Jan-27: Remembrance, Memorial and Fire

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.  It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

 

1967

Apollo 1 Disaster

Apollo 1 was the first manned mission of the U.S. Apollo manned lunar landing program.  The planned low Earth orbital test of the Apollo Command/Service Module never made its target launch date of February 21, 1967, because a cabin fire during a launch rehearsal test on January 27 killed all three crew members—Command Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee—and destroyed the Command Module. 

 

1984

Michael Jackson’s Hair Catches Fire

On January 27, 1984, Michael and other members of the Jacksons filmed a Pepsi Cola commercial in which pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson’s hair on fire, causing second-degree burns to his scalp. Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars on his scalp. The burn fueled what some have called a “downward spiral” of addiction to pain medication that ultimately contributed to his untimely death.

 

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