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The Apollo 11 Moon Landing – 1969

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was plastered on headlines the day after the Apollo 11 moon landing. But on July 20, 1969, television networks united to broadcast one of the most significant feats in humankind, Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to step foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing - 1969
NASA/AFP via Getty Images
NASA/AFP via Getty Images

Not that news anchors were able to say much. Walter Cronkite, for example, was sitting at the CBS desk and was able to say little more than, “Oh, boy!” The broadcast from the shuttle’s cameras back down to Earth showcased the epitome of human achievement.