July 21, 1969
Although he never got to see it, President John F. Kennedy’s goal of, “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth,” as stated in 1961, was achieved on this day in 1969 when the Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. After taking off from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on the moon on this date. Armstrong uttered his famous words, “One small step for man. one giant leap for mankind” on this date.