July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

Where were you on that day? Did you watch the blurry but mind-blowing television coverage?


Visit the NASA site. Of course there are those who say the whole thing was faked.

Opinion polls taken in various locations have shown that between 6% and 20% of Americans and 28% of Russians surveyed believe that the manned landings were faked. Even as late as 2001, the Fox television network documentary Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? claimed NASA faked the first landing in 1969 to win the Space Race.

I know where I was that day: in an upstairs room at Cronulla High where a TV had been set up and classes suspended so we could all watch.

Yesterday at Diggers I had a chat with someone who also recalled seeing the landing on TV – back in camp in Vietnam after a time out “in the bush”, as he put it. Bit of a contrast to my day.

24 May 1969 WO2 Keith Payne, also a company commander with a mobile strike force, earns the AATTV’s fourth Victoria Cross.

06 June 1969 The Battle of Binh Bah — Two companies from 5 RAR, supported by APC and Tank troops and Australian helicopter gunships, engage in house-to-house fighting to clear the town of a strong force of NVA regulars. The fighting destroys much of the town and costs the NVA more than 100 dead for the loss of one Australian.

August 1969 Morgan Gallup Poll finds 55% want Australians brought home from Vietnam.

3 September 1969 Ho Chi Minh dies in Hanoi, aged 79.

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