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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:46 AM
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Do you remember where you were when...
The "this day in history" got this started...

What was the FIRST major historic event that you remember where you were?

For me, it was when Reagan was shot - I came home from elementary school to see it on the news...
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:49 AM
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1. I *sorta* remember Watergate
It was all over the news every night...I kept waiting for them to show a picture of this "water" gate cos I thought that sounded like it'd look cool. :D
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micrometer_50 Donating Member (367 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:49 AM
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2. Sputnik
At the family dinner table as a young boy.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:50 AM
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3. maybe not major, but the very first news story I remember is the death
of Harry Truman. I was in the bedroom my sisters and I shared at our grandmother's house on Daisy in Long Beach, CA, looking at the story on a little B&W television. Somehow that event is associated in my memory with the dime, and for a very long time I thought it was Truman whose profile is on the ten cent piece.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:51 AM
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4. I was alive for Sputnik, but it happened when I was 11 months old...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 11:54 AM by Richardo
So for actual memory it would have to be JFK's assassination for me (my 7th birthday :().
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:54 AM
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8. JFK's assassination
is my mom's b'day too.
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:56 AM
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12. I was 8 days old when Sputnik happened.
I'm a Space Baby in more ways than one.

For me, it would also have to be JFK's assassination.
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ze_dscherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:52 AM
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5. Man landing on the moon
We went over to our neighbours to watch it - didn't have a TV until several years later.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:53 AM
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6. JFK's Election in 1960
I remember it vividly. I vaguely remember "The Day the Music Died" in 1959 - I was in Kindergarten at the time.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:53 AM
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7. Ditto on Reagan.
Just came home, except for me it was kindergarten.
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:55 AM
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10. Was kindergarten not in elementary school?
It was for me - and I might have been in it then - I just don't remember and I didn't feel like trying to figure it out.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:00 PM
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13. Not for me.
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:05 PM
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14. weirdo.
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 12:11 PM by kick-ass-bob
Actually I figured it out. I was in 2nd grade.
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LSdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:54 AM
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9. I remember the coup against Gorbechev
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Horushawk Donating Member (78 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:56 AM
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11. Elvis Died
I was 8 O8)
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:06 PM
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15. JFK assassination
Girls locker room, 7th grade, after phys ed class. People mostly either stunned or weeping.
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:15 PM
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21. Also JFK, also at the end of phys ed, in the locker room
This kid that was a well-known liar, and he told us two impossible things: that the President had been shot, and that our supermacho gym teacher was crying. Both were true.

6th grade.

Then the whole country shut down for days, right through the funeral.

I saw Lee Harvey Oswald get shot by Jack Ruby on live television, a couple of days later.
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naturalselection Donating Member (236 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:08 PM
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16. Space Shuttle Challenger explosion
I was eating lunch at school when the principal came in and told everyone.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:10 PM
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17. Moon landing
It is one of my earliest memories.
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Feathered Fish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:10 PM
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18. Pierre Trudeau signing the Charter in '82
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:11 PM
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19. When John Lennon was assassinated.
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:13 PM
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20. The day that Elvis died
I remember playing his 45's on an old turntable and BAWLING.
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jswordy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:19 PM
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22. Watching the funeral of JFK is my first
Nov. 25, 1963

Then I remember hearing about Bobby dying on the radio as my mom drove us to a public swimming pool...that would have been June 6, 1968.
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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:35 PM
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23. The first Gulf War is the first major event I honestly remember
I was in the first grade, and I kept wondering if "they" were going to kill President Bush.

I really envy those of you who have experienced so much more of American history, especially those of my parents' and grandparents' generations.
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:36 PM
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24. The Challenger explosion.
I was five.
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:44 PM
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25. I remember watching the moon landing in the basement with
my parents. I was a few months short of my 4th birthday.
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RUDUing2 Donating Member (968 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:44 PM
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26. 1967...the first heart transplant...I was 6.
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