I wasn't born... But i do remember where i was when my countrys prime minister, Olof Palme, was assassinated in 1986. He was gunned down in Stockholm by someone and i was on the same strret, just a few blocks away filling my stomach with hamburgers and coke and fries. It was my birthday and we were a little drunk after a little party and my friends and I stopped to eat somemore before we said goodbye. We saw the ambulance and made some tasteless jokes about they were probably on the way to pick up some junkie. I have always been ashamed of that.I just finished reading 11/22/63. Loved the book--took me back in time. I got a chill reading this--I still remember where I was when the news came. I had to do the math and realized I was only 4-1/2 years old at the time. We lived on a small town in the prairies in Canada. It must have been lunch-time; as I was in the kitchen with my mother. I remember the news of the President being shot in Dallas, and the shock on my Mom's face. We were glued to the radio for the rest of the afternoon and, by the time my Dad came home for supper; the grim news had come through that he had was dead. Everyone--even Canadians--were devastated by the news. We thought the world of President Kennedy, his wife Jackie; and their family. I find the part about the roses eerie; this was what my mother always referred to when talking about that day--everywhere they had gone--Mrs. Kennedy had been given a bouquet of yellow roses; but in Dallas, they were red. Excellent account--I was rooting for George all the way!
I remember hearing about John Lennon being shot and killed (December 1980). To me that was shocking and terrible. I was a young Private, having recently joined the Canadian Armed Forces. The older military guys did not really care about it, but I was quite sad.So true--all of you. Princess Di, 9/11, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela--there are, unfortunately, many memorable moments in history. Funny how it's the tragedies that always stand out. Apparently, I am unable to form new memories!!
Oh yeah, forgot about Diana. To be fair though the answer to both 9/11 and Diana are the same - at home watching the news, the Diana story broke in the early hours, just before I was going to bed, and 9/11was around 2pm here and I was in a different sleep pattern then, so I was just getting up and turned my tele on. I actually saw people jumping live on the news - I was thinking WTF??hahah well obviously "where were you when you heard Princess Diana died?" isnt a big one in your part of the world but thats about the only other one I know...and what glorious month did you turn up? I'm a lovely Winter June baby.
To me 9/11 was devastating and shocking - Diana, not so much - I never idolized her like some of my younger female friends did.Oh yeah, forgot about Diana. To be fair though the answer to both 9/11 and Diana are the same - at home watching the news, the Diana story broke in the early hours, just before I was going to bed, and 9/11was around 2pm here and I was in a different sleep pattern then, so I was just getting up and turned my tele on. I actually saw people jumping live on the news - I was thinking WTF??
I'm a full blown real Winter baby - December, apparently one of the worst snowfalls in a long time.