National Moon Day July 20

National Moon Day July 20


National Moon Day is observed annually on July 20 and commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.   This event was reported by NASA as being “… the single greatest technological achievement of all time…”.

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon.  Armstrong was the first to step onto the lunar surface, six hours after landing and spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft.  Aldrin spent slightly less time but together they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth.  Michael Collins was the pilot of the spacecraft and remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned.

Watched by millions, the event was broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience and all witnessed as Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as one small step for [a]  man, one giant leap for mankind.”


James J. Mullaney, former Curator of Exhibits and Astronomy at Pittsburgh’s original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and Staff Astronomer at the Allegheny Observatory, says: If there’s a Columbus Day on the calendar, there certainly should be a Moon Day!”  Mr. Mullaney has been working toward making National Moon Day an official Federal holiday.  Until that happens, National Moon Day will stay on our calendar as an “unofficial” National holiday.

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Moon Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


3 Responses to “NATIONAL MOON DAY – July 20”

  1. Nick September 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    My mom created mom day and I have the newspaper article to prove it

  2. Wilfred Danielson July 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    He was not the creator of the holiday; however, my apartment mate in July 1969, Benny Cimoli, promoted “Moon Day” as “The First World Holiday.” He sent a flowery letter to, and received supporting responses from, Senator Percy (R-Illinois), Frank Borman of NASA, and Marjorie Benton of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. I received responses from Norman Cousins and Senator Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), who spoke at World Federalist meetings, In 2012, Shanil Virani of Yale U. and James Madison U. Dept. of Physics & Astronomy posted on the Internet a petition to the Congress, Senate, and President of the U.S. to “Celebrate … Make July 20 National Moon Day.” Happy Moon Day!


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