July 14, 1969……
The Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System announces that currency notes in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 would be discontinued immediately due to lack of use. Although they were issued until 1969, they were last printed in 1945.
July 15, 1957…..
The first official day of production of the automobile that would come to symbolize failure in popular culture.
First Manned Flight to Land on the Moon…..
July 16, 1969…..
Apollo 11 is launched, landing on the Moon four days later. Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21, with Buzz Aldrin following him shortly thereafter. Aldrin would later joke that while Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon, he was the first to piss his pants on the Moon. They also left behind a laser reflector which was used to prove the Moon was 131.2 feet farther away than previously believed.