Occurred July 20, 1969
On July 20, 1969, American astronauts landed on the moon.
It was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Add it up, and in the curious calculus that reigns in Hollywood, that equals four stars on the Walk of Fame. Except that in the case of the Apollo 11 mission, the markers on the sidewalk are not star-shaped; they’re round.
Each plaque contains the names of the three astronauts: Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., who landed on the moon in the lunar module, and Michael Collins, who orbited above. They are honored in the television category — presumably because of the moon landing being televised and not due to any conspiracy theories about the whole event taking place in a studio.
Still, in a 2005 interview with The Times, the late Walk of Fame emcee Johnny Grant acknowledged that Apollo 11’s inclusion on Jan. 14, 1993, was a stretch, saying that a former Walk of Fame official who knew one of the astronauts was behind the choice.
— Scott Sandell for the Los Angeles Times
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