Hans Remembers -News Headlines From Sunday July 13, 1969.
- In an attempt to somehow save some face- The Soviet Union launched Luna 15 an unmanned lunar spacecraft to the Moon- three days ahead of Apollo 11’s launching. They wanted to land Luna 15 on the surface- get the first lunar soil and return back to Earth before Apollo 11. They couldn’t beat the United States with a man on the Moon so they were trying to at least get the first Moon rocks. Would they accomplish this goal? … Just a note- the this week PBS had a 3 part 6 hour documentary called “Chasing The Moon”- I would bet with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing next week- some of their stations will be repeating it. I finished watching it last night- EXCELLENT.
- The latest single by The Beatles- “The Ballad Of John and Yoko” was being banned by over 100 stations in the US due to its controversial lyrics “Christ, you know it ain’t easy.” The single would peak at #8 in the United States and would become the 17th and final #1 in the United Kingdom.
- In other religious news- the controversial Northern Ireland loyalist the Rev. Ian Paisley announces to a crowd in Loughgall, Country Antrim- “I am anti- Catholic but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system.