January 27, 1967: 50 years after the Apollo 1 fire

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I was 12 & I remember where I was and the sadness the entire nation felt!

I remember Walter Cronkite breaking in with a Special News Bulletin about it.
The first causalities of space exploration. Hero's, were they, all 3.

Except they weren't the world's first. The USSR had a similar accident but kept it secret. If they hadn't, our engineers might have chosen not to test in a pure O2 pressurized capsule.
I was in the air force and I had just received training in handling and servicing with pure oxygen. I knew the dangers of pure oxygen and why not NASA? I was mad and I uttered several flight line words.