1. When John F. Kennedy was shot (November 22, 1963)
Both sets of my grandparents were barely pregnant with each of my parents.
2. When Mt. St. Helens blew (May 18, 1980)
Parents were in high school, didn't have driver's licenses yet.
3. When the space shuttle Challenger exploded (January 28, 1986)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Federal Republic of Germany. At this time I was fluent in both English and German.
4. When the 7.1 earthquake hit San Francisco (October 17, 1989)
New Albany, Indiana, United States of America. This was epsilon-close (given the age of the universe) to the New Albany Earthquakes. By this time, I probably only knew Ich spreche kleine deutsch (I speak little German)
5. When the Berlin Wall fell (November 7, 1989)
I imagine that I heard about this then, given that I had until recently lived in Germany. However, it was likely one of those 'who cares' things to me then.
6. When the Gulf War began (January 16, 1991)
Hmm. Second grade? I remember there being Operation: Desert Storm trading cards, and my class did one of those letters-to-the-troops things, and got one reply.
7. When the first World Trade Center bombing happened (February 26, 1993)
Actually, I remember hearing about the car bomb, and thinking to myself "No, if you wanted to make the building collapse you'd put the bomb here....or here..." All in all I thought it was a stupid thing for someone to have done, and didn't understand why they did it.
8. When OJ Simpson was chased in his White Bronco (June 17, 1994)
I know that I watched a lot of the trial on TV, but don't think I knew of anything happening this day.
9. When the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed (April 19, 1995)
I think I remember this happening, but then again it was 6 weeks before I was diagnosed with Infectious Mononucleosis, ear infections, and something else. I spent that entire summer living in the basement because it was too warm upstairs, eating nothing more then Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, reading one or two books and playing an occasional video game. I think that I slept for 75% of that summer, and then couldn't run (or play football, baseball, or basketball) for a few months after school started back up. I believe this was the time when I went from partaking in sports to being apathetic about them. My physician wanted me hospitalized, but knew of my intrensic fear of them ("hospitals are where people go to die"), so let me stay at home as long as I didn't appear to get any worse. Oh, and here's something more I remember about this time: Went to the Intensive Care Center, was diagnosed there. He gave some meds, and a few days later it was so much worse (and during the daytime) that my mom took me to my regular physician. He said that the meds I had been prescribed would do nothing for any of the problems that I had. Oh, and there was one amusing memory about this... my dad was a big user of the phrase "I can't hear your head rattle" if you shook your head in response to a question you were asked. So when I was barely able to breathe (much less speak) and tried answering a yes/no question; he interjected with "You're sick, I can hear your head rattle."
10. When Princess Di was killed (August 31, 1997)
I remember this being on the news, and not caring. I also recall having royalty and totalarianism as an equivalence class in my mind.
11. When Bush was first announced President (November 7, 2000)
My dorm in Speed Hall, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana. I officially seceded from the union and declared myself the sovereign of the sovereign nation-state of Canadia.
12. When the 6.8 earthquake hit Nisqually, WA (February 28, 2001)
I don't remember ever hearing of this, but I was probably putting together my old new computer.
13. When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center (September 11, 2001)
I was IM'd that morning by a friend who had dropped out and transferred to ISU who told me to turn on CNN. I was watching from right after it happened until well beyond when the towers collapsed. After IMing me the friend set an away message of "I'm taking a shower... I hope terrorists don't fly a plane into -my- building". Within a month I will have been desensitized of this event and am sick of the term "nine-eleven"; especially as I am beginning the transition of mm/DD/YY to DD MM YYYY (i.e. 01/06/04 -> 06 January 2004). This day I watched CNN so much that I missed a quiz in Discrete and Combinatorial Algebra I. Missing this quiz turned out to make me miss just enough points that I got a B+ instead of an A. (that is assuming that I got a B or better on the quiz)
14. When Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas. (February 1, 2003)
The same friend IM'd me, and I one again watched the news all day. I read a lot about the space shuttle program, including "5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Goodbye, Columbia" which covers the entire history of the NASA shuttle program.
General Disclaimers: I didn't get any kind of permission for the links, so I hope they don't have any random problems with people linking to their pages. One of the things I saw on Infectious Mononucleosis had such problems (I think), I didn't read their rules on linking to their information, I found a new source (and it was better).
I got the idea (and questions) from maimerofhearts.
That is all. Thank you.
. Before the election I posted a notice on the door of my dorm room stating that if Bush were to win the Presidency I would secede and form the nation of Canadia. We are the true Canadians, the people from Canada are Canadans (pronounced Can-uh-dans).