2000: “This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It’s what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.” —George W. Bush, speaking during Perseverance Month at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire
1990: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV. The Broncos set records for most points allowed in a Super Bowl, as well as largest margin of defeat.
1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after takeoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven people onboard, including Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire schoolteacher who was to be the first civilian in space. An investigation would indicate that faulty O-ring gaskets caused the fatal explosion.