Forty years ago today...at this very moment

And in all seriousness, it was 40 years ago today that this happened (on a Wednesday, as Star Trek oddly enough predicted two years ahead of time). Here are some quotes regarding the moon landing, including the disc of pre-recorded comments from around the world:

Hello Neil and Buzz, I am talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House, and this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made from the White House.

I just can’t tell you how proud we all are of what you have done. For every American this has to be the proudest day of our lives, and for people all over the world I am sure that they, too, join with Americans in recognizing what an immense feat this is.
Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man’s world, and as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to earth.

For one priceless moment in the whole history of man all the people on this earth are truly one—one in their pride in what you have done and one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth.
- President Richard M. Nixon
Man has conquered the moon and widened his horizons. The spaceship Apollo 11 is touching down on the surface of the moon and the first human beings are setting foot on it. The landing on the moon is the culminating achievement of a great scientific effort. That which could be captured only by the boldest imagination has now become a reality. With this historic event a new era in the life of mankind begins, and further achievements in the space world are certain to follow. We express our admiration to the valiant astronauts of Apollo 11 and to all those whose work made the conquest of space possible.
- Archbishop Makarios, President of Cyprus
May He whose glory the heavens declare grant that mankind may grow in the knowledge of His purposes as we probe into the secrets of His universe.
- Hugh Lawson Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica
Your bold venture commands admiration of government and people of Mauritius wish you God’s speed and happy perfect landing. Safe return.
- Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Maruitius

Update, 5:05pm:
And finally: way to go Buzz!