I know. I had one of those moments of intense but unidentifiable emotion -- somewhere between laughter and utter shock.
I vividly remember George Bush beating my candidate, Michael Dukakis, in '88, when I was in 1st grade...But I don't remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, which I think would have been during 2nd grade...But I do remember the Gulf War very well, which happened in 3rd grade.
I don't remember the Challenger explosion, though I have other vivid memories from that year. I don't think they announced it in my class or anything.
I definitely remember the Gulf War- it was alllll over the TV. Families watched it the way people watch Big Brother now.
I remember John Kennedy being elected, when I was in 1st grade.
Where were you when he was shot?
When John Kennedy was shot, I was in school (4th grade), I'm thinking it was sometime late in the morning (though my memory could be faulty on the exact time of day). The school office sent student messengers around to all of the classrooms with a message to let all of the teachers know.Our teacher, Mrs. Holmes, turned on the ancient radio on the table at the back of the room, and there was a news broadcast talking about how Kennedy had been shot, and after a few minutes the bulletin came through that he was dead.Everyone in the room gasped.(The reason that his election in 1960 came to mind was that it was probably the earliest large *public* news event that I have a clear specific memory of, and that I can place at a specific time more or less.)
At this point, when I think of JFK's assassination, I always think of the scene in Mermaids where it all goes down --- first she's in school, then wandering the streets and she's watching a TV in a shop window when she learns he's dead.
I remember the Berlin Wall- I was in kindergarten. I remember even better when Bill Clinton was elected the first time- I was in the third grade and we had to spend recess indoors because of the weather. We spent it crawling around on our hands and knees pretending to be hiding from the bombs that our parents had said were going to start falling on our heads if Clinton was elected.I remember Kurt Cobain dying, too- my mother made us sit in the mall parking lot while she bawled her eyes out and listened to the car radio give the details.
Kurt Cobain was possibly my biggest ever celebrity crush so that was a big day for me too.
Our house was shaken from the foundation up by that one. My mother and my aunt recorded all the coverage off MTV and the VHS had a piece of tape for a label with the words DO NOT RECORD OVER THIS!!! written in big black letters on it. I remember they both really hated Courtney Love!
That's hilarious. I wonder if my mom even knows who he is.
I don't like Courtney Love. What did Kurt see in her?
Nobody likes Courtney Love! I do like Hole, though. I still think Celebrity Skin has some real mourning-song gems.
The freakiest thing I remember from grade school days was the Waco/David Koresh thing, which you don't hear much about anymore.
Yes, that was a really big deal for us because we were in Texas.
I remember Chernobyl in my equivalent of 1st grade (called CP).
I remember watching films about it in school, but years after the fact. Happened shortly after the Challenger disaster I see.
Another big public event I remember from long ago is John Glenn's space flight when he orbited the earth three times.I was in 2nd grade. Our teacher (and a couple of the other teachers in the school) took us to a room in the basement where we sat on the floor and watched the space flight on T.V. (Well, really, watched T.V. people talking about the space flight while it was happening, and watching camera shots of the control room on earth, and listening to Glenn talking on radio from space.)I don't really remember being in awe of it or anything, though I was kind of fascinated. I kind of understood that one day I would understand why this was an important event to have watched, even if I didn't understand why at the time.