July 20, 1969: First Man Walks on the Moon

On this day in 1969, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon aboard the spaceflight Apollo 11. An estimated 600 million people, one-fifth of the world’s population at the time, watched or listened as Neil Armstrong took that momentous first step onto the moon. There he famously declared, “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Relive this historic moment with PBS NEWSHOUR’s piece on Neil Armstrong.

Photo: NASA