Add Your Piece of History… 24th July

24 Jul
  • On this day in 1969.  Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, following the successful moon walk.  After launching from the moon’s surface, it took 6 hours to dock with the command module, the Columbia, piloted by astronaut Michael Collins, who had remained in orbit.  The Apollo 11 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, deployed gigantic parachutes to slow their descent, and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.  They underwent decontamination procedures where they splashed down, and were then transported by helicopters to the U.S.S. Hornet.  After this, they were quarantined in a sealed van for several weeks to ensure they were free of ‘lunar germs’.
  • On this day in 1998.  Bindi Sue Irwin was born on this day.  Bindi is an Australian teen actress, television presenter and daughter of the late Steve Irwin.  Bindi was born in Buderim, Queensland.
  • On this day in 1965.  The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’ is released.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

Apollo 11 Crew in Raft before Recovery - GPN-2...

Apollo 11 Crew in Raft before Recovery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

bindi irwin; steve irwin; crocodile hunter

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