Monday, July 20, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed
World History and Hallmark Ornament Trivia
The Eagle has Landed and the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament that celebrates the event.

Forty years ago, I was one of an estimated 600 million people that watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television.* Once astronauts Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin were ready to go outside, the Eagle was depressurized, the hatch was opened and Armstrong made his way down the ladder first. He placed his left foot on the surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the following:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." These words marked forever an historic moment for the entire world!

In 1994 the Hallmark Ornament "The Eagle Has Landed" celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the first lunar landing. It features the sound of Neil Armstrong's voice repeating his famous "one small step" message. This ornament available is available at .

A valuable "licensing" lesson was learned when Neil Armstrong sued Hallmark Cards in 1994 for using his name and a recording of the "one small step" quote in the ornament without his permission. The lawsuit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money which Armstrong donated to Purdue University.

Enjoy this historic anniversary and little piece of Hallmark Ornament Trivia today. And, visit us often at ,


*An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. (Source: Guinness World Records)

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