Yes, I believe the Apollo 11 moon landing was an actual event in 1969 - the astronauts by way of the NASA Space Program did land on the moon, explore it, and return to Earth.
Don't you think the Russian and the Chinese governments at that time were not tracking this event by radar, looking for any indication that the expedition was fake so they could expose and embarrass the United States. I believe that is exactly what they were doing.They would know by way of their tracking systems, whatever they were using, whether the Command Module and the Lunar Module broke the plane of the moon's atmosphere and landed on the moon's soil (the Lunar Module).
Therefore, I conclude the Apollo 11 mission actually took place as reported. The United States had too much to lose in the way of reputation to fake this event. They could not risk it failing and being exposed as liars and cheats. In the late 1960s this would have been terrible for the country, more so than today, as the attitudes of people have changed in the light of governments being exposed for all kinds of wrongdoings, financial and otherwise.