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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 8 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.

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 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.

That scenario played out across the nation.


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.


Cuban Missile Crisis

davknight Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

Why don't I remember this? The school drills, that's it.

@BeeHappy I have vague memories of watching it unfold on television. Also, that we were supposed to be scared of some bearded guy, who smoked cigars.

@davknight I wasn't scared, why? I'm definitely talking to my older sister. Lol... cigar smoking bearded guy!

I think it was Spielberg who said he filled up the family bath tub so they would have some water if WWIII started. If I remember the story correctly, his parents thought he was nuts.

i was on a Canadian Navy destroyer escort for 28 days patrolling off the east coast during that crisis. my release from th Navy came in & i was taken ashore in a ship's boat to a little town called Shelbourne on the very bottom of NS. partied for 2 days before i finally made my way to halifax & started release procedures.


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

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.

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.


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 4 Mar 11, 2019

Yes, of course! Lots of coverage.


JFK's assassination. I was in Kindergarten.

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


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.


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 7 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 was in 5th grade when Elizabeth II was crowned. We all went the auditorium to watch it on a 19 inch TV on the stage. I'm pretty sure almost no one could actually see the proceedings, but in later years I have come to appreciate the decision to show it - I remember that day and can say that I saw it on tv.

AgnoBill Level 5 Mar 12, 2019

What a great memory to have.

Little did you know that she would still be there 65 years on and that the Great would have fallen off Britain.



But for those who said the JFK assassination, here are my personal memories of that:
I was living in Dallas, Texas on November 22,1963 and was in sixth grade at L. O.Donald Elementary School.

My memories actually begin a few days before when the Dallas Independent School District announced that the only excused absences to go see the President would go to students who had a note saying that they were being accompanied by their parent. The announcement made it very clear that going to see the President with a legal guardian would not qualify as an excused absence. Even as a sixth grader I found this suspicious. There was only one student from my class who went to the parade.

On the 22nd I arrived at school as usual approximately a half hour before my first class. I was a flag monitor.That means that I had the responsibility of raising the flags (American and Texas) on the pole in front of the school each morning and lowering them each afternoon. That was the windiest day of the school year. Larry Howell, the other monitor and my good friend since before first grade, and I had no problem getting the flags to the top of the pole, but the wind was blowing so hard that we could not pull the rope down enough to wrap around the cleat properly. We had to call Gary McFarland, a 7th grade Safety Patrol over for help, and he only managed to get the rope around the cleat by employing the 2” long 1” diameter dowel that was the handle of his Safety Patrol flag.

After lunch I went to my fourth period math class in the southwest corner of the second floor. Sitting I the front corner by the door, I could not see the flag,but the students in the far corner of the room could, and they started giving me a hard time about what a bad job we had done that morning putting the flag up, since it was at least a flag’s height from the top of the pole. I distinctly remembered otherwise, just how high and tight it was. After walking across to the window and seeing what they were talking about, I told Mr. Owens, the teacher that I needed to go down and fix the problem. He said that I should go the office first and ask them about it. I thought this was a little strange, but I did as I was told. The secretary in the office asked why I was there and then disappeared for about a minute into the Principal’s office. She came back out and told me I should go back to class.

About five minutes before the end of class I got called down to the office. I was taken into the Principal’s office. Mr. Breeding, the Principal, told me that the problem with the flag was that they had attempted to lower it to half-mast because the President and the Governor had been shot. He then told me that the President was dead but that, thankfully the Governor was still alive, and went on to explain that this caused a certain dilemma. Since the Governor was still alive they could not fly the Texas flag at half-mast until he issued an order to do so, but they knew they could not fly the Texas flag over the American flag. They resolved the issue by ordering me to take down both flags. I protested that they should both be at half-mast or we should at least put the American flag back up at half-mast after pulling down the Texas flag. Each of those suggestions was met with an absolute no, so I agreed to take both flags down.

Before I was dismissed to lower the flags I was asked not tell anyone about the shootings, as they did not want panic in the school. Mr. Breeding explained that the first graders had just left, the second graders would go home at the end of fifth period as usual, and he would make an announcement during sixth period for the third through seventh grades. After I took the flags down, folded them and put them safely away in their locker, I went to my fifth and sixth period classes, but did not tell anyone what had happened.

Sixth period was Library and our class was sitting reading when the PA came on with the announcement. Immediately after the announcement there were a few seconds of stunned silence. This was followed by an eruption of applause, whistles and cheers (e.g., “Yeah! They got him!” ) from other rooms throughout the school. Yes, I was there and yes, that is exactly what happened. I remember the librarian crying. I’m sure part of it was hearing about the President’s death, but I have to believe an even greater part was in response to the reaction of the other students (those of us in the library simply set there quietly – we were in the library).

I mentioned that one classmate went to the parade. Steve Stacey was with his dad on Main Street, less than a block from Dealey Plaza. He was one of the last people to see the President alive. Less than 15 minutes after the shooting his father drove through Dealey Plaza on the way back to Oak Cliff. Steve was in the pickup with him, and in the rear window was a gun rack with a 30.06 in plain sight. No one even noticed, or if they did they didn’t say a thing.

I had suspicions before the shooting, and hearing Steve’s experience did nothing to reassure me. I give the Warren Commission Report even less credence than I give the 9/11 Commission Report. Inasmuch as Congress has disavowed the Warren Commission Report and a majority of the members of the 9/11 Commission,including its co-chairs, have disavowed their report, I would have to say the crazy conspiracy theorists are the ones who still believe either of those works to be anything but fiction.

mcgeo52 Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

I already mentioned this but my ex is from New Orleans and in college at the time. He said that the reaction was similar to your experience. Many cheered his death.


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.

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.

The name rings a bell but not the immensity of it. But it is now 52 years ago!


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...


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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