Phil Keoghan, host, The Amazing Race
At 10:56 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong exited “the Eagle,” Apollo 11’s lunar module, and entered the history books. As half a billion people watched live from Earth, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.
Brian Wolly, digital editor, Smithsonian magazine
By voluntarily stepping down from the presidency after two terms, George Washington did his part to keep the United States from becoming an autocracy. His farewell address laid out an exemplary vision for the country he helped build, forewarning against messy international entanglements and petty domestic disputes. In short, Washington taught us how to say goodbye.
Michael Finkel, author, The Stranger in the Woods
It’s a three-way tie between Jesus (who left society to wander alone in the Sinai desert for 40 days), Muhammad (who retreated to a cave near Mecca), and Buddha (who meditated beneath a pipal tree in India). After their exits, each founded a religion. More than 4 billion people now follow one of these faiths.
Sacha Zimmerman, senior editor, The Atlantic
Elvis, of course, famously left the building.
Jen Kirkman, comedian and author, I Know What I’m Doing—And Other Lies I Tell Myself (out in paperback April 24)