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Started by raymie on Mar 19, 2018 12:26:16 PM
What's the first historical event you remember?

Me, jack ruby shooting lee harvey oswald. I remember the picture in the daily record of ruby confronting oswald and shooting him. I was 5

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womaninpoundland2 - 19 Mar 2018 12:40:10 (#1 of 233)

Moon landings. My dad got me up out of bed and told me history was being made.

I was 5 and more impressed that my dad had woken me up than what he was actually showing me.

ArriveAlive - 19 Mar 2018 12:40:24 (#2 of 233)

I was vaguely aware of NASA's Apollo space program as a young child, although can't say I knew about the first moon landing or Apollo 13 until some time afterwards.

I remember the 1972 Olympics and the Israeli hostages on the TV news.

As for something "historical" closer to home, that I can say I experienced: I was living under the helicopter flightpath between the North Sea and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary the night Piper Alpha went up.

HerrWalrus - 19 Mar 2018 12:42:06 (#3 of 233)

Probably the moon landings, although the studio pictures were a bit vague....

Then the no-go zones in northern Ireland. And then the miners' strikes which were exciting as they caused power cuts.

TommyDGNR8 - 19 Mar 2018 12:45:44 (#4 of 233)

Memory's a funny thing; probably the Munich massacre (I was five) though, just before that, I remember my big brother coming back from watching Rangers beat Bayern and presenting me with a horn and Bayern flag he had "acquired" on his trip.

It wan't until some years later I realised what a fucking hooligan my big brother had been and that the dent in the horn was probably the shape of some poor German's head.

OldLefty - 19 Mar 2018 12:50:52 (#5 of 233)

The king dying. I was at school and they turned us all out into the playground. They didn't close the gate and I wandered off. I wasn't missed so when my mum came to collect me I wasn't there. I was eventually found by a policeman and got a ride home in a police car, which I thought was great.

It turned out OK in the end because my mum refused to let me go back there, which suited me because I hated the place and got moved to a much better school.

downwardslide - 19 Mar 2018 12:51:19 (#6 of 233)

Eruption of Mount St Helens is probably the earliest news event i have a clear memory of.

staticgirl - 19 Mar 2018 12:53:17 (#7 of 233)

I remember all the strikes in the late 70s seeming to come at the same time and the power cuts (which I loved). I vaguely remember Jimmy Carter becoming president of the USA and thinking he seemed like a nice man.

widenation - 19 Mar 2018 12:56:30 (#8 of 233)

1979 GE result.

Yersinia - 19 Mar 2018 13:07:14 (#9 of 233)

I don't really know. Strikes and power cuts and IRA bombings seemed to be regular occurrences, but I couldn't pinpoint any one.

The drought and heatwave of 76 affected us. The previous year had also been very dry. My mum was pretty ill and suffering in the heat, my father was out of work, and we moved house at the end of the summer of 76.

Jacob_Richter - 19 Mar 2018 13:07:35 (#10 of 233)

I definitely remember the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. For some reason I recall a 7 YO me and my school mates at a bus stop in Wolverhampton deciding that this was a 'bad thing'.

I have a vague memory which I believe was England's World Cup victory in 1966 of people in a guest house in Bournemouth watching TV in the dining room and people in the street celebrating. I can only assume it was the WC.

My earliest memory is trapping my finger in a car door at 18 months old.

thisonehasalittlehat - 19 Mar 2018 13:10:38 (#11 of 233)

1997 election.

phantlers - 19 Mar 2018 13:11:18 (#12 of 233)

Churchill's funeral. Not as exciting as the boat race but still good tv.

RosyLovelady - 19 Mar 2018 13:12:10 (#13 of 233)

I remember the rejoicing in the Lovelady family when that nice Mr Churchill saw off the pesky socialists in 1951.

bossab2 - 19 Mar 2018 13:16:01 (#14 of 233)

The moon landings and James Burke in the studio with his spacecraft models.

Shadrack22 - 19 Mar 2018 13:20:48 (#15 of 233)

The 1970 World Cup (aged four).

bailliegillies - 19 Mar 2018 13:21:00 (#16 of 233)

Coronation, 1953, remember sitting around the radio with the rest of the kids, really wondering what it was all about.

Suez, 1956, I remember the reservists who were being called up going to the station to catch the trains that would take them to their camps and then embarkation. They went off all full in their belief that it was done and dusted but we never saw them when they returned, that was a much quieter event.

Also remember the Hungarian revolution of 1956 because we had a few refugee teenage children stay in our orphanage and we were very surprised by their maturity and behaviour. We all smoked and drank if we could get drink but they did it openly and took no notice of the nuns or authority. The other interesting aspect was how quickly they were found foster homes compared to the rest of us.

TheExcession - 19 Mar 2018 13:23:44 (#17 of 233)

The Falklands War. I remember being particularly impressed with the footage of Harriers.

Avonlea - 19 Mar 2018 13:25:37 (#18 of 233)

Challenger, when I was five.

darkhorse - 19 Mar 2018 13:27:43 (#19 of 233)

Assassination of Ross McWhirter.

Obviously slightly baffling to a five year old why the IRA would kill the Record Breakers bloke. Had it been Roy Castle, I would've been more traumatized.

Bromio - 19 Mar 2018 13:49:15 (#20 of 233)

Americans inexplicably fighting gorillas in Fiatenham, which may have been near Cheltenham.

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