Historical Events..

United States
August 20, 2012 6:32am CST
Have you ever witnessed a historical event? I know there have been many historical events in my lifetime such as moon landings, space ships exploding, and many others. The only one I really remember well is 9/11 and I did happen to be watching the news as it happened. What events that you saw happening live (even if on TV) can you remember? Are there any historical events you would have liked to have seen? I saw this question on a list of conversation starters. My first thought was no, most historical events were awful ones that I can't imagine reliving. The first things that came to mind were many of the wars, like the civil war, etc. Naturally I wouldn't want to see those things, even if they did bring about a better life for us due to their results. But many historical events weren't all bad. I just can't think of anything off the top of my head I'd like to witness. Can you?
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@GardenGerty (96657)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Aug 12
Our whole school watched the early space shots. They would put a TV in the commons area and we would all get to watch the lift off and all. I also remember Kennedy being assassinated, oh, and the first appearance by the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Not everything was bad, thank goodness.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
20 Aug 12
I remember Kennedy assassination too...I remember where I was when it happened and I also remember the Beatles comiing on the Ed Sullivan....we were so amazed! You are so right when you say so many weren't bad things.....there was some pretty awesome events we got to witness!
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• United States
20 Aug 12
See I wasn't around for things like that.. and things like the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, that is some of what I was looking for when I asked the question. I don't think anything that impressive has happened in my lifetime, you know. I mean technology is coming so far it's really not impressive what they can do with it anymore, you know?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
20 Aug 12
I know lots of people who were involved in the London Olympics in some way. My grandmother saw the torch for the second time in her lifetime, which is pretty impressive. that's the only historical event i can think of that would be cheerful! Oh, maybe Royal weddings too. I didn't see any of them, even on TV, as I've no interest at all. There was the Queen's Jubilee as well of course recently I think. I was speaking to a guy yesterday who composed some of the music for those events. Pretty cool.
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• United States
20 Aug 12
You're right, Olympics would be fun to witness firsthand. I did see some of the major olympic events, like Michael Phelps winning 8 golds in 2008 and some of his races this year. I also saw Usain Bolt's run where he won the gold and set a new world record, and I watched a lot of the gymnastics this year as well as in 2008. Those are good historical events. It would be awesome to see one of them in person someday, though I probably never will.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
20 Aug 12
I watch alot of news. I think the most traumatic thing i ever saw was when president Kennedy was assasinated.That was a very sad day for our countryu & seems as if it has gone downhill every since.
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• United States
20 Aug 12
I was not alive for that one, but I figured it would be mentioned here.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Aug 12
The historical events that I remember seeing happen live were first the Challenger explosion and that was when I was in kindergarten and our teacher had the television on that day so that we could see a space shuttle launch and that wasn't what we saw at all. The other historical event that I saw was when the second plane hit the Twin Towers. Now as far as historical events that I would like to witness, I would have loved to have been alive for the first World Series or the first Kentucky Derby. It would be the happy things that I would have liked to have experienced.
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• United States
21 Aug 12
Sadly you are right many of the events were bad things, we always remember the bad rather than the good things. Lets see Challenger explosion on tv when I was in grade school. The Packers going to the superbowl, around here Packers games and playoffs ect are like national holidays. I was watching tv getting ready for work as well wen 9/11 happened. And of course not getting too political Obama's election, first multi-racial President of our country.
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@AmbiePam (48118)
• United States
23 Aug 12
I felt the bombing of the Murrah Building back in 1995. I was about fifteen miles from it, and we felt the blast. A lot of people did. It was so powerful our building shook. My mom was in Walmart at the time and it shook. We then turned on the TV and saw what was going on downtown (we actually have a piece of the building). Then there was 9/11, and then I was also watching the the takeoff of the Space Shuttle Columbia when it exploded back in 2006. I remember we had gone to Missouri to meet up with my sister for her birthday. We were in a motel room watching it when it just went to pieces. Oh, but I also remember being a child and watching the Berlin Wall come down on TV. That's a good one.
• United States
23 Aug 12
You actually got to witness quite a bit of history, wow. The Berlin Wall was definitely a good one, but still not something I'd like to witness first hand.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Sep 12
If you can consider the Olympics a historic event, then I was witness to it. I saw it when it was announced on TV. The stadium with lots of people errupted with cheers when the city was awarded as host-city. And then 6 years later, I was in an olympic event experiencing the multi-cultural festivities (mostly drinking!).
@toyota4k (1212)
• Philippines
21 Aug 12
I have witnessed some on TV over the years bur the most I can not forget was the earthquake that rocked our place here in Northern Luzon. I witnessed jars and bottles fall from shelves as giant boulders rolled from the mountain side. That was the July 16, 1990 a 7.7 magnitude on the Ritcher scale killing an estimate of 1,621 devastating major mountain roads which took months to restore.
@manduri20 (108)
• Uganda
21 Aug 12
i would like to see my president out of power I've never seen any present other since i was born and I'm 24 now i would really love to see that change