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A Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   July 20, 2002 at 3:04 AM   |   Comments

Today is July 20.


On this date in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed their lunar module on the moon's surface and, hours later, Armstrong climbed out to become the first man to set foot on the moon. Armstrong's memorable comment: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,"


Twenty years later, on this date in 1989, President George Bush called for the United States to organize a long-range space program to support an orbiting space station, a Moon base and a manned mission to Mars.


Treasure hunter Mel Fisher hit pay dirt on this date in 1985 when he located a Spanish galleon sunk by a 1622 hurricane in the waters off Key West, Fla. It contained $400 million worth of treasure.


The U.S. flag was raised over Berlin on this date in 1945 as the first American troops moved in to take part in the post-World War II occupation of Germany. Eventually, Berlin would be divided into several sections depending on the occupying troops there.


The California Board of Regents voted 14-10 on this date in 1995 to end consideration of race, sex, religion, color or national origin for admission of students to state colleges and universities.


And it was on this date in 1859 that American baseball fans were charged an admission fee for the first time. 1,500 spectators each paid 50 cents to see Brooklyn play New York.


We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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