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Old 07-05-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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The earliest I can put an approximate date to would be the launching of the Telstar satellite in the summer of 1962. Or was that pre-dated by the Soviet's launching a rocket with Laika the dog in it?

My first memory of an individual in history was the assassination of Martin Luther King.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Cuban Missile Crisis.

I was in junior high school. My father was a career Air Force pilot. We lived on base. He slept on the flightline for many days. We didn't see him for a while. It was the first time that I actually realized we were not totally safe.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I was in 5th grade when the Challenger exploded. We had just come in from recess and we were supposed to watch it take off. Instead, our teacher had to explain the tragedy. I remember watching the explosion over and over again in the news for the next several days.
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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When JFK was shot I was in high school but was sick at home that day. I couldn't believe it, I felt our whole country was vulnerable after that.
We got the polio vaccine when I started school so I didn't think about the polio epidemic much, but unfortunately my future husband contracted polio just before the vaccine came out.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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The Cuban Missile Crisis.

I was in junior high school. My father was a career Air Force pilot. We lived on base. He slept on the flightline for many days. We didn't see him for a while. It was the first time that I actually realized we were not totally safe.
Ditto. My dad was in B-52s and we were stationed at Columbus (MS) AFB, within range of the missles in Cuba. Dad sent me, my sisters and mom by train to Oregon to my mom's family. Heck, I thought we were just going on a visit. I didn't know until high school that he was sending us to what he thought was the safest place (the Oregon coast) in the event of the nuclear war with the Soviets that he was certain was coming.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I would have to say that for me it would be Nixon's resignation and leavin the White House. I remember my mom having tears in her eyes while watching it on TV, which is what made me pay attention to it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I was seven years old and have a clear memory of watching the old Today show on our little black and white tv. Frank Blair, the news reader, was standing next to map of Korea and talking about the latest war news.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: FL
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Was 12years old, 1967 Detroit riots, real scarry to live through, snipers in trees, fires, hate, looting, sirens, curfews and National Guard on each block...
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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this date 13 August 1961 the Berlin Wall was activated I had only been in the USA for a few years .. we were still very much greenhorns and watched in horror as the wall went up and many of our friends were on the eastern side and we could only watch and pray ..
that was the one thing I will never forget and then in 1989 the wall came down great joy as we saw old friends and family again .. :: sighs:: theres other things but this is something that shaped my future I think or at least planted the seed of Liberalism in my mind ..
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