Aboard the Shuttle Challenger, a Landmark in Women’s History


Oct. 11, 1984: Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, aboard the shuttle Challenger, becomes the first American woman to take a space walk. Sullivan was involved in an experiment to show that it was possible to refuel satellites in space, even if the satellites weren’t intended for in-flight refueling.

Investigators using search dogs go through the burned-out remains of the Ole’s home improvement store in South Pasadena looking for victims of what was eventually determined to be arson. Glendale Fire Capt. John Leonard Orr was convicted in the fatal fire and was sentenced to life in prison. The store was rebuilt and is now an OSH.

Oct. 11, 1984, horoscope In the movie theaters: “Amadeus,” “Gremlins,” “The Karate Kid,” “Phar Lap,” “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” “The Brother From Another Planet,” “Choose Me,” “All of Me” and “Exterminator 2.” Gene Barry and Walter Charles are starring in “La Cage aux Folles” at the Pantages Theatre. Randy and Dennis Quaid are starring in “True West” and “42nd Street” is at the Shubert Theatre.

On TV: Republican Vice President George H.W. Bush debates his Democratic challenger, Geraldine Ferraro, in Philadelphia. Leo McKern appears in “Rumpole of the Bailey.” Johnny Carson’s guests: Buddy Hackett and Rosemary Clooney. On HBO: “Joe Piscopo Special!”


Ladies only! at Chippendales, 3739 Overland Ave., via Google Street View.

Is it ironic that Chippendales is now an adult day-care center?

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Aboard the Shuttle Challenger, a Landmark in Women’s History

  1. Earl Boebert says:

    John Orr deserves a segment of his own. What a creepy story.


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