What events stand out in your mind?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by hillbilly68, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

    We probably don't give much thought to this, but what world events (not personal events) stand out in your mind during your life. A good test is probably if you can remember what you were doing when "x" happened and you first heard about it. Just your top five at most...

    1. when the twin towers got hit

    2. the morning the Challenger exploded after launch

    3. the day President Reagan was shot

    4. the night the Berlin wall came down
  2. matt g

    matt g Guest

    You named the 4 that I was going to name.

    Here are my alternates:

    1. First joint
    2. First car
    3. First **** job
    4. First time I jumped out of a plane

  3. user4

    user4 New Member

    Can't imagine how THAT tasted

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2008
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    OMG! I damn near lost a lung on that one...

    Here's a couple:

    1) When the Twin Towers were hit, I was in Korea and it was the NIGHT of the 11th - bedtime for us overthere, except we never went to bed.

    2) When Mt. St. Helens Blew Her Top- I was riding my bike in the front of the house and heard it. Literally.

    3) January 25th, 2002 - I damn near died that day, took 12,500 volts of primary voltage in a freak accident and spent two plus days in ICU, by myself, with a few of my guys visiting, but basically alone. That would be JD +1 and Gravelings -1 to date..... F**kers!

  5. user4

    user4 New Member

    Mt St Helens Eruption. Sat on the roof of my house and watched the ash rain down.

    Twin towers. Best day of working at a call center. Ever. No calls.

    Desert Storm. I was glued to CNN.

    Berlin Wall comes down. I worked at a newspaper at the time.
  6. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

    Thats something I hope to do someday, very soon.
    very, VERY soon...

    As for me:

    1) Columbine
    2) Columbia Disaster
    3) 9/11
  7. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    All of the above +

    11/22/63 Dallas te.the Kennedy assassination !

    7/21/69 Neil Armstrong ,first man to walk on the moon !

    5/4/70 4 killed , 9 wounded Kent State University, who the hell
    gave these guys live ammo ??:(
  8. matt g

    matt g Guest

    I don't know how it went for you, bro, but I was the one getting it, not giving it.

    Dammit, I've been setup again.
  9. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    1. Berlin wall I remember that.
    2. Y2K (I was hoping and praying for it to fix my credit back then) This was a somber time as I was visiting my cousin who was dying from emphyzema and years of being an alcoholic. Which a lot of that stemed from he two tours in Viet Nam.
    3. World Series Earthquake (October 17, 1989 at 5:04 P.M.) I was in the garage when everything started swinging and falling off the walls.
    4. Challanger happend at 8:39 in the morning. I was getting ready for school. We watched some of it on the TV in school.
    5. 9-11 I was at work and had just gave a Rabies shot to a dog when we got the call to shut down and send people home. It was very quiet that day and I hate to say it but I went fishing. They shut down the base and said to go home and wait. All people who didn't need to be on duty were sent home.
  10. Northwoods

    Northwoods New Member

    Man, when you get old there are sooooooo many of them.

    I easily remember:

    Carl Chessman's execution.

    JFK's election.

    Ike's farewell speech (Military-Industrial Complex Warning)
    (Originally, in this speech, it was the Military-Industrial-Congressional Triangle)

    Marilyn Monroe's "suicide".

    And then all the rest.................
  11. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    (1) My wedding day
    (2) Turning "Blue" (completing Army Infantry course)
    (3) my first alcohol experience
    (4) 9/12, America suddenly realizing they were Americans
    (5) ineffable with a lightning fast comeback regarding someones first "experience":eek:
  12. Fayettedave

    Fayettedave New Member

    1. JFK assassination - being from DC it really hit home.
    2. Seeing the Beatles at DC stadium during their 1st US tour - 1964. Beatlemania begins!
    3. 1968 - the whole f**king year: Tet Offensive - MLK assassination - RFK assassination - Riots -Democratic National Convention, Chicago - Nixon elected President - etc. - etc.
    4. Armstrong's Moon walk.
    5. 9/11/01
  13. matt g

    matt g Guest

    I forgot about Y2K. I spent it sitting in front of the "Bat Phone" with a loaded side arm on my thigh and a loaded rifle in my hand. It was my job to initiate the alert process if **** hit the fan and the Guard was needed to quell civil unrest.
  14. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member


    That was the day I enlisted, I was at the MEPS and it was on the TV right before I took my oath.
  15. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

    I'm only 24, but here are mine.

    1. Sept 11, 2001- I was in school taking the I-step test to graduate high school in 04'. I had a lot of friends who signed up for military service that day.
    2. First car accident- I found out that Buicks are built like tanks, at least when you hit em with a Dodge Neon.
    3. The day I shot my first deer.
    4. Two weeks ago when I saw my babies heart beat on the ultrasound- Yes, I know what causes that!!! LOL

    SGT-MILLER New Member

    1. The day I married my wife.

    2. The birth of my first child (daughter).

    3. The birth of my second child (son).

    4. The birth of my third child (another son).

    ................yeah I know, I'm a big into family, and I'm a bit of a sucker sometimes...lol.
  17. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    1. Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon at my grandparents' house. (They had a TV!)
    2. RTC GLAKES when the Islamofascists took over our embassy in Tehran.
    4. In the Airborne Transceiver lab at NATTC Memphis when the instructor came in, flicked his cigarette behind one of the benches, and announced the news of Desert 1.
    3. Anwar Sadat assassination. I recall Tom Brokaw warning that the footage had not been viewed by anyone prior to its transmission, and it was some pretty grim stuff. I stood where it happened a few years later.
    4. Dropping my seabag in my room at the Borinquen barracks in Puerto Rico after a short-notice flight in from the ship, turning on the TV and watching live coverage of Waco. The only one of these which made me cry, BTW. Both for the victims, and for our nation.
  18. gocritter

    gocritter Member

    Most of the above plus I remember the exact spot I was standing and what I looked at when the news flash of the attack on Pearl Harbor came on the radio. Also my exact location at the time of JFK's death.
  19. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    God, so much of our memories are based around National Tragedy. :(

    I was looking over the list and the day The Marine Barracks were hit in 1983 came to mind. I was watching the news with my dad, I remember how mad he was, just livid, and while I was still pretty young, I learned on that day that True Evil existed and that you can't take "people doing the right thing" for granted.

    So many, so many innocent lives lost and those days are what stand out the most, with a few exceptions obviously.
  20. wrench

    wrench Guest

    These are in chronological order, other wise #4 would be number one

    #1 I remember watching the helicopter retrieving marines from the embassy in Viet Nam, it was what got me to start watching the news.
    #2 Reagan shooting and then finding out that John Hinkley Jr. was only trying to impress Jodi Foster
    #3 911
    #4 becoming born again for sure "putting Jesus first in my life" beyond the shadow of a doubt
    #5 death of my dad