(Serious) Older members of Reddit who were alive during major events in history, what are some things that you remember about those events that we might not be learning in History class?

(Serious) Older members of Reddit who were alive during major events in history, what are some things that you remember about those events that we might not be learning in History class?


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When the Challenger exploded our teachers took us into the cafeteria where a tv was set up and we watched the shuttle explode over and over on the news. The teachers said this was something we'd always remember, like the day Kennedy was shot


They wheeled in the AV cart for all the launches so we watched it explode live.


We didn't have enough TVs


This is an example of what we call the "Mandela Effect", when people believe their memories are true when they are in fact not. The Challenger launch was not broadcast live by any TV network (as a five-minute Google search will demonstrate) -- EDIT: CNN did broadcast it, but at that time CNN was a minor cable network with few viewers. All of us who think we remember watching it live, are mistaken. We watched videotapes of the launch which were broadcast after the fact by the TV networks.


>This is an example of what we call the "Mandela Effect", when people believe their memories are true when they are in fact not. > >The Challenger launch was not broadcast live by any TV network (as a five-minute Google search will demonstrate) -- EDIT: CNN did broadcast it, but at that time CNN was a minor cable network with few viewers. All of us who think we remember watching it live, are mistaken. We watched videotapes of the launch which were broadcast after the fact by the TV networks. I'm sure you mean well but you're very mistaken. The Challenger launch that resulted in the loss of the shuttle was actually a huge deal with quite a bit of extra hype before the launch. There was a teacher on board and they absolutely broadcast it live to millions of us in school. It exploding in front of us was insane. I grew up with launches as well as the regular landings that rocked the city when they landed at Edwards.


Yeah that shit fuckin’ ruined circle time.


u dumb


You think teachers showed students videotape of that incident? Why?


I remember watching the explosion in class as well. Christa McCauliffe was a school teacher picked to help raise flagging interest in NASA shuttle flights, and pretty much every school had programming and lesson plans arranged in coordination with the flight. I was eight at the time, and after the explosion, we had questions you'd expect of that age group: "did they die?" "Were their families watching?" Etc. I can't imagine how teachers handled it that day.


I was in 7th grade when that happened. I remember all the teachers were excited because a teacher was going into space. Then when it went boom everyone got quite for a few minutes. Then we were quietly sent back to class. Nothing really happened the rest of the day. All the rest of classes that day were just talking about what happened.


I got suspended from school the next day because I told our really mean science teacher that I nominated him for teacher in space. We did watch it live.


This is true, I was in the 5th grade when the Challenger explosion happened, and I remember our teacher telling us about it.


I remember everyone was excited they wheeled a tv in our class to watch. Then it blew up. I think all us were shocked in class no one said anything.


Our hs journalism teacher assigned us to write an article about the shuttle launch, so we were all in the school library to watch. She canceled the assignment after it exploded.


The one thing that I remember is that it took a long time for NASA to explain what happened because they had to investigate. But, they knew all along. They knew it was the the O ring, and knew it was defective even before the launch. They tried to cover it up.


I've heard that the astronauts' bodies were transferred from a holding area to the morgue in trash cans in the back of a pickup truck. I believe it, too. And no, I did not read it on the Internet. I read it shortly afterwards.


I was home sick that day, so I missed out.


I was alive when JFK got murdered. IIRC the three TV networks, CBS, NBC, and ABC alternated providing coverage each month in the event of a national emergency. Up until Nov. 22, 1963, this had never been put into practical use. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis this had never happened. So when word came down that the President was dead, ABC technicians (and probably technicians from the other networks) were climbing up telephone poles to set up a microwave relay so images of the funeral could be sent out across the country. Also, on the afternoon of JFK’s death, there was supposed to be the first-ever live broadcast between the US and Japan as a result of a telecommunications satellite being recently launched in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. As I was home sick from school with the flu that day, I woke up from a nap expecting to see live images of Japan and the US being sent back and forth. Instead I saw NBC newscaster Frank McGee explaining what had happened. The special debut program was scrapped as coverage of JFK’s death was broadcast to Japan instead.


When Ronald Reagan got shot I was visiting my grandparents and was very upset that my regular shows had been interrupted by the news. I also got sent into the other room to protect my fragile soul to watch tv.


Bizarrely this is my memory of 9/11. I was upset about my shows and didn't understand what happened


I remember watching the towers fall on the TV in my classroom. I guess in 5th grade I was old enough to comprehend the gravity of what I was watching. A few days later our school got buzzed by a bunch of jets flying in formation heading north. The image of seeing them fly over the playground is just burned in my mind. (Edited because I realized they actually flew North, probably to Wright Pat air force base)


Same. Came home from school and I was pissed that there was some stupid news show on instead of my cartoons.


My dad used to tell where he was when Reagan got shot on a regular basis. He was visiting the student center of the my future alma mater. His class had gone there on a field trip. Every time I mentioned doing something in the student center he had to tell me “ya know that’s where I was when Reagan got shot”.


This was me when the Columbia exploded. I just wanted to watch Recess, as callous as that sounds. Took me a bit to process it I guess.


Don’t feel guilty, kids are stupid when it comes to things like that. I’m sure I reacted similarly to whatever tragedies I heard about then.


This was me but for the OJ Bronco chase.


Idk if it's OK that I post a story from my grandma's friend but I try it. When it's not OK remove it. So I am from Germany and my grandma's friend lived near a concentration camp. And she said as the prisoners had to walk to work they have collected every thing that resamples food like potato peal, the middle part of an apple. She said her mother would help some prisoners and give them some food and a guard said "if u try this again u will get in great trouble and end in the camp too"


BTW sry for my bad English


Thank you for sharing this story.


On September 11 in NY city I remember walking down to Saint Vincent’s hospital and seeing medical workers waiting outside with stretchers and even office chairs covered in sheets waiting for patients that never came.


Yup my Dr buddy and his colleagues rushed into the hospital to volunteer. They had nothing to do, everyone was dead.


Shit man :/


that is so sad to hear


I was working where we didn't have any TV or radio for news, and one of the managers told us about it. All he said was that a plane had crashed into the WTC and that while the police were on their way another plane hit the other tower. I assumed that, unless the crash were at the very top, that the towers would have collapsed immediately, that any part of the building above the crash would be an imbalanced load that would be unsupported by the structure. A lot of us expected six- or seven-figure death totals. When we did get the radio on, it was reported as a confirmed fact that in addition to the Pentagon crash, a car bomb had gone off in front of the State Department building in Washington. It may seem crazy now, but more than one person I talked to said that they expected us to launch nuclear missiles in response once we knew who was behind it, and that we would be justified in doing so.


>It may seem crazy now, but more than one person I talked to said that they expected us to launch nuclear missiles in response once we knew who was behind it, and that we would be justified in doing so. I mean, the afghan war wasn't much crazier and the death toll just shows how disproportionate the response was.


You also have to remember that it was the culmination of a series of attacks. The 1993 WTC bombing, the Khobar Towers attack, and the bombing of the USS Cole. The people in power at the time felt that the previous administration had fallen into the trap of appeasement.


Don’t forget, Two embassy bombings in Africa


I, too expected a 6-figure death toll, and by the time everyone in the region dies from 9/11-caused illnesses, it just might be.


>A lot of us expected six- or seven-figure death totals. You thought two buildings collapsing would kill *a million people*?


When you saw the live video from the news helicopter and literally downtown Manhattan was covered in a cloud of fire, debris and smoke, yeah.


In New York City? Yeah. Ten million lived there. For all we knew it would burn all of lower Manhattan.


u ppl are hysterical


We did. We also didn't know what was happening, and just as we got used to the idea of one skyscraper falling, they did it again. There was no limit to our imaginations at that point.


Right, and no one knew how many more planes were involved. The worst was expected.


If the plane hit in the right spot it could’ve caused a domino effect which on a busy day in nyc it’s not a stretch to imagine 1000000 casualties caused by the ensuing chaos Edit: spelling


Yes. There’s a LOT of people in those buildings. If the towers had fallen sideways it was possible.


I thought the car bomb was in front of the Treasury? I do remember the report of the car bomb though.


I remember the plea for blood donations that were not needed. Injuries we either minor and survived or death.


I remember watching the news that day after school. My parents weren’t in the room and I remember when the news said Tower 7 collapsed. I ran in and said “A building collapsed” and my parents must have thought I was the dumbest fucking kid because they were like “Yes, honey, we know” and it took them a beat to believe me.


I remember the eerie quiet. The kind that comes from having no words, and wanting desperately to help, but not knowing how. There were news broadcasts afterward showing people celebrating. Celebrating. I remember the anger that caused, but more so the confusion. Not understanding why anyone would celebrate civilian lives being lost. Many could understand anger directed at and between governments, but towards civilians? That was unfathomable to many of us.


I remember going to Ground Zero at Thanksgiving. We had to walk several blocks from the nearest open subway stop. There were no city noises, no one even talking. Just the sound of footsteps echoing from the buildings. Two and a half months after the day there was still smoke coming from the site.


On the first day there was an immediate big push for blood donation. People were lining the streets to give. Yeah. :( e: there are actual blood shortages going on right now and the red cross will send you a $10 gift card for donating in July (i know because they've been bugging me) do it if you can!


I was oddly on vacation in the middle of nowhere with my sister, so it was very surreal. To be surrounded by peace and nature watching the towers fall on tv. My dad and sister worked in downtown chicago near the Sears Tower. Before we knew what was happening, everyone was freaking out that other cities would be targeted too, and of course the Sears tower would’ve been a likely target. I remember trying to get a hold of them, but we couldn’t get through for hours. Turns out when they evacuated downtown Chicago, my dad took one look at the crowds trying to get on a train, and decided to sit in a bar and have a drink for 3 hours until it died down. Hell, we all needed a drink that day.


I can remember the first man in space. Many Americans being shocked that the USSR beat them to it.


The USSR also had the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, in 1963. People seem to only remember Sally Ride, in 1983. She was actually 3rd, after Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982.


Ah yes, Yuri Gagarin


Stars and Stripes to the moon though 💪


The Soviets landed there first, the craft just didn't carry people.


The Soviets never intended to put a man on the moon


They did. They just couldn’t do it before the US.


On 9/11 by night time, there was horrible vigilante (in)justice and wild racial profiling on city streets. A wonderful surgeon from India was beaten almost to death near his medical school, for example.


I also remember they beat many Sikhs and even a Greek priest for “being Muslim.”


A blot on humanity went out and killed a Sikh man near Phoenix on 9/11 or a day or two later. Even at his sentencing he was unrepentant because they're all evil not white non Christians. I've mentioned it before but it was watching cable, channel-hopping trying to find answers and watching all the channels slowly switch from normal programming to live coverage.


Before 9/11, "homeland" was a rarely used word with authoritarian overtones.


That word still makes me really uneasy. I’m surprised they stuck with that term.


There was a genuine fear in most of Europe after Chernobyl that radiation would spread and cause more issues. I lived in England and some of the fallout did indeed reach us and affected the sheep industry (no idea why lamb meat in particular was considered susceptible maybe someone else knows). I was still in primary school and we weren't allowed to go outside at break time for a few days until they determined it was safe to do so. A lot of UK farms remained on restrictions for decades afterwards.


In germany wild boar that is being shot needs to be tested for radiation before it can be served as game in restaurants. Until today the majority of animals go straight into the garbage because they are deemed unfit for consumption. Turns out boars love to eat mushrooms and mushrooms pull the contamination out of the soil. Surprisingly i even found an english article mentioning the contamination. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-boars-are-roaming-around-germany-180952586/ Maybe your sheep like to eat stuff in particular as well that is high in radiation?


Mushroom from certain areas (not necessarily UK) are still radiated, I think it has something to do with the way they grow.


Do you know what areas?


bavaria for example. same for deer and stuff as far as i know, because they obviously eat the mushrooms


I could not find accumulated info, but as the other poster said, Southern Germany, Belarus and North Sweden seem to be some of those areas. The below article also explains in more detail why mushrooms are especially prone to this: https://www.healwithfood.org/articles/mushrooms-radioactive-cesium-nuclear.php


and it did cause problems, in Sweden they tossed meat from deers, and mushrooms.


I believe it's because the radioactive elements were taken up by plants in the area after being transported by wind. And then the sheep eat the grass, and have radioactive elements in their systems. As to why it was sheep in particular, I think there's just a lot of sheep in Wales.


Strontium-90. It has properties similar to calcium. Milk products and animals nursed by milk would be suspect.


One of my earliest clear memories is me standing at the kitchen window shortly after Chernobyl looking at the street where I'd like to play - but wasn't allowed to.


The lamb meat was considered susceptible as many sheep in the Lake District and Wales were affected by radiation. So up until a certain point sheep in those areas had to be tested so that would explain why the lamb meat production slowed.


That makes sense, but they have plenty of other grazing animals in that part of the country so I wonder why they weren't affected the same way.


I remember many gallons of cow's milk poured down the drain because it was radioactive.


Also probably not taught in history(just off of how things are barely covered) the Soviets didn't admit anything happened until the radiation hit other nations and they were reporting it. Basically they had no choice but to admit something happened, and they didn't admit how bad it was.


The Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden was the first place outside of the USSR to detect the fallout. The USSR had been covering up the disaster for two days at that point, but were quickly forced to admit that something had happened once or became clear that the fallout couldn't have come from anywhere else.


The world stopped to watch the first moon landing, three years later few people cared when Apollo 17 landed.


That must have been a MAJOR historical moment. Wish I had been alive to witness it.


Hopefully we'll see something similar when the First Mars landing occurs.


Early in the Vietnam War, news stations used to broadcast the names of the men killed in action shown at the end of the news. They said they had to stop because people were watching and seeing the names of family members before they could be told through official channels, or they would see similar names and get very upset. The fact of the matter is that they only stopped when people started to turn against the war effort because the lists kept getting longer and longer.


Well, I’m pretty sure most (if not all) of you have no idea about the country Georgia, but I remember Russia attacking us back in 2008. Me and my family, including my uncle, were on a vacation. It was August. He worked in the government sector responsible for military and on the night of 8th, he went back to hometown without telling us and my granny was insisting something bad was going to happen. By that time the war started, we were at the seaside. The owner of a hotel we were staying in was kinda joking that he had an underground space we could all hide in for a while. My mom says she even saw missiles being fired. (Writing this I realized once again how limited my English is and it’s the only foreign language I can speak 🥴)


Some of us in the US are aware of it, probably mostly from situations like this. There is a State named Georgia, so Russia attacks Georgia stands out a little more then a lot of the other Nations.


Don't worry fellow georgian mate, most of the europeans have already heard at least once about your country :) Russia has never stopped declaring war to it's adjacent countries, that got to leave memories to a lot of East Europeans out there


I lived in South Africa during apartheid. A very complicated situation that isn’t easily reflected in a pithy post. The vast majority of white South Africans in my social circle hated apartheid, thought it was morally wrong and took steps every day to end it. One insisted on teaching in black only schools. My school was integrated. We refused to queue jump based on our race. We told jokes about racists. Drove around with car lights turned on on Fridays in protest at the laws. And they voted. They used their democratic voice to speak for those who could not or were ignored when they did. Today people in South Africa will queue for days to vote so don’t you dare waste yours. Oh and Winnie Mandela was a child killing bitch.


What did Winnia Mandela do?


In the mid-1980s Madikizela-Mandela exerted a "reign of terror", and was "at the centre of an orgy of violence"\[9\]\[10\] in Soweto, which led to condemnation by the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa,\[11\]\[12\]\[13\]\[9\] and a rebuke by the ANC in exile.\[14\]\[15\] During this period, her home was burned down by residents of Soweto.\[16\] The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) established by Nelson Mandela's government to investigate human rights abuses found Madikizela-Mandela to have been "politically and morally accountable for the gross violations of human rights committed by the Mandela United Football Club", her security detail.\[5\]\[17\] Madikizela-Mandela endorsed the necklacing of alleged police informers and apartheid government collaborators, and her security detail carried out kidnapping, torture, and murder,\[18\]\[19\]\[9\] most notoriously the killing of 14-year-old Stompie Sepei\[5\]\[20\]\[21\] whose kidnapping she was convicted of.\[22\]


Answered above. [link](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stompie_Seipei)


Winnie mandala comment please explain


She lived the life of a gangsters’ moll and ordered the murder of several people including Stompie Sepei (she was convicted for her part in his kidnapping). The Truth and Reconciliation Committee (convened after the end of Apartheid and headed Desmond Tutu) found she was involved in the kidnapping, failed to prevent the death and covered the crime up. [link](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stompie_Seipei) Plus she encouraged necklacing of informants and forcing people to eat anything that was bought in a ‘white’ shop. Including bleach and washing powder. The shops stopping giving away branded shopping bags after that.


People will remember the Berlin Wall falling but I fear they'll forget about David Hasselhof's performance.


I worked with a women from germany and she was 5 or 6 when the wall came down. She told me the Hasselhof performance was her big memory of it.


isnt that a good thing?


I remember doing work-ups for a deployment (active duty Marine at the time) when the twin towers were hit. My Colonel asked me what I thought that meant. I said “a long deployment to the sandbox again…”. And I wasn’t wrong.


I remember my dad being gone for almost 3 years in the 90’s due to being in Haiti for the coup d’état and then immediately being sent to Rwanda. I learned way to much about hate and the atrocities the world was capable of. I remember my dad coming home and having no faith or hope left. Just as he was becoming a whole person again 9/11 happened and he was gone in less than a week. He spent years bounced between Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and a few other places in the Middle East. When he came home he had missed most my life trying to save others. In the end he says nothing, not even 9/11 compared to what happened in Rwanda and that more people should understand what really happened there. I remember the photos and some of the videos, it was truly horrific. Easily the most violent, cruel and brutal event of my living history. But it was predictable, it was a powder keg for years and no one cared about the 3.5 years of militia training or Uganda arming Hutu rebel force. The UN knew and didn’t care, the USA’s CIA and Washington had knowledge of building forces/tension and there is now open acknowledgment that they knew how many hundreds of thousands of people would potentially die in the upcoming violence. No one did anything, well the USA DID ramp up military aid to a dictator who led with force and terrorized the Hutu but CLAIMED HIM AS A PEACEMAKER! ( potential spark? Who knows) The USA, Canada and anyone else who stepped in after the fact were just as complicit and how it got spun in the news as a peace keeping effort and most of my school education is simply gross.




I remember during the Cuban missile crisis dad digging a hole in the ground for us to hide in. Never got a roof (plywood maybe?) and we ended up using it to throw garbage into.




I remember on sept 10 2001 I was sitting at the computer playing command and conquer red alert 2. I remember this because the mission was to take over Manhattan and at the end of the mission you had the option to garrison or destroy the wtc. Guess which one i picked.


Well I bet that mission aged well.


Oh yeah lovely. 12 year old me sitting in school the next day thinking my friends parents were dying in the city because I decided to blow up the wtc on my 98 gateway.


Kids think the strangest shit.


I was 31 on 9/11 and I remember what I made for dinner that night. Red beans and rice. It was the first and last time I ever made it. Not because we didn't like it, just negative connotations associated with it.


I remember I wore an orange shirt and jeans with ribbon trim. The song that woke me up on my clock radio that morning was Waiting for a girl like you by Foreigner. I hated that song, and I felt like it was an omen of a bad day coming. Yup.


I remember after 9/11 being scared that planes would drop on me (I was 7) and I had awful anxiety over anthrax in the mail




Definitely the most anxious I have been of a forgein attack. The Iraq War was a mistake, sure, but at the time I definitely could see why people were so for it. Context is very important to history and it also gets lost too quickly


I remember the first time I heard a plane overhead after and how we all froze in terror.


I'll talk about ones not mentioned yet. Waco raid on the Branch Davidians - this interrupted an NCAA basketball game I was watching. During the live showing of this, I watched three holes appear in the aluminium siding and the ATF officer rock back three times before falling off the roof. He had taken three bullets. One that isn't as well known is Frizzell's Fish & Chip bombing in Belfast. I was supposed to meet a friend there and I had to call him to say I was late and we'd meet later. The time we were supposed to meet was the time the place was bombed by the IRA. Omagh bombing in 1998. I had a friend who was training for a civil service job in Omagh at the time. He was on the other end of town at the time but it was a scary moment for everyone who knew him. I watching the L.A. riots after Rodney King on CNN. Live on TV I watched Reginald Denny get yanked out of his truck and beaten to hell for no other reason than he was white. I remember watching the Terry Fox run across Canada on the news. The shootings of Reagan and Lennon. I also remember the news reports about the shooting of 14 women at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.


Are you talking about history in general or American history? Edit: since some people are curious about it I'll tell one my stories. I was actually in primary school when this happened. I usually took the train to school with my sister that used to drop me off. Monday to Friday, at the same time, every morning. One morning my family fell asleep, since I was going to be late my dad drove all of us to our schools. Long story short that same day there was 4 simultaneous terrorist attacks in 4 different trains along the same line. One of them hitting one of the main stations of the city. The others hitting 2 stations along the line and a street next to the main station. The attack killed 193 people, so for my country it was the equivalent of 9/11. One of those two stations was actually mine and that trains that were bombed were actually the ones that I used to take every morning.


I was hoping to see more from around the world.


Check the edit, I don't know if it is what you are expecting


Yepp me too


Check the edit


Cuban Missile Crisis. We lived in an apartment and parents were talking about using the heavy dining room table as a blast shelter. The moon landing was so fuzzy and blurry on our old black and white that I couldn't figure out what was happening. Now people watch a cleaned up version.


On 9/11, I remember my mom picking me up from school and passing gas stations and they all had an insane waiting line of cars. I assume everyone was worried the gas was gonna skyrocket.


I remember a few things. A few that stick out was all the Saturday cartoons were off because Tiananman square protest, my child mind didn’t understand how huge that event was. And the other bigger one was the invasion of Kuwait. I was a tad older and with hindsight the way media pushed it was my first taste of manipulation of the people. They only showed the successful bombings and USA victories but not the thousands of innocents who perished.


During the 80s as Japanese competition with American products increasing, there was a lot of anti Japanese sentiment in the USA. This affected politicians, books, and movies. Often this would consist of taking real Japanese problems of racism, nationalism, and sexism within Japan and focusing on that. So often these things were not 100% lies, but it was a question of focus. These memories makes me suspicious of anti Chinese coverage in the media currently.


A lot of the anti-China stuff in the media is almost certainly propaganda


The 1993 movie Rising Sun with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes dealt with this topic and is well worth a watch.


I recall when I was very young, my dad had gone back to the old country to visit family and I was home (in Canada) with my mom. I have a memory of my mom having me sleep in her bed (something that had never happened before or since), and had me say prayers that my dad would come home soon. Later I realized that this was during the Cuban missile crisis.


On 9/11 I arrived at work around 8:30. After getting settled I thought it was strange that my web browser wasn’t connecting to news sites. My Indian coworker was able to access one his country’s sites and said “Something happened in New York.” We had these big screen plasma TVs around the building that were only used for work related information, but someone somewhere turned them to the national news. We just stood around dumbfounded. That was probably the last major event that we’ll follow on tv.


For the opioid epidemic, I think what will be overlooked is that it was more than just pharmaceutical companies and corrupt doctors that caused it. It was an entire culture of bad drug police and bad drug education combined with a culture that values taking things to the excess. At the root of it, it's a country which loves to use drugs with governments that prefer criminalization and band aid fixes because the whole system is so broken


I remember the shootings of JFK, MLK, and Robert Kennedy. I remember asking for the Woodstock double album set for Christmas. In early grade school I remember doing a “cheer” on the playground that went, “Hot water, cold water, (jump) vote for Goldwater!” In high school gas was restricted and they lowered the speed limit to 55 MPH. At the same time, abortion was about to legalized. Our school dress code changed to allow girls to wear pants (but never jeans).


I was hoping for a Woodstock memory. I wasn't born until 71 but the old guy who fixes my car once told me "I lost my virginity at Woodstock...several times." Awesome guy.


I was in junior high, so not quite old enough but VERY aware of it on tv. I couldn’t wait to get contact lenses in 8th grade so I could get false eyelashes like Twiggy. The whole family watched Laugh-in together.


Some 9/11 memories -Cell phones had no service , lines busy or out - Jet planes patrolling the sky - cops on every corner doing fa - Price gouging by car rental companies - Post 9/11 the roads being empty - Cabs plastered with American flags - the drivers scared that they would get beaten up


I live near WPAF base. They flew the president out here. I think they just flew in circles over the base. There was a separate plane crash that day and it happened at the VA. It made the ground shake and a loud boom. I was about 10 miles away and felt it. At first the news reported on it as a plane crash. Then they said it never happened and it was a plane breaking the sound barrier. I have heard the planes break the sound barrier many times and it was nothing like that.


Yeah, I remember calling via three different lines: cell, landline and newfangled internet voip thing some college kids were using to avoid incurring long distance fees. Finally got through via the landline.


During the Viet Nam war the military was held back from doing things that would "win the war" bombing restrictions and other things. The politicians in Washington DC were responsible for extending the war and causing the death of many more [soldiers. It](https://soldiers.It) was a horrible , unnecessary war. I remember the older guys in my home town being killed and wounded. The protests were everywhere. Not the soldiers doing but the politicians. Dig into it, research it. They will not teach that in school.


Uh, this is common knowledge and was at the time as well. The US armed forces could have easily driven all the way to Hanoi, and could have leveled the place via bombing as well. Doing so, however, would have been an invitation to either China or the USSR (or both) to send their own troops in to prevent the fall of a communist regime, and then you have the potential for WW3. The US therefore chose a limited war, with the plan ultimately being to just kill as many North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong to make them unwilling to continue the war. Obviously that strategy failed.


Shit never changes. Charlie Daniels did a song and said with Afghanistan with the line about Let them win or bring them home. Not going to say I know how much things need to be restricted, but yeah the politicians tie the hands to some point.


Charlie Daniels, What a guy. Sad that he passed but so are all of those musicians of that age group. That is my kind of music.


My mum always says it’s funny how Marilyn Monroe has become such an icon, at the time of her death she had pretty much become a joke. Constant stories of her being late to set and just a mess in general.




Yeah, absolutely. But people are cruel to those in entertainment. Think of what a joke Britney Spears became before we all started feeling bad, or Anna Nicole Smith. Amy Winehouse, Amanda Bynes, Bam Margera. The media and society haven’t always had an understanding or sympathy towards mental health or addiction issues, and in a lot of cases still don’t.


Heard same about Jim Morrison. That he was considered a joke


I see a lot of you talk about 9/11, but as a 19y/o french i remember many other terrorist attacks. First of all in january 2015 the attacks on charlie hebdo and hypercacher. I was at my golf lesson in paris during the first one, and saw my mother crying. The second one i was at school, and i as many of my classmates and my french teacher werent feeling well, cuz we were all jews. I saw both events conclude on tv and we all thought it would be the end of it. Next thing you know on november 13th 2015 i (kinda) predicted something was going to happen. I joked with my friends that france would lose its game against germany cuz it was friday 13th, and i was kinda superstitious. That evening i was not in paris but at the countryside, and watched the game with my sister. During the first half i heard a first bang through the tv, and like everyone else i thought it was just a small firework. Then a few minutes later, as the camera was pointing on a french player we all heard the second bang. I will forever remember the player turning his head to see where the noise was coming from. At that point everyone realised something was wrong. At the end of the game we all stayed up till 1 or 2am watching the news as we saw all the devastation in my hometown, and then the newt week as the french police was looking for the terrorists. Im kinda sad i rarely see people talking about those attacks since they are as important as 9/11 in modern history imo


Ohh Charlie Hendo was big news all over the world. I remember “Je suis Paris” being everyone on the internet


\*Je suis Charlie


Yeah, I was debating with that and Paris


strangely, for me, one country over and bout a decade older, those terror attacks are just.. every now and then we have a new muslim or nazi terror attack killing a handful of people. the new normal.


Does France talk about 911 more than this or just the world in general?


In france we mainly talk about november 13th, i rarely saw a documentary or people in general talking about 911 in france. Obviously we talk about it sometimes but we were deeply affected by 11/13th.


I was 8 months pregnant in November ‘15. My husbands best friend, the man we decided would be the godfather to our son was at that game. We knew he was there. We could not get in contact with him the entire night. That was the first time, for me personally, that terror came very close. He was fortunately ok, and my husband travelled to Paris the next evening to support him emotionally (we live in another country). I remember sitting at home, heavily pregnant and praying so hard that I wouldn’t lose my husband to another terroristattack.


Oh well. I remember that, too. But decided to watch some videos about it anyway. Regretting a lot.


I was only 8 months exactly on 9/11. Honestly couldn’t tell you anything about it but the thing that really sticks out from when I was older was a local mall shooting where 8 people died. I was in kindergarten and the whole school got put on lockdown. We weren’t that close to the mall (give or take 5 miles) but 6 year old me didn’t really think much of it. I can hardly recall that day besides no recess.


I lived through the covid19 pandemic and remember that there was a scarcity of toilet paper at the beginning


I don't think it was even discussed globally as we are not an important nation and it didn't affect the west, but we had the most catastrophic volcanic eruption to happen in the 20th century during the 90s. We had towns turned into dessert due to ash falls and remained as it is. Edit: Forgot to mention it, it's Mt Pinatubo eruption of 1991 in the Philippines.


If you're talking about Pinatubo, that definitely got a lot of coverage in the west.


For 9/11 it was the sheer confusion. What had happened, who was to blame, who had claimed responsibility. Just the sheer scope of destruction was unfathomable, which then meant every possible culprit was within the realm of possibility. After came the eerie calm. Even last year at the height of the pandemic, you would always see a plane in the sky. But that afternoon there was nothing, not even a traffic chopper. It's hard to explain how unsettling an empty sky is. For Canadian readers, one that won't make the history books was the circumstances of Ernie Coombs's death (children's entertainer Mr Dressup). Went into a coma September 10th, passed away September 12th. I like to think he was mercifully spared from seeing that horror.


The shock after Port Arthur. Just total and utter devestation. I was in year 8 and we had our teachers talking to us about it, because it was everywhere and they wanted to help us process it. And we couldn’t understand why. And how do you explain such evil? I still can’t think about Allanah and Madeline without crying.


This may be a bit too regional but everyone refers to the May 18th 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens as a single event. Like it really only had one eruption. but I remember it went on for a while, having many eruptions the following year. I missed the initial eruption but was able to witness many of the following ones. [link for referance](https://www.usgs.gov/volcanoes/mount-st-helens/1980-cataclysmic-eruption?qt-science_support_page_related_con=2#qt-science_support_page_related_con)


I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1975 until the late 1980’s, and I worked at a hospital. In very short succession we had the Jim Jones Massacre, Dan White murdering Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone and the Twinkie defense trial. Then we had AIDS. I’ve mentioned before that (now) Representative Jackie Speier went with the congressperson that represented a district that had many families members move away with Jones. Jones didn’t let people communicate and the families were frantic for some information about their loved ones. The representative and his team arrived pretty much around the time of the koolaid incident, and they were shot at; the congressman was killed, Speier was left for dead. It was because of this incident that she chose to become a representative. Very close in time to this tragedy, we had the Dan White murders. Now senator Diane Feinstein took over as interim mayor and was later elected mayor. The trial was a travesty; as usual, Harvey Milk was the person put on trial, and White received a very lenient sentence. And the dissatisfaction of the gay community started to rumble. It all came to a head when the police “raided” a gay bar in the Castro, and it was hell. I honestly couldn’t believe the gay community was being punished for being unhappy with the travesty of justice that was the Dan White trial. Then young men started getting sick and dying very quickly. You would see men with big purple blotches, and recognize Karposi Sarcoma, and know that things were not going well for him. If you remember how people didn’t know anything about COVID when it first presented, then you will know what this was like. But instead of the government go into “operation warp speed,” it was almost like they went into “slow down and take a break, it’s only those perverts that are dying.” The gay community was even split amongst themselves: there was a strong suggestion that this was an STD, and the city wanted to close the bath houses. These were places people went to for casual sex, often unprotected. Some of the community felt closing the houses could possibly save lives; some saw it as just further persecution for being gay. Friends were fighting amongst each other in between funerals. The hospitals’ responses were mixed. Some hospitals wanted nothing to do with these patients. Bless General hospital and ward 5B. But there were whole new problems: parents that refused to let their child’s partner visit, people in denial, people without insurance needing massive amounts of care. We had marijuana brownies, a whole new “meals on wheels” system for the AIDS victims, and the AIDS quilt. It was a time of intense sadness. It was also a time of some of the gallowest of gallows humor. I still miss some people. They didn’t need to die. Oh, and Anthony Fauci was not real popular with the victims of this disease until he sat and really listened to their concerns and needs. There was some real give and take, and some people may still not like him, but very few didn’t come to respect his willingness to learn as much as could to really help these patients. I feel like I wrote a lot, but so much happened, I know I haven’t done this period justice.


I was a goth my sophomore year of high school when Columbine happened. The bullying narrative was pushed really hard then. Instead of asking if we were being bullied (we were), the goth/punk/metal kids were treated like security threats. My school had literally no security before Columbine. Afterwards we had cops patrolling & a teacher sitting at the front desk. We didn’t even have IDs until Columbine. They considered banning backpacks. Just all these weird reactions that addressed everything except the fact that two mentally ill kids were able to build an arsenal and massacre their classmates.


Well as to the security I'd say it was more because Columbine was at the time a bit of a breaking point. After the few the year before by students this was seen as we need to take this more serious moment. I agree with your point, but I think people tend to overlook that part of this being so serious was the few high profile ones the year before as well.


When Kennedy was shot, it was all that played on tv for a long, time. I remember the cartoons were canceled for more news coverage. I didn’t like that one bit. I was a toddler. I remember the riots in the 70’s and the black panthers. I was terrified and bullied in school. The teachers and principal believed me. I was stabbed leaving the gym. My bully was expelled. I am white, she was black, and the principal was black. She was expelled. I was not. I remember Watergate and Nixon. I remember loving Jimmy Carter, but voting against him in the very first election I ever voted in. I remember 911, seeing it on the tv when I checked my son in to preK. I saw it all, live. One of my friends, and her father, got in the car and drove straight there. They wanted to help, and they did. I was in Grand Isle, Louisiana a couple weeks before the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. I shot photos of the birds, and the water. Eventually I made a series of paintings about it that were very successful.


There was a national news network for public schools staffed by young-looking people as a means to relate to the student audience. In the weeks and months after 9/11, the tone understandably changed. But it became a kind of propaganda. Nervous excitement, jets taking off from aircraft carriers set to stirring, dramatic rock music. As a result, I will always associate [Breakdown by Tantric](https://youtu.be/J7suVuEjSzI) with that emotionally charged time. So many of us wanted to go and fight, and a lot did.


This is kind of the opposite as I learned this from someone who was younger. When 9/11 happened I was in my 20s and in the US Air Force. Recently I was taking to someone who was around 7 when 9/11 occurred and they told me that they got sent home for school out if fears that terrorists would target such a building. This wasn’t limited to the NYC area but rather happened all across the country. I never realized that.


The most interesting thing post 9/11 was zero flights at all in the air. You don’t realize how quiet and eerie it seems with zero flights. Nothing at all in the sky. I also live near 3 mile island. I was 4 when it almost melted down. I remember my Mom coming outside, where I was playing with my brothers, and telling us we had to come in because something was in the air. She made us stay in the basement for a day. I was also in the PA Capital for a school tour the day Bud Dwyer did his thing…we suddenly stopped our tour and left.


My home care client tells me he remembers being with his brother and overhearing his parents talk in the kitchen about Hilter getting out of control over seas (we are in Canada). Crazy to think that was only like 80 yrs ago...


I know it currently feels like since 2016 we've gotten "intensely political" with all the stuff around Trump, Brexit, mass shootings, Epstein, #MeToo, George Floyd, COVID and so on. But I think people sometimes forget how intense the early 2010s were in terms of drumming up anti-establishment sentiment and I think it will be looked back on has a huge point of change like how 1917 was or even the end of World War II. You had: * Multiple dictators overthrown * Huge protests in virtually everything country (the mainly forgotten one I find interesting is China) * Massive shift in social consciousness, socially left viewpoints became more and more accepted * Numerous well-publicised cases of police brutality, Wikileaks, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning massively undermined trust in governments, especially the USA.


When we moved from DC to California in 1976 (military father) gas was being sold by wether your plates were odd or even numbers. I was 5 and helped my dad pump gas. That’s crazy now but people waited patiently. March 1981. I was in grade school. Just moved back east to the DC area from the west coast… When Reagan was shot they wheeled TVs into our classrooms and we all watched the news until we left for the day. About an hour later. When the Challenger shuttle exploded.. we were watching it happen. Both instances my teachers were calm and kept us calm. They talked about what happened and answered our questions.


The 7/7 bombing was scary. I don't know anyone who was affected by it, but my dad and my brother were out (I was 15 at the time and wasn't at school for one reason or another), and when that sort of situation happens, you just want to know that your friends and family are safe if they are out. There were several bombings, and because they all occurred on public transport, I just thought either my dad or brother would get caught up in it. The attacks happened quite far outside of their routes for the day, but like I said, when it's happening in real time, you just don't know until after it's all over.


The "Mexican Stand-Down known as the Cuban Missle Blockade. I was in eighth grade and my buddy Eddie and I said goodbye on that Friday afternoon and admitted we might not meet again.


Not exactly a major event in history, except for those it directly affected, but I remember hearing the IRA Manchester bomb going off in 1996 when I was about 7 years old. Was staying with my Grandma (who would occasionally take my younger brother and I into the city centre, luckily not that day) and we were outside in the backyard with her just relaxing when there was a loud booming noise. Remember her telling us it was probably just the local quarry blasting rocks. Nope, was the bomb going off several miles away. It was quickly on the news and I assume my mum frantically rang the house phone to make sure we were all safe and well but I don’t remember anything else from that day, just the sound.


I remember seeing my babysitter's older brother being killed on live tv during the Vietnam war. I was babysat by a family of mostly girls and each girl would "graduate" to being my babysitter. The baby brother of the family was one of my best friends. The next up brother was my childhood crush. I knew the entire family. I remember asking my mom, "Mama! Is that Dean?! Mama, that's Deanie!"


My Grandpa was forced into the German Wehrmacht at the age of 16 - although part of my Family where threatened/hunted by the Nazi-Regime . At 17 he was stationed at the Coast in the Normandy where D-Day happened. At the morning of the invasion, he was on guard and saw the boats and though he maybe experienced hallucinations because of the lack of sleep, but reported it to his supervising officer, who though he was drunk and got angry - until he saw out of the bunker.


A couple (I'm 46)..... 1. The Aids warning adverts in the UK, I was 13 when these came out and put me off having unprotected sex for life. It was genuinely a scary time as it looked like there would never be a cure. 2. The threat of nuclear attack in the early 80's. I was only a kid but we watched Threads and When the Wind Blows at school and it scarred us all for life. It honestly felt like the end of the world was coming.


I remember the Iran hostage crisis, we talked about it at home and in school. We were all holding our breath for some good news and were all very happy when they were released. It’s just a shame that people give credit to Reagan for their release, he had nothing to do with it. Carter worked very hard for that to happen peacefully.




On 9/11 when President Bush was informed of the attack, he was sitting in a classroom reading to children. There's famous pictures of him getting the news and a clip of him standing and walking out of the room. Was isn't generally known is that after being told, he sat there, thinking, for *11 minutes* before he got up and left.


Kinda indicates nor many older people use reddit when most old memories here are 9/11.






1) The civil rights movement was in part a response to Russian's calling out our human rights hypocrisy with, "and you are lynching negroes" ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And\_you\_are\_lynching\_Negroes](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_you_are_lynching_Negroes)) We wanted to differentiate ourselves and unify to fight the cold war. 2) Japan's surrender in WW2 to the US came nearly a month after we used the atom bombs because Russia was coming to occupy them and would offer less favorable conditions than the US.


I have an aunt who has memories of covering windows with newspapers to as a precaution against Japanese air raids during world war 2. This was in india.


The Carter administration was a tad before me, but my husband and my parents talk about how insane the economic situation was at the time. Home loan interest rates were well in the double digits! My mom had to sit in line at the gas station for hours waiting her turn to fill up. Inflation was completely out of control. Then you had the Iranian hostage situation. I still love watching the movie Miracle on Ice because of the context it happened within.


Oh I got a few stories from my grandma and great grandmother if you're interested


The house I use to live in brooklyn tpu could if you went to the top floor see the top half of the twin towers. On the day of 9-11 from our home tou could see the first impact site in the north tower. I had a pair of binoculars with 39x zoom power. And I could clearly see the people who were waving white flags and behind them was fire. This one woman I could see the sheer terror on her face😱 a wall of fire behind her😱 and she JUMPED😱 from the 90th floor!


Yes, I remember the people jumping. I had nightmares about that for a long time.


A lot more minor and a lot more recent but I remember everyone on the radio argung over Madeline McCann and if her parents where to blame for the disapearence. And not like in a "they did it" sort of way, just if they were to blame for not keeping an eye on their kid. I was myself a kid at the time so didn't really understand why everyone was arguing about it. I just remember parents being super oara oid afterwards for a while. Never really seen that argument mentioned. Closest thing is people saying the parents did it, I've never really seen a documentary touch on people arguing if they were good parents though.


I suppose you’re not Portuguese... that was the first reaction and everyone’s opinion of them. Who leaves kids unattended to get shit faced?


Watching 911 live on TV, just the amount of confusion happening.


Challenger exploding. Absolute pure shock for about 20 minutes. No one talked, no one moved, either just stared at the tv (or radio) or just cried.