July 20 is celebrated as the National Moon Day every year because it was back on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first-ever human to land on Moon. The day was declared in 1971 by the then US President Richard Nixon to honour the historic lunar landing.
According to NASA, Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were the astronauts on Apollo 11. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. They landed on the moon in the Lunar Module called the Eagle. Collins stayed in orbit around the moon where he did several experiments and also took pictures.
Moreover, the astronauts also left a sign on the moon that says, “here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” Neil Armstrong and Aldrin walked around for three hours and also picked up bits of moon dirt and rocks. The two astronauts returned to orbit, joining Collins. On July 24, 1969, all three astronauts came back to Earth safely.
For those unaware, it was John F. Kennedy (also known as JFK), an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination near the end of his third year in office in 1963. It was President Kennedy’s wish to land humans on the moon. Back in 1961, the United States had just started attempting to put people in space. That’s when Apollo 11’s mission decided to land humans on the moon.