On January 12, 1986, exactly 31 years ago today, the Columbia space shuttle was launched.
Powered by the first black American shuttle pilot, Charles Frank Bolden Jr. , the ship carried the first Hispanic American to space, Franklin Chang Diaz.
Born on August 19, 1946, Bolden, a former Administrator of NASA, retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Major General
He has also put in a number of years as a renowned astronaut with NASA.
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