The Eagle has landed is a popular idiomatic colloquialism, used in various situations, to describe the successful accomplishment of a certain task, in some cases resembling the expression Task Failed Successfully.
“The Eagle has landed” originates from the legendary man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, who said the phrase during the Apollo Program on July 20th, 1969, when him and his crew landed on the celestial object.
Due to the magnitude of the event, the popularity of the phrase skyrocketed, being referred to by all sorts of people in all sorts of situations.
“The Eagle has landed” turned into a staple of American culture, appearing in all sorts of contexts in the late 20th century, throughout the entirety of the Anglosphere.
It served as the title for the novel of Jack Higgins, published in 1975, and taken to the big screen by the movie adaptation of John Sturges in 1976.
“The Eagle Has Landed” is also the title of an album by the heavy metal band Saxon, which was released in 1982.
Since the end of the 1900’s, the expression has seen a decline in its use, although it is still well known today.
It was first defined on Urban Dictionary on January 28th, 2004, with numerous other entries following in the subsequent years.
- Idioms.thefreedictionary.com – The eagle has landed – Idioms by The Free Dictionary
- Quora.com – What is meant by the expression “The eagle has landed”?
- Glossophilia.org – “The eagle has landed”