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  • USA
    Wednesday Dec 18, 1968

    Steven Spielberg

    The Opportunity

    Wednesday Dec 18, 1968

    While still a student, he was offered a small unpaid intern job at Universal Studios with the editing department. He was later given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35 mm, Amblin', which he wrote and directed. Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards, and offered Spielberg a seven-year directing contract. It made him the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio.He subsequently dropped out of college to begin professionally directing TV productions with Universal.

  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 23, 1968

    Neil Armstrong

    Slayton offered Armstrong the Post of Commander of Apollo 11

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 23, 1968

    After Armstrong served as backup commander for Apollo 8, Slayton offered him the post of commander of Apollo 11 on December 23, 1968, as Apollo 8 orbited the Moon.