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Born on this Day in History: July 20, 1938 - Natalie Wood was an American film actress. She won acclaim for her role in Miracle on 34th Street when she was only 9. A dark-haired beauty of Russian-French extraction, she successfully transitioned to teenage and adult roles in Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, Love with the Proper Stranger and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. She drowned in a boating accident.
On this Day in History: July 20, 1969 - At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy's bold proposal.