Saturday, July 25, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Major News Events During Your Life

It's Saturday Night - 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 


Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:


1) What are the major news events that happened during your life that you remember where you were when you heard about them?

2) Tell us in your own blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.  As always, please leave a link to your work in Comments.

Here is mine:


I have several " big ones:"

*  The John F. Kennedy assassination on 22 November 1963 in Dallas.  I was in the cafeteria on the San Diego State campus eating lunch.  They made an announcement over the intercom.  Everybody left.  I t took me awhile to get the bus and go home - two transfers.  When I got home my father (who was anti-Kennedy) said "This a terrible thing, Randy."  We watched TV all weekend.  Then the conspiracy theories started and I have always been interested in the story.  

*  The Bobby Kennedy assassination in June 1968 in Los Angeles.  I was new to my group of engineers at Rohr, and had gone to see Bobby in an open area near the plant the day (or week?) before.  One of the engineers had a poker party on election night, and I went.  When we heard about this, we went home and watched TV.  No mystery here!

*  The first moon landing with astronauts on 20 July 1969.  The landing was in the early afternoon, and we listened on the radio at work.  The moonwalk was in the evening, so I watched it with my parents live.  It was an amazing technological feat all through the 1960s and early 1970s.

*  The Pacific Southwest Airlines 182 crash on 25 September 1978 over San Diego.  I was at work, and my mother phoned me to say that the plane had crashed in North Park.  She could see the smoke from her home in Point Loma.  I went home to my family after work and watched TV for several days as they figured it out.  

*  The Challenger Space Shuttle explosion over Florida on 28 January 1986 occurred in the daytime.  I was at work, and everyone was interested in hearing the shuttle had gone into space.  We had the television on in a conference room, and watched in horror when they said it had exploded.  Rohr made the solid rocket booster casing that housed the faulty O-rings. 

*  11 September 2001.  9/11.  I was still in bed when the first aircraft hit the World Trade Tower at around 5:45 a.m.  I had the alarm set to turn the radio on at 6 a.m. and it came on with the news.  I watched TV until the second tower fell, then went to work and that's all they talked about.  We had project engineers on a business trip in Baltimore who drove their rental car across the country in three days because there was no air traffic.  We kept track of where they were.  

That's enough for now!


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7 comments:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Good memories, Randy.

Here's mine. https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2020/07/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-major-news.html

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine:
https://loiswillis.blog/2020/07/26/sunday-afternoon-genealogy-fun-major-news-events-in-your-life/

Teresa said...

Here's mine :)
https://writingmypast.wordpress.com/2020/07/26/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-news-events-during-my-lifetime/

Liz said...

While most of these memories were sad, it was good to revisit them. Thanks for posting this!

Here's mine:

https://gatapleytree.blogspot.com/2020/07/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-major-news.html

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's my post.

http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/2020/07/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-major-news.html

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my post:
https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2020/07/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-101/

Lacie P said...

It's always interesting to hear other's experiences during historical events. -->My post.