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Old 01-28-06, 06:08 PM
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What is the earliest "Historic Event" that you remember?

The responses in the "where were you 20 years ago" thread re: the Challenger disaster reminded me how old I am. Many here were in elementary school or too young to remember it.

It made me wonder: what is the earliest "historic" event that you do remember?

I remember watching Nixon on TV announcing his resignation. I understood what he was doing, but I did not fully understand the historical significance. I was 11. I also vaguely remember watching TV coverage of American soldiers getting off the plane coming back from Vietnam.
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Old 01-28-06, 06:11 PM
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Edit: The only historic events that I remember from the 80's are the Challenger, the Berlin Wall, the tank in tiananmen square, and a hostage being lynched. I can't think of anything major that I distinctly remember earlier than the Challenger.

I don't remember Chernobyl happening but I know it happened in that period. Those are the only really major things I can think of though... I must have been busy hunting worms or something important like that.

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Old 01-28-06, 06:16 PM
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I was about 5 and I remember the Carter-Reagan election, and then I remember the hostages getting freed right after. Probably the only reason I remember though is because my parents wanted Reagan to win, and that made me want Carter to win.
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1972 - I barely remember hearing Jim McKay talking about Munich. I was 4.
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Old 01-28-06, 06:22 PM
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The bicentennial.

Political event? The overthow of the Shah of Iran. I think Three Mile Island was also shortly thereafter.
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Old 01-28-06, 06:24 PM
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I don't know. I wasn't allowed to watch TV until like 4th or 5th grade (other than OPB).
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Nixon on Laugh-In
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Old 01-28-06, 06:41 PM
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I remember coverage of the Vietnam War on TV and a little bit of the VVAW protest at the 1972 Republican National Convention.
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Ronald Reagan getting shot. I was 4.

What I don't remember is writing him a "get well" letter, but apparently I must have, because my mom has, somewhere, the letter I got back from him.
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Old 01-28-06, 06:50 PM
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JFK's assassination. I was real young but seeing my mom cry for the first time really had an impact on me.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination - I was 4. I didn't understand the significance, of course, nor the concept of murder. I remember being so shocked because I'd never seen my mother cry before. I was playing in the living room & she rushed in & turned on the TV. I remember those black and white images and the knowledge that something frightening and horrible had occurred.

ETA - TomOpus, funny, I was typing when you posted & hadn't seen what you wrote yet.
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I would have to say the 1985 Nevado del Ruiz explosion. I remember donating some toys. At that point I was in Kindergarden.

My grandfather passed away two or three years before that, and I remember him telling me a bedtime story when he was alive. So I probably remember events that happened when I was very young.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
JFK's assassination. I was real young but seeing my mom cry for the first time really had an impact on me.
JFK for me too. I recall being bored with the funeral procession but my mom wanting me to watch because of the historic significance.
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Yeah, I would say Bicentennial.
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probably the Challenger
we were watching it live on tv in 1st grade
then we watched the news replay it over and over again
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I remember winning a quarter from my dad when Reagan beat Carter. I also remember my mom being very upset the day after John Lennon was shot.
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Watching the moon landing on TV. I was 4.
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Old 01-28-06, 07:59 PM
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I was born in 1974 and have vague memories of the bicentennial. I also have vague memories of the hostage crisis, Three Mile Island, the 1980 election, and Hinkley's assassination attempt on Reagan.
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Silver crash of early 1980s or Regan getting shot.
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Probably the 1968 presidential election. I have general, vague memories of Vietnam, mostly seeing it on TV.
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Old 01-28-06, 08:29 PM
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Challenger was one of the early ones, because I kept hearing about it on the news. Chernobyl also.
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Old 01-28-06, 08:31 PM
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I think I remember the Berlin Wall. If not, then the first Gulf War.
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Old 01-28-06, 09:05 PM
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The JFK assasination. I remember watching the funeral on our small black and white television.
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I was very young during the gas shortages of the 70s. I remember my parents had to get gas on odd days.

That was also the year my rabbit ran away. He had great teeth.
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