Truthful Tuesday Remembers…

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Today is the sad 59th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in 1963. Di @ Pensitivity101 continues the Truthful Tuesday series by asking:

Can you remember what you were doing or where you were when this happened, or if you were born after 1963, can you remember your whereabouts for other major historical events that have occurred since?

I was 2.5 in November 1963, and I have no memory of the assassination. I have other memories from that time however, such as falling off a swing. I guess that made more of an impression on me.

The first major event I remember directly was Watergate, in 1973. Not that I read the news at age 12, but my parents talked about it constantly (they hated Nixon all along and never voted for him), plus my mom was glued to the TV for the hearings. The rest of my teens was a big news blur, as I was only interested in myself and (sometimes) my friends. I was vaguely aware that “stuff was happening,” like Carter getting elected and Elvis dying.

I remember the 1980 Presidential election because it was the first one I could vote in. Since my opinions at the time reflected my parents’ ideas, I voted for Carter, while everyone else I knew supported Reagan. I remember being at work in an insurance company in Chicago and another girl said she was probably voting for Reagan. I had nothing to say about why I disagreed, so I shrugged and we stayed friends. Wouldn’t it be nice if things were that way now instead of people screaming at each other over differences of opinion?

As I review the timeline of major events in US history from the past 60 years, I realize I was aware of some as they happened, but I don’t usually have a clear recollection of where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. I was in the shower when the 1987 Whittier quake hit and decided to finish conditioning my hair before I got out to see what was going on. I do remember the Northridge quake of 1994. My ex-husband and I were living in Huntington Beach, CA, 50 miles away, and we felt it strongly. It was early morning and we ran to grab the kids and huddle in the hall. We knew it was going to be awful somewhere, and it was.

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15 responses to “Truthful Tuesday Remembers…

  1. I don’t remember the 1987 Whittier quake, but I can recall the October 17, 1989, earthquake that had a magnitude 6.9 rocking northern California during Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland, as I was watching that game.

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  2. The one thing that stands out for me is 9/11. I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter, still active military and didn’t know if I was going to have too leave my daughter as soon as I gave birth.

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  3. Thanks Paula. We had an earthquake here in Lincolnshire in February 2008. It woke me up as I didnlt know what it was Hubby did and told me to go back to sleep so I did. Next morning he filled me in and said it was only a little one.

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  4. My first memory of a historical event was the Cuban Missile Crisis. My dad, a WWII vet, was so focused on the television that I asked him what was wrong. His answer was that there were earthquake warnings. Yeah, right, dad.

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  5. I was in 5th grade when JFK was shot. I was at school when I heard about it. A girl who went home for lunch came back and told us. I remember my teacher crying when she announced it to the class. That was the first major event that I recall where I was when I heard it, but there have been quite a few since then that I also know where I was when I heard the news.

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  6. This: “Wouldn’t it be nice if things were that way now instead of people screaming at each other over differences of opinion?” is so, so true. And it’s a beautiful meditation.

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