July 16: Apollo 11 Lifts Off!

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JULY 16, 1969 — APOLLO 11 LIFTS OFF!

The first manned trip to the Moon takes off and the Atomic Age begins with the detonation of the first plutonium bomb. Also on July 16, the first European paper money is issued (it fails), and the world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City.

Orville Redenbacher, Roald Amundsen, Ginger Rogers, and Shoeless Joe Jackson were born on July 16; JFK Jr., Mary Todd Lincoln, and Harry Chapin died. Sometimes July 16 is Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day or International Surfing Day, but it’s always National Ice Cream Day as well as World Snake Day. July’s birthstone is the ruby, birth flowers are water lily and larkspur, the birth tree is elm, and the July 16 zodiac sign is Cancer.

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