July 20, 1969

There are those moments when you recall where were you when ______ happened. The attack on Pearl Harbor, The end of World War II, the Kennedy Assassination, the Moon Landing, 9/11, the Challenger and Columbia disasters. In a heartbeat, we recall where we were, who we were with, and how it felt to witness history.

I was almost six years old when the news showed the first pictures from the moon. I was enthralled. I was going to be the first female astronaut. I was going to help colonize the moon. I wanted to be a part of history too. It was that kind of moment. If we could put a man on the moon, what else could we accomplish? The sky’s the limit was never more true than that day in the summer of ’69.

Where were you that day?


Jill James, romance writer and all-around dreamer