This Day in History

46 years ago today, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon and Neil Armstrong took “one giant leap for mankind.” The following day, the story held the best piece of newspaper real estate nationwide, including on this July 21, 1969 issue of The Wenatchee World.

The front page of The Wenatchee World, July 21, 1969-- "Man on the Moon"
The front page of The Wenatchee World, July 21, 1969– “Man on the Moon!”

National news stories in the issue include the charging of Ted Kennedy for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, the death of Reverend A.D. King, and a day of little activity in Vietnam. Local news stories include the dedication of Lake Pateros, pictures of local brides, and 3 recent drownings.

Two of the weddings that were announced in the paper.
Two of the weddings that were announced in the paper.

Included at the bottom of page one was a box detailing what life was like nationwide and locally at the time of the moon landing. The attempt to cover many aspects of life in Wenatchee and the United States in general sounds almost like something out of a watered-down history textbook. The population of Wenatchee was a mere 19,000, and a quart of milk cost 30 cents.

This is the way it was on EARTH-- But was it?
This is the way it was on EARTH– But was it?

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