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8:41am on Monday, 20th July, 2009:
Forty years ago today was not a monumental day in human history. Forty years ago tomorrow was — Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the moon (although he wasn't exactly barefoot at the time). So why are so many TV programmes and newspaper pieces celebrating today as the anniversary?
Well, it was indeed on 20th July, 1969, that Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon's surface and uttered those immortal words, "As the — the surface is fine and powdery."; it was if you lived in Houston, Texas, that is. Here in the UK, it was almost 4 hours into July 21st. We were on BST at the time (for the whole year, in fact), so by GMT it was 2:56:15. Either way, it was July 21st, not July 20th.
What's the point of having a universal co-ordinated time if you're still going to use Texas time for the moon?
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