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Old 02-06-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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What would you say has been the most significant event that has happened in your city in the past century? I know that for Dallas it's easily the JFK assasination and 9/11 for NYC.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:50 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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1906 Earthquake.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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If you're talking about singular events, for Pittsburgh it's either the introduction of the polio vaccine in 1955, or hosting the G20 Summit in 2009. Both were events of global significance. I'd probably lean toward the vaccine because polio has essentially been eradicated worldwide, although scoring the G20 was a major coup for a city its size.

If you're talking about protracted events, then it's gotta be the collapse of the steel industry between 1970 and 1990. It fundamentally affected the city's economy and demographics, and still does to this day, basically by creating a diaspora. And now you know the real reason why there are Steeler bars in every major U.S. city.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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In Cincinnati, you have
The Reds winning the World Series in 1975, 1976 and 1990. There is also, of all things, the filming of "Rain Man" in 1987.
But you also have:
The 1937 Flood, the 1974 Tornado, the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire and the 1979 Who Concert.
(You'll notice I put those disasters in caps. That's the way most people pronounce them and write them.)
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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In Memphis
The MLK assasination or Elvis, depending on your POV
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Houston-

Dredging of Buffalo Bayou- 1914
Democratic National Convention- 1924
Republican National Convention- 1992
SuperBowl 2004
Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and TS Alison
Opening of Rice in 1912
Gulf Freeway opening in 1948
Astrodome opens in 1965
Houston Spoken on the moon in 1969 (not actually in the city, but significant for the city...)
Arab Oil Embargo of the 70's
Rendezvous Houston in 1986- largest outdoor concert at the time
Rockets Championships in 94 and 95
Enron Scandal 2001
Lee Brown elected first Black Mayor in 97
Annise Parker Elected first openly lesbian Mayor in 2009
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Wilmington - 1968 riots - they completely changed the fabric of the town
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Houston-

Dredging of Buffalo Bayou- 1914
Democratic National Convention- 1924
Republican National Convention- 1992
SuperBowl 2004
Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and TS Alison
Opening of Rice in 1912
Gulf Freeway opening in 1948
Astrodome opens in 1965
Houston Spoken on the moon in 1969 (not actually in the city, but significant for the city...)
Arab Oil Embargo of the 70's
Rendezvous Houston in 1986- largest outdoor concert at the time
Rockets Championships in 94 and 95
Enron Scandal 2001
Lee Brown elected first Black Mayor in 97
Annise Parker Elected first openly lesbian Mayor in 2009
What happened to the Rendezvous??? I've seen videos and it looked crazy. Shutting down the freeways too?!?! Just imagine that now lol
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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What happened to the Rendezvous??? I've seen videos and it looked crazy. Shutting down the freeways too?!?! Just imagine that now lol
I don't know much about it, it was before my time. But yes, can you imagine how crazy that must have been. They need to have another one.


It is crazy that 1.5M people attended, That was about the population of the city back then.

It was to Celebrate Texas' 150th birthday and also Houston's 150th Birthday. I don't know why they are not having one for Texas's 175th Birthday.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SVfLoPHmOg
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I don't know much about it, it was before my time. But yes, can you imagine how crazy that must have been. They need to have another one.


It is crazy that 1.5M people attended, That was about the population of the city back then.

It was to Celebrate Texas' 150th birthday and also Houston's 150th Birthday. I don't know why they are not having one for Texas's 175th Birthday.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SVfLoPHmOg
Probably because of how large the event was; it would be a disaster now. Our freeways significance have grown more since than. Besides, knowing how Houston is; they'd move the event to Tom Bass Park.
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