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What is the first news story you remember?
Old 09-11-2021, 11:14 AM
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I think for me it was the Persian Gulf War. I distinctly remember seeing pictures in newspapers and talking about it in elementary school.


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Old 09-11-2021, 11:24 AM
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Mine was definitely the Iran hostage crisis.
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:25 AM
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July 1969.......the moon landing. I was 4 years old, and I vividly remember watching it on our black and white tv. For some reason, it terrified me, and I cried.
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:30 AM
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I can still visualize the huge headline in the LA Times that said EISENHOWER when he was re-elected in 1956. I was 5.
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:37 AM
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Thatís such an interesting question, and Iím not sure of my answer. I wish it were the first moon landing but I have no recollection of it, so I think I didnít actually see it. I think my first news story that I remember (although vaguely) was Jim McKay somberly reporting about the Israeli athletes killed in Munich. I didnít understand it at all, but he looked so sad and I think I sensed that my parents were sad, so it troubled me.

I very much remember the Jonestown Massacre.


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Old 09-11-2021, 11:37 AM
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JFK being elected President in 1960. People thought my dad looked like a young JFK and heíd joke a lot about that.
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:44 AM
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While I was aware of Presidential elections and who won, the first big news story that affected me strongly was the Cuban Missile Crisis. Since we lived not that far from Washington, DC, and several military installations, I realized that nuclear war would probably be the end of me.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:07 PM
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I remember the mock election of 1968 at Sunday school.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:18 PM
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I remember the Challenger exploding. I was in 5th grade.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:20 PM
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it was the Cuban Missile Crisis, too. I also have a vivid memory of Krushchev at a meeting with the United States in which he became very angry, took his shoe off, and beat it on the table to make his point.

When the Cuban Missile Crisis or maybe The Bay of Pigs was going on, I had a very vivid dream in which Kruschchev came to my house and started chasing me with a bullwhip. I was 5 or 6, probably 6. I remember every single detail of that dream to this day.


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Old 09-11-2021, 12:30 PM
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I think it was the Iran Hostage Crisis.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:40 PM
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The JFK assassination in 1963 when I was 9. I think that was the first time I understood that there was a wider world out there.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:59 PM
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The first I remember was the OKC bombing, I was in (upper) elementary school and afraid to take a bath because I was afraid a bomb would be in our tub.

I think OJ was the next year and I remember that.

In kindergarten I remember going and tying yellow ribbons to the fence because people were coming home from war (I think). The Persian Gulf war was when I was in kindergarten, so that would line up.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:09 PM
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1st moon landing on our black and white tv. I was 5 and my parents woke us up to watch and explained history was being made. I just wanted ro go back to sleep.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:13 PM
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The death of FDR. I remember a neighbor crying and I didn't know what had happened. That was in 1945.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:13 PM
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Even though they were about two years apart, I recall Jimmy Carter's inauguration and the Iran hostages' homecoming. I had a Washington Post paper route with my sister from about '77 to '82, and it was exciting uncovering the bundles of newspapers and seeing the headlines.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:16 PM
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I remember the assination of JFK. I was in 5th grade. Pretty clueless about the world until then.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:23 PM
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I think it was the long, long lines at gas stations in the 1970s. I also remember the Iranian hostages as a big story.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:43 PM
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Elvis dying, and Americas 200thbirthday
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:05 PM
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1963 Kennedy assassination. I was 4. I remember my mum watching the news in the middle of the day--something she NEVER did--and she cried. I don't think I'd ever seen my mum cry before.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:12 PM
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The assassination of MLK. I was 4 years old. I donít remember much but I do remember my parents being upset.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:16 PM
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I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. Was in Kindergarten, didn't really know the specifics, but knew that there was something really serious going on, probably because of activities surrounding it.

The school sent home a list of shelf stable foods that our parents were to pack in a shoebox. Things like crackers, cans of juice, Vienna sausages. (I remember those because Mom NEVER bought stuff like that. ) We also had to have 2 changes of clothes. All that was kept in our cubby.

We had air raid warning practices - yup, "Duck and Cover" and bus drills. At the first bus drill, we were told that if we lived closer than a mile from school, we would walk home. Well, when the drill started, that's exactly what a friend and I started to do! We weren't told anything different. Got about halfway home when the principal picked us up! We were to have waited in the cafeteria.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:20 PM
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Assassination of MLK and the unrest that followed. I was 4 and lived in Kansas City.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:32 PM
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I donít remember the headlines, but I was in 6th grade watching the Challenger take off. Thinking how cool it was and even cooler a teacher got to be on board. My teacher was a huge space person.

Headlines-Jessica McClure? The toddler that fell down a well. It was fascinating as I had never seen a real well before and couldnít figure out how she fell.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:47 PM
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I think mine was probably the Oklahoma City Bombing. I was in pre-school.

I also remember some of the bombings of Ted Kascyinski, the unibomber. I just looked it up and the ones in my lifetime began in 1993, which was the same year as the Oklahoma City Bombing, so I feel that verifies that those are news stories I truly remember and didn't just hear about.

I don't remember the Gulf War on the news, but I remember my baby-sitter's brother fought in it, and I remember her writing him letters, sending him care packages, and talking about missing him. That was in 1991, so a few years before the Oklahoma City Bombing and some of the bombings of the unibomber.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:48 PM
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Headlines-Jessica McClure? The toddler that fell down a well. It was fascinating as I had never seen a real well before and couldnít figure out how she fell.
My brother was her age and my mom always talks about how he was fascinated with her.
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Old 09-11-2021, 03:45 PM
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Assassination of MLK and the unrest that followed. I was 4 and lived in Kansas City.
I was 8 but I remember this vividly. I was in the car going for allergy shots when it was announced on the radio. We lived in Chicago and I remember the coverage of the unrest that followed.
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Old 09-11-2021, 04:33 PM
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I think for me it was also the Iran Hostage crisis.
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Old 09-11-2021, 04:39 PM
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There may be earlier things, but the only thing that sticks out in my mind is the Bill Clinton scandal and subsequent impeachment. I was in elementary school.

My parents read the paper every morning, but never watched nightly news or anything like that, so I wasn't exposed to a lot of news. In fact, the TV was rarely on in my house. We would sit down together to watch a few specific shows each week; it was never, ever, just on.

Kids at school talked about the Clinton thing, made jokes, etc. And I remember being in an Applebees when the news that he'd been impeached by the house came out. People were watching on the TVs and our waiter told us what happened.
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Old 09-11-2021, 04:53 PM
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Watergate...It was on all channels and preempted my cartoons
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Old 09-11-2021, 04:57 PM
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Not newspaper. But, I can remember coming home from school and seeing news coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing as a child. I can remember the footage and remember them talking about the daycare that was in the building (I was 8).
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Old 09-11-2021, 05:48 PM
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I was young. I thought it had to do with gates holding back water. 😂 But I remember it was on the news every night.
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Old 09-11-2021, 07:08 PM
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Probably JFK being elected, because I remember how everyone was talking about him and his wife Jaqueline being so young. And she was so beautiful.
I really remember "duck and cover" drills when started school, especially being told to close our eyes and not look out the windows (later I learned it was because of "the flash" that could blind you.) Not sure if that was because of the Cuban missile crisis or the cold war in general.
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Old 09-11-2021, 07:29 PM
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Jonestown and John Wayne Gacy. I remember watching it on tv. I also remember being in Florida in 1969 watching the Apollo go to the moon. We puled off the road and there were a lot of other cars there too. We have pictures of the Apollo (basically a big ball of fire) in the air.
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Old 09-11-2021, 08:01 PM
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I was 4 when JFK was assassinated but I have no recollection of it. I think the first big news I actually remember was the assassination of MLK.

Very interesting thread!

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Old 09-12-2021, 02:37 AM
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It was the JFK assassination both on tv and newspaper headlines. I was 8 and remember coming home from school and my mom crying (like others have mentioned) and I had never seen her cry before. Of course, I had no understanding of the news, just it was upsetting my mom!
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:06 AM
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The Kennedy of election is the first thing I remember really being aware of, probably because my parents talked about it a lot.
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Old 09-14-2021, 06:58 PM
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I remember JFK's assassination in 1963.seeing Mrs. Kennedy & the Kennedy Brothers coming off the plane. Then LBJ & Ladybird speaking to the people. I was 7 years old and a girl scout. I remember our trip was cancelled for that Saturday. On Sunday I saw Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby at my Grandmom's after Sunday School. Then on Monday, I was at my aunt & uncle's house and the funeral service was on and the adults crying. I do remember seeing all the dignitaries and Mrs. Kenndey Lighting the Eternal Flame.

I have often wondered how our country would have been had he lived to complete his presidency, if MLK, Jr. and RFK had lived too.
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