16th July ( 1969 ) Apollo 11 astronauts were launched into space on a Saturn 5 rocket launched from Cape Kennedy at 9:32 a.m. hoping to be the first men to land on the moon.
The crew consisted of
Neil Armstrong, Commander
Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot
Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot
It's estimated more than a million people watched the launch at Cape Kennedy in Florida. Apollo 11 is scheduled to make it's moon landing in four days time on Sunday 20 July if all goes well.
Some dates in history live in world history , the date of the Apollo 11 launch and the subsequent landing of a man on the moon are one of those times when not only Americans but people in all countries around the world where radio or TV provided access for people to watch and listen to these moments in history that showed the reason why man has achieved and continues so achieve many great leaps forward in technology. I suspect most who are old enough and lucky enough to have lived on this historic week have vivid memories of this special period in our history. Steve