After 9/11, country music artist Alan Jackson created and sang a beautiful ballad, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning.”
It made us pause to think about what we were doing when we heard the news of the airliners crashing into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first man on the moon, I decided to flip through the pages of my old college text book on U.S. History to recall some of the events in the past 60 years.
The question is: Can you remember where you were when many of these events happened? So … this week, let’s test your memory on when and where you were when these events happened in your life. The first one happened the year I was born.
So let's test your memory:
1959: Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash in an Iowa farm field.
1962: Cuban Missile Crisis
1962: John Glenn orbits earth
1963: John F. Kennedy assassinated
1964: First time you heard the Beatles
1967: Apollo I disaster
1968: Martin Luther King assassinated
1968: Robert F. Kennedy assassinated
1969: Man walks the moon, Apollo 11
1970: Apollo 13 crisis
1970: Kent State shootings
1970s: Oil Crisis
1972: Watergate scandal
1974: Nixon resigns over Watergate
1975: The fall of Saigon
1977: Elvis Presley dies
1977: The release of the first Star Wars
1977: Billy Beer came on the market
1980: Miracle on Ice
1980: Mount St. Helens erupts
1980: John Lennon shot
1980: Farm crisis
1980: Who shot JR?
1981: President Ronald Reagan shot
1984: Apple launches Mac
1986: Shuttle Challenger explodes
1989: Exxon Valdez oil spill
1989: The Berlin Wall comes tumbling down
1991: The first Gulf War
1995: O.J. verdict
1995: Oklahoma City bombing
1996: Dolly the Sheep born as the first cloned animal
1997: Princess Diana dies
1999: John F. Kennedy Jr. dies in plane crash
1999: The Columbine Massacre
2003: Shuttle Columbia disintegrates on re-entry
2003: Nine million copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix were released
2005: The death of Pope John Paul II
2005: Katrina hits New Orleans
2008: Presidential election of Barack Obama
2008: The recession of 2008
2011: Navy SEALs take down Osama Bin Laden
2017: Donald Trump becomes 45th President of the United States
2019: The cathedral Notre Dame de Paris fire
So how many dates and places did you recall?
Going back through the list, I can remember most of the places where I was at. However, there were some I struggled with. Oh…and don’t worry, you won’t be graded on how many you remember. As they say ... the mind begins to wander a bit the older we get.