Eh, it’s not as if Neil Armstrong was significant or anything.
Well, at least the AP got it right. Rest in peace.
Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved U.S. pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who entranced and awed people on Earth has died. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement from his family said Saturday. It didn’t say where or when he died.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong said.
Update: Gawker snagged the original headline before the dummies fixed it.