Momentous TV

I found an article in my AARP newsletter about TV moments we all might remember. The newsletter included:
October 1960 – the Richard Nixon/John F. Kennedy debates (Did you watch the debates, or did you listen on the radio? Your perception of it will differ from your friends depending on which you experienced.)
November 1963 – John F. Kennedy’s assassination (I was in llth grade and, ironically, in American History class when the principal announced this over the intercom.)
February 9, 1964 – the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show (I am sure I saw this, as we used to watch Ed Sullivan each week, and I have seen clips of it in newreels, but I really do not recall seeing this the first time. Maybe I was doing homework instead. Trig was really fun!!!)
August 26-29, 1968 – Riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago (I remember watches these and crying over the way it was handled. Anti-war protestors and Chicago police fought in the streets and in the convention hall.)
January 12, 1969 – Joe Namath predicts a Super Bowl III win over the Colts. (As I am a big NFL fan, I saw this one.)
July 20, 1969 – Apollo 11 Moon Landing (Neil Armstrong giant leap was unforgettable.)
July 20, 1981 – Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s Wedding (It was like watching Cinderella come to life, except Diana was no Cinder Maid.)
August 1, 1981 – MTV Debuts (Truthfully, I do not remember much about MTV in the early years. I was too busy raising a family and working fun time.)
January 16, 1991 – Persian Gulf War Invasion (I recall this one very well. My ex-husband was in the Army at the time. We lived day by day wondering about a call up. My son was 7 years old and very frightened that his father might have to go to war.)
September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center disaster and the other Plane attacks (I was teaching 8th grade Language Arts at the time. We were told to keep the students busy until we knew whether it was an accident or an attack.)
So, can you think of other events that stand out as these do? What part of each of these events do you remember?

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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2 Responses to Momentous TV

  1. Suze A. says:

    I think it was 1986 challenger Explosion!

  2. Oh, I agree. I was home with a preemie baby and a furnace needing repair for Carbon Monoxide gas. I can see it as if it was yesterday.

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