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For me... assassination of JFK.

BeeHappy 9 Mar 11

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The Civil War

Rudy? ? Really? ?

The start or you mean it is now over?


I remember JFK's assassination, but I also remember his election. I was 5. My family supported Kennedy. When My father carried me to bed on election evening, I asked if Kennedy won. He said, "yes." As close as they say it was, I am sure that no winner had been established. But it worked well for dad. I went right back to sleep and he never had to correct himself.

MrDMC Level 7 Mar 12, 2019

What I remember about the election was the controversy over him being a Catholic.

@BeeHappy ditto. . . . and could not understand it because I had not been exposed to religious prejudice.


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.

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.


i guess i never listened to the news as a child but i can remember a huge bonfire in a park not far from my house in toronto. the crowd was burning books which i assume had anything to do with germany or were anti-semitic.
also vaguely remember the VE celebrations when germany surrendered.

Our memories vary wildly from person to person. My older sister by 8 years remembers so much from a very young age and in detail. My next sister by 5 yrs, remembers little and often different from everyone else. For me certain things stand out but many things don't. Go figure.

@BeeHappy that is why identical twins aren't.


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'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.


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.



Yes, of course! Lots of coverage.



godef Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

That seems to be the most memorable one.


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

Yes, all memorable.


Reagan being shot

That too. Of course I was an adult by then but still remember.


JFK Assassination, I actually saw him in Arkansas, the month before he was killed.

Geesh, then that probably made a much bigger impact on you.


The first one was probably Challenger (7 years old), but the only one I remembered like it's seared into my eyes is 9/11 (22 years old).

Both memorable... in the worst way.


It's odd but I remember Kennedy's inauguration, watching it in our basement as the babysitter ironed. My parents attended so I assume that's why it was so significant for a 3 year old to remember but I have no memory at all of the assassination 3 years later. No idea why. I was in school by then but there is not even a shadow of a memory. Maybe because it was so devastating. My little sister remembers.

We each remember things differently. For me it's the Cuban missile crisis... don't remember anything but the bomb drills in school.


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. ?



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.

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.


A book: FAMILY SECRETS by Russ Baker, a very interesting supposition about the assassination based on some very interesting facts.



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.


My family did not watch much TV, but I do remember the assassination of JFK prompted the TV to be on for hours that day and the next. I remember my parents being very upset. I don't remember much else about that day...

Our memory is a funny thing. My younger sister and I are only 13 months apart. We were like twins. Went everywhere and did everything together. But we both have different memories on several events that happened in our lives.


No details, but I remember how much of the news was dedicated to the Vietnam war when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade.

You're right... every night for years!




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


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...

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