CORRECTION: The three Apollo 1 astronauts who perished in a launch pad fire 50 years ago were Lieutenant Colonel Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel Edward H. White and Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Chaffee. One of several sites used to compile this history incorrectly identified the three men.
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Muhammed Ali knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round to win the heavyweight boxing title.
Students at the University of Michigan held the first teach-in after the United States bombing of North Vietnam.
NASA halted further training for three scheduled manned space missions to overhaul the Apollo program in light of the January fire that killed Apollo 1 astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham.
American figure skater Debi Thomas — 1986 World Champion, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time U.S. National Champion — was born in Poughkeepsie, New York
“Homecoming” and “Cabaret” took home top honors at the 21st Annual Tony Awards ceremony.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)