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July 20, 1969, as the world watched, Apollo 11 made the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility.  Six and a half hours later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the moon.  Armstrong stepped out first, with Buzz following about 20 minutes later.  They collected almost 50 lbs of lunar material to bring back!

Neil Armstrong described the event with the infamous words, “…one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

You can view Neil’s family tree here: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Armstrong-Family-Tree-1400

Other notable events on this day:

  • 1591: English Puritan preacher Anne Hutchinson was born in Alford, England
  • 1923: Mexican General and Governor of Chihuahua, Pancho Villa, died in Parral, Mexico
  • 1964: Rock star Chris Cornell was born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1973: Martial artist Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong, Japan (can you add to his biography or help connect him to our tree?)

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You might recognize him from movies such as The Great Escape, Space Cowboys or The Notebook. James Garner was born 7 April 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma, to Weldon and Mildred (Meek) Bumgarner.

From his profile: “His mother died when he was five years old and he and his brothers were sent to live with relatives in about 1933. He returned to his father in about a year after he remarried. His step-mother was brutal and James joined the US Merchant Marines when he was 16.

At 17 James joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. While at Hollywood High School he was a model for Jantzen swim suits. He returned to Norman and attended high school, but did not graduate. He received his diploma later in the Army.”

James served with the Oklahoma National Guard during WWII where he earned two Purple Hearts.

He married Lois Josephine Fleischman Clarke,on August 17, 1956 in Los Angeles, California.  They were married for 58 years.

James starred in more than 50 movies, starred in several television series and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He died July 19, 2014, in his Los Angeles home, from a massive heart attack.

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On June 18, 1921, John Herschel Glenn, Jr., was born in Cambridge, Ohio.  41 years later, in 1962, John would become the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times.

Before becoming an astronaut, Glenn served in the Marine Corps as an aviator.  A distinguised pilot during WWII, John shot down 3 MiG-15 aircraft and was awarded 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses and Eighteen Air Medals.

After resigning from NASA in January of 1964,  John Glenn went on to become a U.S. Senator, serving for 24 years until 1999.  In 1998, while still a Senator, he flew as a crew member of the space shuttle Discovery,  and at age 78 became the oldest person to fly in space.  In 2012, John received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

You can view his family tree here: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Glenn-Family-Tree-16

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Happy Wednesday WikiTreers!

Here’s this week’s WikiTree news as well as some of our favorites picks from around the genealogy community.

Happenings Around the Tree:

Happenings Around the Genealogy Community: 

New Record Additions:

Don’t forget to check  GeneaWebinars and ConferenceKeeper for upcoming genealogy webinars, online meetings, hangouts and events.

Keep calm and source on!

 

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On 17 June 1955, the happiest place on earth was dedicated and opened in Anaheim, California.  Walt Disney came up with the concept for Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters.  He wanted a place where adults and their children could go and have fun together.  Disney and his staff also created numerous characters that are beloved still today such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and of course, Mickey Mouse.

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