On this day: January 28

POSTED: 02:20 PM PST Jan 25, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 27, 2014 

"Pride and Prejudice" is first published, Elvis makes his national TV debut, "We Are the World" is recorded, and the space shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff, all on this day.

OTD January 28 - Jackson Pollock
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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

1912: Painter Jackson Pollock, a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement who was well known for his uniquely defined style of drip painting, is born in Cody, Wyo. He died at age 44 in a single-car drunken driving accident on Aug. 11, 1956, in Springs, N.Y. One of his passengers, Edith Metzger, was also killed in the accident.

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