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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:08 PM
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How many "oh s***" moments have we had in the last 100 years?
I am seeking the wisdom of my elders in an attempt to put the last 10 years in perspective.

It seems like the last 10 years offered three real "oh s***" moments that changed our country: September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, and this oil spill.

What are some of the other moments in the last 100 years?

Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, the assassinations of the '60's, and Chernobyl are the only four that are coming to my mind. (Yes, the Great Depression, World War II, and Vietnam sucked, but from my young perspective, those seem more like ongoing catastrophes than single, defining moments.)

Is it just me, or has the last decade had more crisis moments for the US than just about any other decade since the founding?

Talk me down, please.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:09 PM
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1. The '60s were pretty bad.
That was my "oh s***" decade.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:12 PM
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2. FDR's death
Edited on Mon Jun-14-10 07:14 PM by izquierdista
Everyone stopped in their tracks for that. To a similar extent, when Reagan got shot, it was an "oh shit, what are we in for now?" until he came out of surgery ok.

(edited to add For me, when Reagan was elected it was "oh shit, what are we in for now?" and Dubya's appointment by the Supremes, but that was more an Oh fuck!)
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:13 PM
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3. Well, you mention Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, but then mention WWII seperately.
But it was Pearl Harbor that started WWII (at least from the US perspective) and Hiroshima that effectively ended it (whatever your feelings on the act of using a nuclear bomb itself)

So there's your ongoing catastrophe sandwiched between two slices of Oh Shit, I guess.

Makes me kinda nervous about what sort of fucked up event will end this bullshit called "the war on terra". :scared:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:28 PM
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10. Would that make WWII a shit sandwich?
:P
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:15 PM
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4. Three Mile Island, Love Canal



The Y2K Florida Selection.

The Truman / Dewey election.

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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:19 PM
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5. We've had space exploration disasters
The Columbia and Challenger space shuttles should come to mind, and Apollo's 1 and 13 are there, too. No, they didn't make a movie about Apollo 1, but we lost three astronauts in a fire at the top of a rocket in 1967 that was a crushing blow to the soaring space program that was to take us to the moon.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:35 PM
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11. I remember where I was when Challenger blew up
and while on the small level it was certainly good for an "oh shit," I'm talking about moments where the future of the country as it has been seems gravely in doubt.

For example, in the aftermath of September 11th, a lot of people were wondering if we were going to get into a World War II-type war; in the aftermath of Katrina, a lot of people were wondering if New Orleans was going to be a viable community; and now a lot of people are wondering if the Gulf will EVER recover or if it will be dead.

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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 10:33 PM
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18. OK, maybe Challenger was not on that level
but Apollo 1 was. The space race was a proxy war with the Russians, and they had only launched Sputnik a decade before. President Kennedy had committed us to landing men on the moon, and he had only been assassinated barely more than three years before the Apollo 1 tragedy.

It was America's first loss of life in the space program, and it challenged us to our core, that maybe we couldn't accomplish everything we set out to do. Vietnam seemed quite winnable to the country at that point in time, and it shook the US to see national failure, where one had not been seen within living memory.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 10:46 PM
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19. I hear ya on that
It's still amazing to me that the Soviet Union is done for.

Gorbachev going on vacation to the Crimea might be such a game changer, and one that I remember well.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:19 PM
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6. The 2000 election aftermath
that lasted for eight years and will impact negatively for generations.

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:20 PM
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7. Mt St Helens, The Tsunami, Loma Prieta, Exxon Valdez
Other oil spills. The Kuyahoga River Fire has always been one for me. A river can get so polluted it fucking burns???!!!??? I was around 12, holy shit.

There was a special a few years ago on an underground radioactive waste tunnel. Massive fucking thing on a reservation in New Mexico. Another Holy Shit for me and why I am opposed to nuclear power.

Egads, the rivers in China that don't flow because of computer parts.

Oh man, don't get me started.

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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:22 PM
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8. too many to list
are you speaking of America only or world wide?

The burning of the Reichstag and the assassination of the Austrian Duke were more of an oh shit moment than Pearl Harbor.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:36 PM
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12. World wide is good
Were those "oh shit" at the moment, or was it only later that they were seen as pivotal moments in history?
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:40 PM
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13. The assassination of the Duke was "oh shit" at the time
but the Reichstag's burning was probably not. Good point.
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:26 PM
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9. politically, Watergate
seemed to really open up the eyes of a lot of people outside of the anti-war/"hippie" movement. Even every day housewives were pissed off.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:40 PM
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14. Good call
Definitely changed the landscape, and not for the better. :(
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:42 PM
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15. The Cuban Missile Crisis.
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pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:49 PM
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17. Excellent example that also demonstrated the possibilities of leadership nt
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 11:00 PM
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22. Yes, that was a big one
The whole world nearly disappeared in WW III at that time. It really does make the current Gulf of Mexico crisis seem small by comparison.
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Itchinjim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:48 PM
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16. The assassination on 28 June 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
The grand daddy of "Oh shit!" moments of the last hundred years. WW1 set the stage for practically every "Oh shit!" moment that came after it.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 12:56 AM
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26. LOL, I was gonna say the same thing.
Though I was gonna call it the MOTHER of all Oh-Shits. :P
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 10:48 PM
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20. Well my grandma was very afraid during Sputnik
They thought the Russians were going to use space weapons or something.
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 10:49 PM
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21. How about the civil rights struggle? People being killed, attacked with dogs, unrest across the
nation...
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 12:08 AM
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23. That unfolded over a period of time
but for many people, it was a protracted "oh shit" moment. Good call.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 12:27 AM
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24. The Palomares incident.




That caused a lot of tense moments in the early 60's. And there are still effects to this day.





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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 12:45 AM
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25. Oh shit!
I was not previously aware of this, but thanks for educating me.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 01:04 AM
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27. I should also qualify
and say that there have been several earthquakes in my lifetime that were shocking.

Oklahoma City was also awful.
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