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For me... assassination of JFK.

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I remember many of them but the one that has haunted me for a lifetime is the murder of JFK. I read books about all this for over 20 years.

DenoPenno Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

I don't know if you have been to Dallas but they have a memorial museum that is quite good.

@DenoPenno, you might want to read what I posted about that.


Alan Shepard's Mercury flight.

Byrdsfan Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

I loved anything space related.

@BeeHappy And Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. My dad loved science and history so he made sure to follow flight and space especially.


The Challenger explosion.

Hastur Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

That was heart wrenching.

I was horrible. It was one of those moments when you remember where you were when you first heard the terrible news.

@balou I remember that because my kids had seen it on TV at school(a teacher at their school had been to space camp); they ran to the car and that’s how I found out.
Same with 9/11; I remember every detail about that terrible day.


I was tiny but I remember watching Nixon resign and my mother was crying.

Knitfreak Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

I was 13 or so. The image of Nixon getting in the helicopter: vivid.

@CarolinaGirl60 I'll never forget it. There was a sadness in my house. I wonder what she will do this time... you know, when cheeto is forced out smile009.gif

I was an adult by then but I remember.

@Knitfreak Yes, it was sad in ours as well. That was what started me on the road to being the cynic I am today, that feeling of shattered trust. The Vietnam war was not too long over...then !boom! Watergate and the resignation. I was around 13-14.
A lot happened in that time period: the war, protests, finally the cease-fire, truths about the war coming to light, veterans were very vocal, Roe v Wade passed.


The eruption of Mount St. Helens, although I remember it less for it being on the news and more for a Sunday morning that turned back into night...and stayed that way all day.

greyeyed123 Level 6 Mar 11, 2019

Wow, how close were you? Did you need to evacuate?

I wasn’t far from St Helens and was watching morning tv when the interruption of the news showing the rivers flooded with debris and ash.

I stood up and went to the dining room window and it was all ash and smoke across the river.

@BeeHappy People tend to forget that ash covered a huge area. I was in the Eastern half of the state. I remember it looked like a giant black mud puddle inching across the sky from the west about 8-9 in the morning. By 10 or 11 AM, it was dark outside again. We had a pear tree about 10 feet outside the kitchen window. We couldn't see it again until about 6 at night. But the sun did not show its face again that day.


I was born the day before JFK was killed (RIP). The first big news story that I remember was the man walk on the moon.

balou Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

That was an exciting time!

@BeeHappy A lot of people think that the Apollo Space Program was a hoax and that man didn't land on the moon. I remember watching a movie about that a long time ago.

@balou That's true... I hate to admit it but a couple members of my family think that. Cra-cra-crazy! Lol

@BeeHappy People say that we didn't have the technology back then that we do now. IDK. I'd like to think we landed on the moon.

@balou We did!

I really wish I had been alive for that. But nowadays it's as if we just stopped doing great things.


The U.S. trying to get a spacecraft off the ground without it blowing up, after that Walter Cronkite crying, JFK'S assassination.

oldFloyd Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

Yes, all memorable.


I've edited my answer because I had to actually think what was an actual memory or something I just remember my older siblings talking about .blackout of 1977 massive riots and people streaking my mom wouldn't let me look out the window

Naejidlopalev Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

Don't look at those naked bodies! 🙂

@BeeHappy Don't look Ethel!!!

@balou 🤣🤣🤣 I remember this! Lmao! Thanks for the laugh!

@BeeHappy You're welcome. We all need more laughter in out lives.

@balou That is for sure! 😊


The assasination of Ronald McDonald.

indirect76 Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

That was a terrible time in our country's history. 😉

Lol. He was all covered in bloody Ketchup

@BeeHappy I recall the shocked 1000 yard stare of Grimmace as Mayor McCheese is sworn in. Who can forget that little fry guy walking up and saluting the yellow styrofoam coffin. So poignant.

@indirect76 I'm overwhelmed with sadness... I had tried to put that image behind me. But thanks to you... my heart now aches anew.


Sitting in 2nd grade and watching 9/11 happen on t.v.

Allikat Level 6 Mar 11, 2019

Wow... that was probably scary.

I watched from right after TV coverage started. I was off that day-a Tuesday-and I got up and turned the radio on. I quickly realized they weren’t playing music...turned on CBS and was glued there all day. I only made one phone call-to see if my brother was in the Middle East(he traveled for work); he was in the US.
I was 41 when it happened; that was our JFK moment, forever etched on our minds.



CityGirl7 Level 3 Mar 11, 2019

Yes, of course! Lots of coverage.


JFK's assassination. I was in Kindergarten.

jimdaughters Level 5 Mar 11, 2019

Yeah, me too...

I was 13. It was one of the first times I seriously watched the news.


Jesus rose from the dead.

Antifred Level 7 Mar 11, 2019


I totally missed that newscast! 🤣

@BeeHappy it was like almost 2000 years ago. Never hear anything of it now days.

@Antifred That's crazy! I think there must be a conspiracy!


The assassination of Lord Mountbaten by the IRA: there was a newsflash and everything stopped.

OwlInASack Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

I think I missed that. Might not have been as big of a story here.

@BeeHappy yes - it’s a pretty British story. He was a soft target for the IRA but it changed the mood significantly

@OwlInASack Thanks! I appreciate you sharing.

The news I remember best from the UK was Lockerbie. I can’t recall the year, but it was such a terrible thing. I remember IRA news, but not specific incidents.

@CarolinaGirl60 I had a close friend and his whole family bar 1 sister on that plane... that was a little later though - 1988. Shocking moment. Truly shocking.

@OwlInASack I’m so sorry! I cannot imagine the pain, grief, and trauma the surviving family and friends experienced. Probably still do, even though it’s been 30 years.
I saw a piece by a sculptor capturing the postures and expressions of grief: I cried. Very powerful statement on tragedy and unthinkable loss.


Yes - it was horrible. I had 3 mates die in short order. Leukaemia, a climbing accident in Glen Coe and Pan Am. I was pretty numb I suppose. Still... we realise that everyone has their traumas and the question is how we deal with them. I didn’t find my religion had much to say I seem to remember!

Sean’s sister never recovered. Absolute basket case from then on... who would do these things? Well - apparently lots of people

@OwlInASack Numbness is a survival mechanism, I think, when the trauma is just too much. One year, I lost a dear friend, then both in-laws 3 days apart, then a nephew from suicide. It was soul-numbing. I recovered from that, then my youngest brother got brain cancer. Tomorrow is the 3rd anniversary of his death.
Religion(of others, that is) was less than no help, at times it felt so cruel. The platitude about ‘at least he’s in a better place’...that one was hard to take. Along with the ‘God’s will’ and ‘god is so good’. Fuck that cruel bastard!! But, there’s no god to even hate and be angry with, so zero comfort. We live in chaos.


Thatch becoming pm.

Amisja Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

Didn’t understand it at the time: I was 8.

Understood it later though...

Heavens, kids ! I was well into aging by then.

@OwlInASack I was 10 or 11

@Amisja uh huh. You’ve had or are going to have a big birthday sometime soon then?


@OwlInASack I was 18 and thought that it was amazing, because I had been told all my life that we would never have a woman PM in my life time. Now we have had two.


@Fernapple I know right? And look how wonderful they’ve been!

@OwlInASack You young people, you don't mind what risks you take ! Certainly they were/ are not very good at all, but that is so much better than all the male PMs I have suffered under.


@OwlInASack had

@Amisja 😀

Not so far for me...


The Cuban missile crisis. It is the only time in my life I have been afraid we could end up in a nuclear war.

Sticks48 Level 9 Mar 11, 2019

See, I was old enough to remember that but I don't. I find it a little odd.

@BeeHappy I was only three when JFK was assassinated...but I do recall MLK funeral on TV. Among others. I was 7. Home with chicken pox, which was torture!


My first was the resignation of Nixon on 8/9/1974.

SLBushway Level 6 Mar 11, 2019

Yep, I remember that one too.


I'm sure it wasn't my first but I still remember it well. I was living in a flat in London. A Friday evening I think and the BBC cancelled TV programmes and played mournful music all evening. A bit OTT for a foreign head of state but it was the height of the cold war and JFK was our great white hope to keep the pesky Soviets in their place,

Moravian Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

I knew he was popular around the world but I don't think I comprehended at the time the impact on other nations.


I remember the Democratic convention when JFK was nominated (I was 6 at the time and we got to stay up). I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis very well and, certainly the Kennedy Assassination (I was in 4th grade). My school principal came in class and told our teacher who was in shock. We got sent home a little later that day.

And especially, I remember seeing Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald live on tv. I normally got up early on Sunday morning to watch cartoons, (which weren't on because of the coverage) and remember the commotion, then they replayed it several times.

PalacinkyPDX Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

I'm older than you and of course I've heard of the Cuban missile crisis but I don't remember hearing or seeing anything about it. Isn't that strange?


I was in the hallway for punishment in 3rd grade class when some sort of code came over the intercom. All the teachers came out of their classrooms and met in the hallway in front of me. They all started crying. The next week was like a sci-fi movie, the whole town shell shocked. JFK was a great man.

clarkatticus Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

That scenario played out across the nation.


The 1984 famine crisis in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Somalia. I couldn't believe the TV images of starving babies and their mothers. That really impacted me. I thought I have everything I want as a child why can't they have at least Food... I believe that was a breakthrough for me to realize that there isn't really a God.

missgi Level 4 Mar 11, 2019

Heartbreaking for sure. 😥


For me it was the JFK assassination as well. I was in Kindergarten, I was convinced the world was ending. The adults were crying, the calendar had only one more page, and everything on the TV was sad and dreary. I was SO relieved when mom put up a new calendar.

HippieChick58 Level 9 Mar 11, 2019

A lot of emotions floating around at that time and a young kid doesn't know what it means. I'm happy your mom put up that calendar. 🙂


This won't mean anything to anybody outside the UK and even then not many in the UK under a certain age (Roughly mine) but it was the Torrey Canyon oil spill off the SW coast of the UK


ipdg77 Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

I don't remember hearing about it but I wasn't much into news either.


I remember so much from that day, the kids on the bus talking about how Kennedy was a threat to business interests, my mother sobbing in front of the TV, where I was sitting when I heard...

Rickfellows Level 1 Mar 11, 2019

JFK assasination for me, too.
The world was so SAD. TV filled with folks crying. Even at my young age it impacted me.

Roxwax16 Level 4 Mar 11, 2019
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