The other topic going right now about what makes you feel old brought up another question for me.
For what national/international event in your childhood can you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you found out? I think for everyone there has got to be at least one. Some people may have two or three.
For me it was the explosion of the space shuttle Colombia in Jan. 1987. I was in the sixth grade, and several of us were standing around the teachers desk getting results from a test we had taken when someone from the office came in and whispered something to the teacher. We didn't have TVs in every room like they do now. We were lucky if we had one TV and one computer for the entire school. Anyway, the teacher then had us all sit down and made the announcement to the class that the shuttle had blown up and all the astronauts, including the teacher Christa McAuliff (sp?) were lost. It was shocking and sad all at the same time. Being there was a teacher on board, of course, a lot more school kids than normal where paying attention to what was going on around that launch than any other, except maybe the first one to the moon in the 60s.
For people my parents age, their event, at least in the US is probably the Kennedy assassination. Both of my parents remember with clarity exactly what they were doing, even though they were not even 10. Dad even remembers watching Ruby shoot Oswald live on TV a few days later. I know for many younger people it's got to be 9-11... and I'm guessing for some of you in the UK and Europe its probably Princess Di's death.
So what is it for you? How old were you? & What were you doing?