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07/17/19 12:00pm


Apollo 11 left earth orbit and two days later would land on the moon where  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would walk on the surface.

Following a barbecue on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, Senator Edward Kennedy took a wrong turn as he headed for a ferry to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard and drove off a wooden bridge. He escaped. But the accident  resulted in the drowning death of  Mary Jo Kopechne, a former aide to his late brother, Senator Robert Kennedy.

Russia launched Sputnik 50 and Molniya 1-12,  communications satellites.

John Fairfax became the first person to row solo across the ocean, landing at Hollywood, Florida.

American actor Josh Holloway, known for major roles in “Lost,” “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and “Colony,” was born in San Jose, California

And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)