There’s a historical milestone in the fact that our Apollo 11 landing on the moon took place a mere 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. —Buzz Aldrin

July 20, 1969 — Apollo 11’s crew—Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin—make the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility.

Aviation is proof that given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
—Eddie Rickenbacker

July 19, 1963 – Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 meters (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude

Dad, I’m in some trouble. There’s been an accident and you’re going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.
—Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy

July 18, 1969 — A car driven by Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard. His passenger,

This is not fifty men on trial for mutiny. This is the Navy on trial for its whole vicious policy towards Negroes— Negroes in the Navy don’t mind

July 17, 1944 – Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing