- Neil Armstrong died. He was the first man on the moon, having commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969.
- A terrible explosion occured at the Amuay oil refinery near Punto Fijo, Venezuela.
The short story is that I watched the moon on July 20, 1969, from Punto Fijo, Venezuela.
My father was working at that oil refinery at the time. He spent 2 years there, before the oil industry was nationalized in Venezuela. I had just finished school and was spending the summer in visiting my parents. (In fact I spent much of the next 5 years in Venezuela.)
I do remember the night of July 20, 1969 – going outside from a party to gaze at the moon, thinking that this was an event to remember. And I remember the oil refinery, which was the reason
most all of us were there. Two refineries were always in the background. Whether Venezuelan, American, Canadian, Dutch, Spanish or Italian, almost everyone in the area had some association with the 2 big oil refineries.
You might think that the terrain looks harsh and unpleasant – even like a moonscape! I loved the desert. I’d like to go visit again, but the political and social climate in Venezuela nowadays don’t seem to be very welcoming and there are so many other places to go! Too bad.
My brother found this link to a blog about current affairs in Venezuela.
- 24 dead, dozens hurt in explosion at huge Venezuela oil refinery (photoblog.nbcnews.com)