967: Kurt Cobain’s birthday
1473: Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this day
1954: Let’s boogie on the birthday of John Travolta
1963: Happy birthday Michael Jordan!
1923: Archaeologist Howard Carter opens the tomb of King Tutankhamen
1564: Famous astronomer and scientist Galilei Galilei was born on this day
1962: A tour through the White House for everybody in the world
1920: Today we can celebrate the neutrality of Switzerland
1809: The inventor of the theory of evolution was born on this day
1929: How the Vatican City became the smallest country in the world
1996: World chess champion Garry Kasparov loses game to computer
2002: The sad story of Princess Margaret
1969: A large ball of fire hits Chihuahua
1940: The day Pinocchio came to life
1935: The day buying streets and houses became a game
1952: The first ‘don’t walk’ traffic lights were installed in New York
2019: The whole world is fighting cancer
1959: ''The day the music died''
1990: ''The day I ended apartheid''
2003: They reached for the stars
1797: The little mushroom's songs
1972: Sunday Bloody Sunday
1886: Taste the feeling ...
1958: Lego, the tool for your imagination
1973: Vietnam War in a nutshell
1925: “To be an actor you have to be a child.”
1981: Today we sing happy birthday to Alicia Keys
1965: The day Winston Churchill died
1989: Salvador Dali, designer of the Chupa Chups logo
1946: The States' biggest mystery
1924: 'Sometimes – history needs a push'
1993: Audrey's legacy to the world
1736: This man invented the copy machine (and some other interesting stuff)
1955: Today it is Kevin Costner’s birthday!
1773: Captain James Cook: from farmer to legend
1853: Never getting tired of tyres
2001: Wiki, we keep on learning
1957: ''The stuff that dreams are made of''
2000: William Henry Gates III steps down from the most powerful company in the world
2010: A massive earthquake strikes Haiti
1922: The discovery of the life-saving insulin treatment
2016: There’s a music legend waiting in the sky, David Bowie
2007: How Apple changed our phones and our lives
1942: A brief history of Hawking
1999: ‘I did
not have sexual relations with that woman’
1907: Maria Montessori; A role model with perseverance
1933: The start of building the Golden Gate Bridge
1936: The first hit parade was launched in Billboard Magazine
1969: The greatest Formula One driver in the world
1953: An iconic fashion designer died
2018: Happy New Year! And congrats to all South Koreans!
2018: Have yourself a blasting New Year’s Eve
1975: A golf-legend was born today
1800: Goodyear made rubber last
1908: Earthquake kills 80.000 people
1571: Head in the clouds
1982: Computer of the year
2016: Last Christmas
1818: Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ is first sung
1888: Vincent van Gogh cuts a part of his left ear
2010: The end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the US army
1988: Final destination
1946: The magic of Uri Geller
1932: BBC, see for yourself!
1963: Happy birthday, Brad Pitt!
1989: D’oh! Today is the day the Simpsons were launched
1770: World’s most famous composer was born
1840: Napoleon finally gets his grand finale
1989: Out of control
2003: Operation Red Dawn
1915: The Golden Voice
1913: The janitor who stole The Mona Lisa from the Louvre
1799: Meters, liters and kilograms are introduced
1916: The day famous actor Kirk Douglas was born
1934: The boy next Door
1912: Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt
1768: The author of knowledge
2013: The troublemaker
1999: The slightly awkward prince
1948: The prince of darkness
1993: The end of a notorious drug lord
1953: The first copy of an iconic magazine
2013: Forever Fast and Furious
1972: World’s first successful video game!
1962: The death of princess Wilhelmina van Oranje-Nassau
1942: The day a guitar hero was born
1983: Thanks for the gold and merry Christmas
1990: The rebel of Poland
1997: The show must go on
1977: Launch of the first weather satellite
2005: Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany
1981: Dutch people united against NATO’s cruise missiles
1985: Looking through the Windows
1911: Mission: transmission
1987: Smoke Underground
1913: Wonder of the world, the Panama Canal
1974: Mamma Mia!
1990: Girl You Know It’s (not) True!
2008: Recession in Europe!
1997: Hakuna Matata! An iconic musical is born
1990: A modern emperor in a traditional house
2000: 155 people killed in a cable car
1989: Word processing gets a huge impulse
1989: Tear down this wall!
1966: Cake for Gordon Ramsay!
2000: Ingrid of Sweden; the beloved Queen of Denmark
1965: How to become president, born poor: Nixon is elected president
2014: Painting of Van Gogh sold for a record price
2008: Change has come to America
1906: The history of ‘SOS – help me’!
1982: Shooting a horror movie. As a music video ...
1512: Michelangelo’s masterpiece is exhibited for the first time
1632: Today, 486 years ago, Johannes Vermeer was baptized
2012: The day Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker became Disney heroes
2012: Today, 6 years ago, Hurricane Sandy hit New York City
1886: The history of ticker tape parades
1988: E.T. on home video
1992: A tour through history
2007: The giant multinational airliner
2003: Concorde makes its last commercial flight
2001: Music from your pocket
1906: Highway to success
1980: The media queen
1965: Beatles receive a gold record for ‘Yesterday’
1987: Black Monday; stock markets crash around the world
1968: Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas
1931: Al Capone finally convicted
1923: Hello Mickey!
1987: The Great Storm hits France and England
1940: Happy birthday Sir Cliff!
2010: Mining accident Chile comes to an end
1935: And stars were shimmering. Today was Pavarotti’s birthday.
1986: Why the Reykjavik Summit was a success after all
1963: Life in rosy hues. Today the sparrow died
1940: Tell me it’s not true!
1896: Giant surviving depressions, two World wars and Black Monday: Dow Jones
1919: KLM. The oldest airline in the world
2002: From outcast to popular prince
1962: 007’s first movie mission
2006: WikiLeaks launched by Julian Assange
1985: Space Shuttle Atlantis makes her maiden flight
1951: Every little thing he sings is magic. Happy birthday Sting!
1982: Inspirational technology: Epcot opens in Disneyworld Florida
1968: Boeing's 747 is celebrating
1988: The most flamboyant athletic of all time: Flo-Jo
2016: Fighter for peace: Shimon Peres died
1998: A phenomenon is launched: The first of search engine Google
1951: Professor Jongbloed demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
1944: Happy birthday Gordon Gekko!
1952: War between chicken and hamburger
1939: Unconsciously, Freud will always be in our minds
1964: Congratulations Fiddler on the Roof!
1958: The man who saved millions of lives
1934: Buon compleanno Sophia Loren!
1857: Scrunching or folding?
1977: First picture of moon and earth
1787: We the people ...
2008: Once upon a time ... Lehman Brothers
1978: Outside the box
1955: Tutti Frutti, aw Rooty!
2004: And you get a car! And you get a car! And you ...
1953: Jacqueline Bouvier becomes Jackie Kennedy
2001: Where were you?
1981: A masterpiece coming home
1960: A romcom legend was born
1664: The city that never sleeps wakes up
1923: The international force of justice
1997: Goodbye England's rose
1980: The Gotthard tunnel opens
1882: Thomas Edison: parasite of technology
1965: The man with tiger blood
1952: Left-handed legend
1934: MGM's first animated cartoon
1997: Death of a princess
1930: Getting rich by reading a lot
1932: Beloved Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman was born on this day
1837: The famous fermented Worcestershire Sauce
1955: You might have never heard of these crazy world records
1916: Remembering Mother Teresa
1930: Happy birthday Scottish Knight Sean Connery
1954: The end of his presidency was the end of his life
1927: World’s most famous rabbit
1978: The burning spear of Kenya
1859: Great timing
1988: The great firestorm of Yellowstone
1883: Most influential woman; Coco Chanel
1940: Walter Chrysler the car doctor
1786: Davy Crockett, the true pioneer
1977: Elvis has left the building
1057: Was Macbeth really such a bad guy?
1951: Hearst Castle, a grown up’s Disney land
1926: Fidel Castro, liberator of Cuba
-30: Cleopatra, was she really who we think she was?
1858: Without this man we might all be dead
1787: Mozart’s obsession with poop
1963: Happy birthday Whitney Houston!
1974: The White House Watergate Scandal
1876: Mata Hari, the exotic woman spy
1890: The first man killed by an electric chair
910: Vikings; peaceful farmers or cruel conquerors?
1875: Once upon a time there was a man called Hans Christian Andersen
1811: Don’t be afraid of riding an elevator
1922: Does this name ring a bell?
1981: I want my MTV
1965: We celebrate the birthday of Harry Potter and his creator
1947: Happy birthday Herr Schwarzenegger
1958: NASA, exploring space
1741: Antonio Vivaldi, one last bow
1980: The last Shah
1943: Congratulations to sir Michael Philip Jagger
1999: The most infamous rider: Lance Armstrong
1911: Finding the ‘Sacred City’ Machu Picchu