Hans Remembers- News Headlines from July 18, 1969- a very eventful day- the big story will get a separate post.
- New York Jet quarterback who tearfully announced his retirement earlier in the summer- instead of selling his interests in the Bachelor’s 3 nightclub- changed his mind and announced he would sell his interest in the club and return to the NFL.
- A ceasefire in the so called “Football War” between El Salvador and Honduras. After 100 hours of fighting both sides agreed to end hostilities at 10 PM local time in a pact brokered by the Organization of American States.
- With Apollo 11 well on its say to the Moon- President Richard Milhous Nixon’s speechwriter Bill Safire sent a memo to White House henchman – Chief Of Staff Bob Haldeman titled “In Event Of Moon Disaster.” They were going where no one had gone before- landing on the Moon- at best many thought there was a 50/50 chance of success in landing- and once they landed- would they be able to get back off the Moon? That was a huge concern- landing successfully but not being able to get off the Moon once they were there. It wasn’t a slam dunk there were a lot of risks. Nixon never had to use the statement which started “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace would stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice. “
- Actress Barbara Pepper died of a heart attack at the age of 54. She is best remembered as Doris Ziffel in the 60’s sitcom ‘Green Acres.”