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Monday, July 20, 2009

Man On The Moon

40 years ago, two American men walked on the Moon. One small step for a man... opened the floodgates for pop culture references ad infinitum.

The New York Times has an overview of these flights of fancy that you can read here.

What else was happening on July 20?
  • 1944 - before we thought of walking on the Moon - Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt (known as the July 20 plot) led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
  • 1976 – The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars. How's that for an outer space follow up?
  • It must have been good vibes from Mars in 1976 – Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career.
  • 1977 – The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments, vindicating conspiracy theorists the world over and likely inspiring that Julia Roberts/Mel Gibson movie entitled Conspiracy Theory
  • 1969, Future Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook celebrates his 13th birthday.

    London Punks in Los Angeles

    If you believe they put a man on the Moon, you might enjoy watching indie-turned-superstar REM perform their song Man on the Moon with super duper star Bruce Springsteen

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