On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1969

Historical Events

  • 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles

Historic ExpeditionApollo 11 Bootprint

Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module

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Buzz Aldrin's bootprint, one of the first steps taken on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin's bootprint, one of the first steps taken on the Moon
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Famous Birthdays

  • Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist
  • Josh Holloway, American actor
  • Tobi Vail, American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies), born in Auburn, Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), dies at 40
1969 Highlights

About July 20, 1969

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 6 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Cancer