HIGHER AND HIGHER

July 20 in history:

July 20th of 1921 was the first day of regular air mail service between New York and San Francisco.

On this day in 1976, Viking I became the first spacecraft to land successfully on Mars.  The Viking landing occurred on the seventh anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon.  July 20th, 1969 was the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface and left the first human footprints in the moon dust during the Apollo 11 mission.

Triviazoids creator Brad Williams with Josh Holloway on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Triviazoids creator Brad Williams with Josh Holloway on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Actor Josh Holloway was born on the day of the Apollo landing in 1969.  Holloway’s best-known character is a passenger on a fateful flight that crash-lands on an island.  He played Sawyer on the TV survival drama “Lost.”

Another actor well-known for a sci-fi series died on July 20th, 2005:  James Doohan, engineer Scotty of the Starship Enterprise on “Star Trek.”  Doohan’s ashes have been sent into space on more than one occasion.

And July 20th is the birthday of a man who went high places without being in an airplane or spacecraft:  Mount Everest conqueror Edmund Hillary (born 1919).

 

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