Have you ever visited a historical place, such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon or Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and imagined seeing them at that moment hundreds of years ago as you stand in their homes? I often find myself doing that on any random day – wondering what happened fifty or a hundred years ago on this particular day at this specific moment in time. So for those who share this curiosity, here is a look back at what happened on July 20. Some events are magic, some are tragic, some are uplifting, and others are terrifying. So let’s turn back the calendar.
Fifty-three years ago, on July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m., six hundred million people worldwide watched and heard Neil Armstrong say these immortal words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle and into history books as the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. followed Armstrong out of the Eagle to be the second human to step onto the moon. Michael Collins remained in the module.
Forty-two years ago, on this day in 1975, the Viking 1 lander touched down on the red sands of Mars and sent back 1,400 images of the Martian surface. The Viking 1 mission occurred on the seventh anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Forty-nine years ago, on this day, Bruce Lee, the famous actor and martial arts expert, died from a brain edema thought to have been caused by a reaction to prescription pain killers. Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967). Several years later, Lee became a movie star in Asia before returning to America to write, direct, and star in Enter The Dragon (1973). The movie was a box office hit. Lee died shortly after.
Hitler escaped death seventy-eight years ago on July 20 when high-level officials concluded that Hilter must be eliminated. Following his death, they would take over the government in a coup de tat and save Germany from total destruction at the hands of the allies. During a planned conference, a conspirator planted a suitcase bomb under a table where maps would be read. Hitler stood at the table reading the map when another official (not a conspirator) moved the suitcase farther away so he could have a spot at the table. The result was four people were killed, but Hitler was only injured. He was well enough to keep a meeting with Mussolini later in the day.
July was tragic and terrifying ten years ago in 2012 when mass shooter James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. This was the deadliest mass shooting in America since the columbine high school shooting in 1999 when 12 people were killed.
I hope you enjoyed this look at July 20 in the rearview mirror. Come back next week for another excursion back in time.
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Source : https://rightwirereport.com/2022/07/20/time-machine-for-july-20th-a-look-back-at-what-happened-on-this-day-in-history/