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For me... assassination of JFK.

BeeHappy 9 Mar 11

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Whitlam's election (Aust)

Not familiar with that... can you briefly explain?

He got voted in, labor, after decades of conservative rule. Had a strong anti Vietnam war policy. Height of the Hippy era in Australia.
But what I really remember is the election campaign "Its Time!" About 72-73. I was born 67 so 5 or 6.


@powder music has certainly played it's part in a lot of changes and especially in the 60's and 70's. Thanks for the history lesson. ?


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.

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.


Same here, JFK. It really did seem like the world stopped for a time with that.

Yes, I think it was one of the first times there was so much tv coverage. It seems that's all that was on and personally I don't remember there being anything like that prior. (Of course I was young so I suppose there could have been.)


During the first moon landing I happened to be at my aunt's & uncle's house 3 states from our home. One of my oldest memories is the family all sitting in front of their tiny TV watching the news..

Yes, I was excited about that. ?


I remember watching rockets during desert storm.

Yep, that had to be unsettling for someone so young.


Cuban Missile Crisis

See, I should have remembered that but I don't. I remember doing the bomb drills in school but that's all. Hmmm?

I was only 2 but I recall the fear of nuclear war. We did bomb drills, too.

@BeeHappy @CarolinaGirl60 I must have been about 13. I had always avoided the news, so was never aware of anything outside my own little world. But there was suddenly this THING that had all the adults on edge, so it was impossible NOT to notice. The “Cuban Missile Crisis” got burned on my brain...and it was scary, because the adults were scared.


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,

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


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

Yep, I remember that one too.


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

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!


The Death of Winston Churchill.

Yes, that would have been a big one!

@BeeHappy I remember we all sat round a black and white tv and the parents and grand parents told me about him.


Sad to say I didn't follow the news at all as a child.

Unity Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

I didn't either but there were a few things that seemed unavoidable.


Thatch becoming pm.

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

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.




john glen

Yes, that was huge!

@BeeHappy I had no idea. being about 5 years old I thought it was normal to sit and wait for a rocket to go off for hours

@btroje But I loved it.

@btroje I remember the tension of the countdowns. Hoping it wouldn’t explode!


Fall of Saigon. The tank going through the gates of the Independence Palace. I was about 4.

You started young!

@BeeHappy I remember sitting on the floor in our house in Goulburn, enjoying the destruction without any understanding of the wider context via a black and white TV. The next was the Viking missions to Mars - I was fascinated by those grainy shots of the surface of another planet, and the Voyager fly byes of Jupiter and Saturn.
Once a geek, always a geek.

@MrBeelzeebubbles I enjoyed watching all the space related events, also on a b & w tv. Lol


JFK's assassination. I was in Kindergarten.

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


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

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 😉

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.



Yes, of course! Lots of coverage.


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

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.


Cuban missile crisis. I remember how freaked out all the adults were and it scared me.

I only remember the drills at school.

@BeeHappy I was an Air Force brat and I remember those drills as well in school. My parents were very politically active and started talking to my sister and I at a young age about communism and politics in general. I believe it is why I have always paid attention to what politicians are doing and saying. The Cuban missile crisis was a big topic of conversation with all the adults around me, and I remember being really frightened about it.

@Redheadedgammy I don't remember my parents talking about it. Maybe they were sheltering us. I have to talk to my older sister, she will remember.


The assasination of Ronald McDonald.

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

@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.



godef Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

That seems to be the most memorable one.


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

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! ?


moon landing.

My dad took Polaroids of the tv screen.

That would have been maybe the 2nd or 3rd event for me. But I was glued to the tv.

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