Wednesday, February 08, 2006

How old were you?

37 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
35 years old on the first day of Y2K
33 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
30 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
30 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
28 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
26 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
25 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
21 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
19 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
19 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space16 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
15 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
12 years old on the U.S.'s bicentennial Fourth of July
10 years old when President Nixon left office7 years old when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot
5 years old at the time the first man stepped on the moon
3 years old when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinateda 1 year old during the Watts riot

I saw this on Diannes Blog and found it quite interesting. I don't just remember many of these events but I have actual memories atatched to them. One of my earliest memories is of learning to write my name, in the TV room at my grandparents house, while watching Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
Of course I remember 9-11. What adult doesn't?
Wierdly enough , Michael and I were in London the day Princess Di died and were traveling home while it happened. We got home at around 5 in the morning. When I got up and turned on the TV. the first thing I saw was a picture of Princess Dianna with her birth and death dates. I just couldn't prosess it. I thought about going back to London for the funeral but the ferries etc.. were all booked out.
The one thing on this list that made the biggest, lasting impression on me was the Challenger explosion. I can't even write it without my eyes starting to tear up. I think part of it was my age. 21 is the beginning of adulthood. I was working, going to school and had already met my husband. Life was so full and then something so terrible happened. It was the first time something on the news felt like it was happening to me. I will always be able to picture the smoke trail in my mind.
And, a good one for the end. I was living in Germany and pregnant with my first child when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down- Germany won the world cup in soccer (football) too :-)


Annemarie said...

Hey Rachael, that was a fascinating read. I never really stopped to think of how old I was when certain events took place. It wouldn't be much fun to post it in my blog either, because most of my blog friends are from the US or the UK, and most things that stuck in my mind are/were Dutch. Thanks for posting this, though. Food for thought.

Barbara said...

It is very nice to read about positive associations with some of these events - I really like the thought of you learning to write while Armstrong took his first steps on the moon.

Dianne said...

Good post and interesting events. You seem to be in places when something impt happened.
My son was conceived around the time the Challenger blew up. He was born at the end of October,'86.
With the asassinations-I remember my mom and grandmom watching tv non-stop in '63 even though I was only 4 at the time. We had just moved in my childhood home. Vietnam was another part of my childhood (and yours too, though you are about 5-6 yrs younger than me).

Rachael said...

Dianne , the only thing I actualy remember about Vietnam was that my Mom had one of thoes POW braclets. I think she still has it. My step Dad was over there and has great pix of coast and jungle.