1. 1969: Neil Armstrong became first man to walk on the moon.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” said Neil Armstrong on this date in 1969 as he stepped onto the surface of the moon. The moon had eluded both the United States and the Soviet Union for quite some time. But In the early hours of July 16th, the entire world watched as Apollo 11 blasted off from Kennedy Space Center heading on its 240,000 mile journey to the moon. They were able to make it in just 76 hours, which means meant they averaged over 3,100 mph over the entire trip. At roughly 4:20 p.m., the craft touched down on the lunar surface near the southwestern edge of whats known as the Sea of Tranquility. It wasn’t until a little over six hours later that Armstrong opened up the hatch and at 10:56 p.m. Armstrong spoke his famous words then planted his left foot into the powdery surface of the moon. At that instant humanity as a whole changed, we had officially accomplished some degree of space travel. About 15 minutes later Buzz Aldrin join him becoming the second man to walk on the moon. Just after 1 a.m. both astronauts were back on board the lunar module. The following day they started their ascent back to the command module and by July 24 they had safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.
2. 2012: Colorado movie theater shooting
It was on this date in 2012 when 24 year old James Holmes walked to a crowed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire. It was an early release midnight showing of the newest chapter of the Batman saga. So when Holmes snuck in through the parking lot exit door wearing black combat gear and a gas mask, some people actually though it was someone doing a theatrical spoof on the movie. He apparently was just shooting people at random, no rhyme or reason for any of it. There were a total of 12 casualties and as many as 70 more left wounded. Holmes was caught behind the theater without putting up any resistance shortly after police arrived on the scene. Holmes would later go to trial in 2013 but it was indefinitely postponed until layers on both side could agree on an insanity plea. The trial didn’t start up again until late April, 2015, but just a few short months later Holmes was sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences plus over 3,000 years, without parole.
3. 1973: Bruce Lee passed away.
It was a sad day on this date in 1973 as the young actor and martial arts extraordinaire, Bruce Lee passes away at the just 32 years old. The cause of death was said to be from a brain edema that might have been caused by an adverse reaction to prescription pain killers. There were many rumors circulating Lee’s death where he was so young. Some even believe that he was murdered by Chinese Gangsters, others that he and his family was cursed. Those rumors resurfaced years later when Lee’s son, Brandon who was 28 at the time, had followed his fathers footsteps in becoming an actor and was accidentally killed during the filming of the move The Crow. Even though Bruce Lee may have had a fairly short career in the movie business, he still starred in over 20 Chinese films, some of which became huge hits all over the world. Enter the Dragon was probably the most popular, it reached over $200 million in the box office. Unfortunately this popularity didn’t come until after Lee had passed. Both he ad his son currently rest in peace at Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery.