DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Neil Armstrong (aged 82)
American astronaut; first human to walk on the Moon
Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
DEATH: Armstrong underwent bypass surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve coronary disease. Although he was reportedly recovering well, he developed complications in the hospital and died on August 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio, aged 82. The White House released a statement in which President Obama described Armstrong as “among the greatest of American heroes—not just of his time, but of all time”. It went on to say that Armstrong had carried the aspirations of the United States’ citizens and had delivered “a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.”