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    I would rather this question of "most memorable " be on a personal level of the Happiest Days, and then also, sadly, the Saddest Days. And we all have both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Yeah, but you can only remember one of them.
    Talking about events that impacted but we weren't around for could get endless...like the day the meteor fell and wiped out the dinosaurs...
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    As to historical events in my lifetime, Id say the big five might be:

    Assasination Of JFK
    Moon Landing
    Munich hostage taking
    Fall of Berlin Wall
    9/11
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    A mix of general interest and personal, good and not so good.

    12-30-70 Mine disaster in Hyden in my home state, KY kills 38. I was not yet nine and somehow this was the first stark evidence to me that huge tragedies happen to people, and during the holidays, no less.

    April 3, 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak across the Ohio River Valley. F4 tornado passes 800 meters from my house. Large trees blown down in our neighborhood, houses of my cousins and some friends heavily damaged. Large swaths of 100 year-old trees in Cherokee/Seneca Parks, one of the best areas in the country for distance runners to train, were leveled. I was 12.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1974_Super_Outbreak

    3-29-75 UL loses in OT to UCLA in the NCAA basketball semifinals. A win would have led to the Greatest Sporting Event of All-Time, a UK-UL championship game. The two teams had not met each other since 1959, and in that time UL had joined UK in the ranks of national powerhouses.

    5-17-75 Bayi breaks the mile WR. I had just finished my first track season, 7th grade, I was running the mile and the 880 and somehow this was really great.

    8-28-77 I saw YES for the first time, in Louisville's Freedom Hall. It was my third concert (Elton John and Ted Nugent before that) and I was immediately a YES and progressive rock convert. Still think Yessongs is the album I'd carry to the desert island, if only allowed one (OK, it's three LPs, but still...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Yeah, but you can only remember one of them.
    Yep.
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley
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    I picked some "smaller" ones as after JFK, Apollo 11, Munich, fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, etc, we'd run out of dates pretty quickly. The only two big events for which I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard were the Challenger disaster and 9/11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm View Post
    16Aug77
    That is one certainly one of those "remember exactly where you were" dates.

    Another similar one is 08Dec80

    A date that did not impact everyone but certainly was memorable for me and about 10 million others living nearby was 17Jan94.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm View Post
    My 5 most memorable historical dates in my lifetime:

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    I had to lookk that up; no recollection whatsoever.

    On the other hand, in the same genre, I do remember August 05, 1962.
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    On that theme I remember September 18, 1970 very well...
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    In a taxi in Ghana with my brother when we saw the Elvis news in a newspaper the driver was reading...
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