The two more minor ones for me are the deaths of Michael Jackson and David Bowie. David Bowie I caught on facebook (then checked on TMZ). Whether or not I’ll ‘always remember where I was’ I don’t know yet. MJ, was quite a while ago and it was the first celebrity death that really hit me. I was in my car, listening to Dr Laura Berman (not that Dr Laura) and she mentioned it. I can still tell you exactly where I was.
But the BIG one was 9/11. I was getting ready for school. About once a week I’d be a little ahead of schedule and instead of scrambling out the door I flip on TV and smoke a cigarette to kill a few minutes. I had GMA on in the background and they cut to that. They didn’t even know what happened, they were just speculating, an hour later I watched the second one hit live. Saw both towers fall. Went to one class and then back home since they cancelled class for the rest of the day.
I also remember calling work (family business) since I knew they wouldn’t have heard about it yet and saying ‘ahhh, we’re being attacked’.
I think for my generation (30ish years old) it’s going to be 911 attacks.
I’m 35, the Challenger exploded when I was 5, the Berlin Wall came down when I was 9, I was too young to even be aware of those things and obviously, JFK was well before my time.
I can also remember watching OJ in the white Bronco being chased by the cops for, what seemed like, hours. I was just about to leave for Summer Camp for a week and I was worried the whole thing would have blown over by the time I got back and I wouldn’t get to see how it resolved. Couldn’t have been more wrong about that. Of course, there was some Milwaukee connections so they might have done a bit more coverage than some other cities.