Hans Remembers- Sunday May 18, 1969- Apollo 10 launched from Cape Kennedy at 12:49 PM. Apollo 10 would be the dress rehearsal for the big one in two months- Apollo 11 which would be the mission that would put man on the Moon. President Kennedy’s goal back in the early 60’s was to go to the Moon and safely return by the end of the decade- that goal was close to being accomplished. The three astronauts on this mission were Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan and John Young- they were scheduled to orbit the Moon and take pictures of the Sea of Tranquility where the Apollo 11 module was to land.
- Born on this day fifty years ago singer and actress Martika -born Marta Marrero in Whittier, California- Milhous Nixon territory. Her biggest hit was “Toy Soldiers” which went to #1 in the summer of 1989.
- On this day Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers became the first player in 28 years to steal three bases in sequence in the same inning when he stole second base, third base and home.