Historic Quotes That Most People Get Wrong

One of the things people remember the most about famous figures from history or pop culture is what they said during their lifetime. Their iconic quotes are often placed in history books or online to highlight who they truly were as public figures.

However, there are quite a few quotes that have either been misinterpreted or not written as they were spoken. These can range from lines in popular movies or television shows, speeches from activists, and research done by some of the world’s top innovators. People have been getting these quotes wrong for a long time.

What Neil Armstrong Actually Said During The Moon Landing

neil armstrong in the Apollo 11 lunar module
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Man first stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11 mission took many months of preparation and ended up being one of the most-watched television events in history. Neil Armstrong had to prepare what he’d say as he and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon.

Armstrong was quoted saying, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He actually said, “That’s one small step for a man.” The “a” was not audible in his transmission and wasn’t initially reported during the live broadcast. There are some theories as to why audiences didn’t hear it such as his accent or static.