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Paul Bourdeaux
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In another thread, someone mentioned the date 8.1997, and then further qualified it as the same month Princess Diana died. This type of episodic memory has always interested me... and I was wondering what were some of the defining moments in other Rancher's lives. I think my big three would be:

1) Challenger Explosion in 1986
2) Beginning of Desert Storm in 1991
3) 9/11
 
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I would say that some of my defining moments occurred before my birthday.
  • on 22 November 1963: the date America's greatest hero-president was murdered.
  • 29 Apr 75, the day the last American Died in Vietnam
  • September 25, 1957: the day 1,000 US paratroopers protected nine black children from segregationists, and started the end to the racial divide in America.


  • [ November 04, 2005: Message edited by: Max Habibi ]
     
    Stephen Boston
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    I'll add on to that list.

    1) Aug 9 1974 - Nixon resigns
    2) Challenger Explosion in 1986
    3) Beginning of Desert Storm in 1991
    4) 9/11

    For #3 I had just left the Marine Corps the year before and my battalion (1st bat 7th Marines) was shown on CNN.
    [ November 04, 2005: Message edited by: Stephen Boston ]
     
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    May 16th, 1990. The day the man died who taught just about everyone my age and under in the U.S. how to count, the alphabet, the meaning of "cooperation", and the fact that while it's not easy bein' green, it is really not that bad, either.
     
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    July 20th, 1969. Neil Armstrong steps onto the moon. Five-year-old me watches, sitting on the kitchen floor. The TV is black and white, with rabbit ears, on a spindly wire cart that allowed us to move the set so we could see it from the kitchen. In less than two months, I will start school. Because of what I see on TV, I understand why.
     
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    Israeli team murdered at Olympic Games in Munich - September 5, 1972

    Rchard Nixon Resigns the US Presidency - August 8, 1974

    Dan White Murders George Moscone and Harvey Milk at City Hall - November 27, 1978

    Iran Storms the US Embassy, taking seven hostages - November 4, 1979

    US Congress reinstitutes Selective Service for men aged 18-25. Fall, 1980.

    San Francisco 49ers defeat Cincinnati Bengals with last-minute touchdonw - January 22, 1989

    Loma Prieta earthquake - October 17, 1989

    Oakland Hills Fire - October 20, 1991

    WTC bombing - February 26, 1993

    John Candy dead from heart attack - March 4, 1994
    Kurt Cobain dead from self-inflicted gunshot - April 5, 1994

    Phil Hartman dead in murder-suicide - May 28, 1998

    WTC destroyed by airlinee collision - September 11, 2001
     
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    June 1983 : India wins the Cricket world cup. 5 year old me, doesn't understand why dad is jumping, screaming like a madman

    May 4, 2003 : I start to learn the beautiful language - JAVA

    March 12, 1993 : Serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

    July 26, 2005 : Heavy rain, flooding in Mumbai.

    Janhavi.
     
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    aug. 5, 2001

    the day i failed my first scjp exam, on my way out, a guy told me "java ranch"
     
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    Sometime in the early 70's... one day my mom told me Sesame Street would be different, and sure enough, it was. Suddenly, Oscar and Big Bird were more vibrant than they ever had been in the past... very mysterious. I always wondered how my mom would have known in advance how drastically my little life would change. I only found out a few years ago it was because my parents bought a color TV.
     
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    24th Oct 1977 : I born.

    9/11

    14th April 2003: I born again as Java Prof.
     
    Gerald Davis
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    When Guy Fawkes try to blow up the House Of Parliament. He was a nobal freedom fighter, whos name is known by every school child.
     
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    Originally posted by Gerald Davis:
    When Guy Fawkes try to blow up the House Of Parliament.


    Dude, you must be older than you look.
     
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    New York City blackout of 1977. Still remember many of the details of that night. I lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, at the time.

    Henry
     
    Svend Rost
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    I guess this belongs to the list too:

    9/11 (i.e. 9th of November) 1989 - Fall of the Berlin wall.

    And ofcause:
    7 July 2005 - London attacks.

    /Svend Rost
    [ November 06, 2005: Message edited by: Svend Rost ]
     
    Alan Wanwierd
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    My personal milestone in world events:


    30th June 1998: England lose on penalties to Argentina - ending the world cup dream for another 4 years.

    The resulting mood change of the nation and lack of comprehension by my girlfriend at the time were key factors in my decision to leave England for shores where football would no longer be at the forefront of my mind.

    5th August 1998: I arrived in Australia, jobless, single, and full of hope!
     
    Janhavi Namshikar
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    30th June 1998: England lose on penalties to Argentina - ending the world cup dream for another 4 years.


    Yes, I clearly remember that match .... made famous by Beckham being sent off.

    Janhavi.
     
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    .....in my decision to leave England for shores where football would no longer be at the forefront of my mind.


    Can't believe a game of football made you take life chnaging decisions.
     
    Alan Wanwierd
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    Originally posted by Chris Jak:
    Can't believe a game of football made you take life chnaging decisions.


    The game was only one factor in the decision of course. The decision was pretty much made before the game - but the flow of events following this particular game were enough to clarify my position and help spur me on to some decisive action!! (Would I have been able to leave England had the nation remained in a jubilant mood and had England gone on to win? Probably - but it would have taken me longer to get motivated!) - As it happened it was *that* evening when I finally made the decision!.. events now inextricably linked in my mind!!
     
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