1970 – Doomed Apollo 13 Launches

On this date Apollo 13, commanded by James Lovell, who graduated from high school in Milwaukee and attended the University of Wisconsin prior to his time at the United States Naval Academy,lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Two days later, an oxygen tank exploded, making it impossible to complete the intended lunar landing and jeopardizing the lives of the astronauts on board. The mission ended safely six days later. [Source: ]