No woman, no moon

Thirty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. But the moon landing didn’t make the Library of Congress’s Today in History page, points out Tom McMahon. The only astronaut to qualify for Today in History is Sally Ride, first U.S. female in space. The July 20 page also misses the plot to kill Hitler. Instead, Today in History memorializes the baptism of evangelist Anne Marbury Hutchinson and the second day of the Seneca Falls women’s rights convention. The first day is featured on July 19.

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  1. John McHarry says:

    Just one more sign of the “dumbing down” of society. Elect me for president, and I guarantee that the dumbing down will be accelerated significantly.

  2. Bob Diethrich says:

    Not surprising at all. I remember back in the late 80’s, beofore their economy went into the toilet, when the Japanese were buying up seemingly everything in this country, their was a startling omission in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s daily almanac for the seventh day of December.

    Boy did you know that the most important event in history on that day occurred in 1862 when the New York Philharmomic played their first concert! Guess nothing else happened on December 7!

    Of course that was not as bad as the city fathers of a small town in South Carolina who were wooing a Japanese auto company to build a plant there. They covered up a statue of Jimmy Doolittle to avoid “offending” the Japanese.

    I always hoped a group of veterans went down there and tore that cover off of that statue!

  3. jeff wright says:

    Well, I think most of us who were around on July 20, 1969, recall the walk on the moon as if it were yesterday. For me, it is in the category of the Kennedy assassination as one of those events indelibly etched in the mind, i.e., recalling exactly where one was, with whom, etc., etc. In discussions with folks of my parents’ generation, it’s just like December 7, 1941. Truly world changing events only come along so often and we tend to remember them.

    Ladies, I’m sorry, but I don’t think any of the Library of Congress’s nominations meet the test. So, yes, it’s a joke, but the joke is on the very same U.S. Government that accomplished that incredible feat. Those responsible at the Library of Congress should be ashamed of themselves.

    BTW, anybody here familiar with the story about Neil Armstrong and Mr. Kowalsky?

  4. Bob Diethrich says:

    Jeff, surely you are not referring to Mr. Gorsky, not Kowalski and this urban legend?

  5. jeff wright says:

    Got me, Bob. Got the “sky” right anyway. Still a great story, though, eh?

  6. Of all the forms of PC, contemporary feminism is by far the most widespread and the most foul. Maybe the current class-action shakedown of major corporations for sexual harassment and the tragic/comic failures of mixed-sex units in Iraq will wake people up. But I doubt it.

  7. mike from oregon says:

    Actually, in these extremely stupid PC times, I’m rather surprised that the “baptism of evangelist Anne Marbury Hutchinson” was mentioned. Aren’t we afraid that the words baptism and evangelist will cause irrepairable harm to the eyes and mind of the reader? How dare they, looks like the beginning of a good lawsuit to me – call in the ACLU (the Anti Christian Lefty Union).


  1. No Woman, No Moon

    If it isn’t a feminist issue, apparently the Library of Congress thinks it doesn’t count, according to Joanne Jacobs. Jacobs notes that the moon landing didn’t make the Library of Congress’s Today in History page–nor did the plot to kill…

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