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NEWS | Jan. 26, 2011

This week in Navy history

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Jan. 23, 1960 - The bathyscaph Trieste descended to the deepest part of the ocean, the Marianas Trench.

Jan. 24, 1991 - Helicopters from USS Leftwich and USS Nicholas recaptured the first Kuwaiti territory from the Iraqis.

Jan. 25, 1963 - The 1st Seabee Technical Assistance Team arrived in Vietnam.

Jan. 26, 1913 - The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the Chapel of the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

Jan. 27, 1967 - A fire broke out in the Apollo I command module at Cape Kennedy during a simulated countdown, killing Lunar Module Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee and Air Force Lt. Cols. Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White.

Jan. 28, 1986 - The space shuttle Challenger exploded killing Navy Cmdr. Michael Smith and six other astronauts.

Jan. 29, 1943 - The  two-day battle of Rennell Island began after which U.S. transports reached Guadalcanal.