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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.