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Historical Events I Remember
"You know how you remember exactly where you were for certain events? These are the memorable happenings in my life."
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One of my earliest memories growing up in Brooklyn, NY was in the early 1950's when an alarm would sound in elementary school and we had to hide under our desks (facing away from the windows). What were these exercises called?
Air Raid Drills
Take Cover Drills or Shelter Drills
My family was lucky enough to have a TV in the '50s and, between March and June of 1954, the daytime programs were pre-empted by the Army-McCarthy hearings. Who was the Army's attorney who said to Senator Joseph McCarthy "have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last"?
G. David Schine
I can still remember President Eisenhower initially denying that the U-2 plane shot down over Soviet territory in May 1960 was a CIA "spy plane". Who was the pilot?
Richard S. Heyser
Francis Gary Powers
In the late '50s and early 60's two different rock icons came of age and changed the world of music forever: Elvis Presley and the Beatles. On whose nationally televised show did they both appear?
Your Show of Shows
The Milton Berle Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour
I can still remember the apprehension surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis and those 14 days in October 1962. What triggered the crisis?
The discovery that the Soviet Union had begun building missile bases in Cuba
The Bermuda Triangle
The failed Bay of Pigs invasion
Which historical figure is NOT properly matched to the city in which he was assassinated?
John F. Kennedy - Dallas
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Memphis
Harvey Milk - San Francisco
Robert F. Kennedy - San Francisco
The 1968 Summer Olympics marked the first time TV viewers got to see two African-American winners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raise their fists at the medal ceremonies saluting Black Power. Where was this Olympics held?
Mexico City, Mexico
On the evening of July 20, 1969, I was watching the TV screen as Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon claiming "the Eagle has landed". What was the number of this historic Apollo mission?
In the '70s, Louise Joy Brown, the world's first successful test tube baby, was born in Great Britain. In what year was this achieved?
In 1980, the Cold War intensified again, with Jimmy Carter's ultimatum that the US would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from which country?
On the morning of January 28, 1986, my son was sick and stayed home from school; to pass the time we turned on the television. We watched in horror and disbelief as the Challenger broke apart at 11:39 EST. How much time had elapsed in the flight?
I was working in the stock market in the 1980's watching my Quotron - the computer we used in those days to follow the market. All of a sudden, on Black Monday, the Dow (which would usually fluctuate no more than 5 points) dropped 508 points! What was the month and year of this "correction"?
My first encounter with terrorism was when I was working in New York's financial district one February afternoon. It was snowing lightly when we heard a loud explosion - we thought it was thunder until the sirens of police, fire and ambulance were all directed to the World Trade Center. We later learned that a bomb had exploded in the parking garage. What was the year?
In 1996, in Edinburgh, Scotland, a ewe was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. What was her name?
Finally, with all the tragedies and hardships, January 16, 2009 gave us the "Miracle on the Hudson", with the pilot ("Sully" Sullenberger) and crew managing to save all those aboard from what seemed a certain death. What was the flight number?
U.S. Air 1549
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