Two American men landed on the moon 50 years ago today. The Examiner carried the news of the trip day by day.

Wednesday, July 16 – “Apollo Off on Historic Flight”

Cape Kennedy – UPI – Apollo 11, carrying three astronauts and the dreams of humanity, blasted off for the moon today on a historic voyage to place the footprints of man in the dust of an alien world. “We're looking good,” command pilot Neil A. Armstrong said as he and his crewmen, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, thundered into space exactly on time at 8:32 a.m. (local time), the culmination of eight years of toil.

Thursday, July 17 – “Apollo Speeds Unerringly of Epic Journey”

Friday, July 18 – “Astronauts Ready to Start Check for Moon Landing

Saturday, July 19 – “LEM Set for Lunar Landing”

The landing was on Sunday night. The following afternoon, the paper’s lead headline was “Astronauts leave the moon.”

Space Center, Houston (UPI) – Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. safely blasted off from the moon's surface today to begin their voyage home from man's first conquest of an alien world. “Eagle is in safe orbit,” Armstrong reported 7½ minutes after their moonship stirred the lunar dust with its rocket engine and roared from the Sea of Tranquility. The two American astronauts spent 21 hours walking, exploring and collecting 80 pounds of priceless lunar rocks.

 

From The Independence Examiner during the week of July 14-19, 1919:

“TO PAVE OR NOT TO PAVE” – It may have been due to the midsummer heat; it may have been due to a lack of ready cash; or to both causes; but whatever the reason the session of the city council Tuesday night was marked by considerable acrimonious argument, as one attache of the council expressed it, they spent most of the time “jowering.”

The improvement of West Lexington Street is still in the air. Last week the council decided to lay a surface of asphaltic concrete. Tuesday night, John Lewis, a property owner, protested that this was not what he and other petitioners wanted; they had asked for sheet asphalt. They did not want the other. Mayor Ott also reported that he had had a conference with officials of the Kansas City Railways Company, in which they had raised objections.

“GAS IN COUNTY” – Boring for oil on the Green Ragan place in Washington township, a few miles south of Raytown on the Blue Ridge road, a Kansas City company struck a heavy flow of gas Wednesday. A two inch pipe was laid for several hundred feet from the well and the gas lighted and was burning last night, making a fire the size of a city building.

“TRAFFIC RULES IGNORED” – As traffic rules are ignored on the country roads many accidents occur. Marshal Hoffman has inaugurated a campaign to get better regulation. Marshall Hoffman said that he will equip his motor car with a siren horn and search light as part of the campaign which he instituted last night, and when a driver hears that shriek he must either stop or suffer the consequences.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox