Archive for July 20th, 2010

(July 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  Moon Day

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Moon Day

Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed

Celebrating the 41st anniversary of the first human landing on the moon by the crew of Apollo 11.

Led by commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins, Apollo 11 blasted off from Earth on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, while Collins circled above in lunar orbit. On the following day, July 21, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin followed shortly becoming the 2nd human to walk on the moon.

The video above features President John F. Kennedy making his historic call for American spaceflight followed by Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon.

(July 20) Today we're observing . . .  Tisha B’Av

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Tisha B’Av (Jewish – Fast of Ab)
This Jewish holiday, which began last night at sundown, mourns the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE. Many commemorate the day by fasting and by reciting a mournful liturgy.

photo credit: via flickr

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