25 Most Remembered Events in Modern US History – Where Were You & What Were You Doing?

tragedy-9-11-twin-towerWith television and mass media coverage the way it is nowadays, we’re bombarded with news events, predominantly violent, almost daily. With all the “goings on” in this country and the rest of the world, there are probably a few important days or dates you may remember more than others. Of course, this is all age-dependent. A lot of us can remember exactly where we were or what we were doing at the time the news came across the wires (be it on radio, television, or in more recent times, the internet). The focus here, for majority of Americans that are old enough to comprehend or at least moon_landingremember are events that shaped the country (sometimes the world) from World War II through present day. They range in scope from Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) being bombed in December of ’41 through the sudden death of Michael Jackson in late June of ’09 (barely 5 weeks ago at the time of this posting).

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing at the time of the events listed below?

Pearl_Harbor_AttackSee how good your ‘recall’ really is ….. of course some of you were not around during some of these major events ….. just as where you lived will determine whether you were affected by some events put on by the forces of mother nature (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires, volcanoes).

Actual dates are listed as well as where the event occurred.

Are there any other notable (single day) events you would include if this list were updated?

  1. Terrorist Attacks on American Soil (New York, Washington DC, Pennsylvania) (September 11, 2001)
  2. Attack on Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) (December 7, 1941)
  3. Assassination of John F. Kennedy (Dallas) (November 1963)
  4. Death of Princess Diana (Paris) (August 31, 1997)
  5. First Moon Landing & Moon Walk (Moon) (July 20, 1969)
  6. Oklahoma City Bombing (Oklahoma City) (April 19, 1995)
  7. Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (Memphis) (April 4, 1968)
  8. World Trade Center Bombing (New York) (February 26, 1993)
  9. Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion (over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida (January 28, 1986)
  10. The Waco Tragedy – The Final Assault (Texas) (April 19, 1993)
  11. Georgetown/Jonestown Massacre (Mass Suicide) (South America) – (November 18, 1978)
  12. Richard Nixon Resigns the Presidency (Washington DC) (August 9, 1974)
  13. Loma Prieta/San Francisco Earthquake (San Francisco Bay Area) (October 17, 1989)
  14. Northridge Earthquake (Los Angeles) (January 17, 1994)
  15. Columbine High School Massacre (Colorado) (April 20, 1999)
  16. Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (Los Angeles) (June 5, 1968)
  17. Kent State Shootings (Ohio) (May 4, 1970)
  18. Space Shuttle Columbia Explosion (over Texas) (February 1, 2003)
  19. Desert Storm/Persian Gulf War Began (Iraq/Kuwait) (August 2, 1990)
  20. Mount St. Helen’s Volcanic Eruption (Washington) (May 18, 1980)
  21. Hurricane Katrina – Peak Strength/Impact (Gulf Coast) (August 28-29, 2005)
  22. San Fernando/Sylmar Earthquake (Los Angeles area) (February 9, 1971)
  23. Death of Elvis Presley (at Graceland in Memphis) (August 16, 1977)
  24. Great Alaska Earthquake (south-central Alaska) (March 27, 1964)
  25. Death of Michael Jackson (Los Angeles) (June 25, 2009)


Here’s another recommended list to check out from Listverse.com

4 Responses

  1. I’m an African,in all this events are there no happy days,and i’m really sorry 4 the world b’cos most of this events are caused by our own hand work

  2. Hi Alex!
    I was in Berlin on 9/11 climbing the Reichstag with an Irish friend. The flag on the Swiss Embassy was already half-mast, we did not know why. When we came out, police was everywhere, people were scared. We were in shock, and alarmed. Everything seemed possible then -could some big war start? Were other attacks possible?

    PS: You use an impressive picture of the towers. Where did you get it? We are looking for something similar for an exhibition on different views on historic moments experienced by people who now live in Berlin…. would be very thankful if you could email me for advice!


  3. Could someone please tell me exactly how the death of Princess Diana was an event in “US history”? Diana was, if I remember right, British, and her death took place in Paris. Nothing to do with Americans. Period. Sorry, Yanks–you can’t pretend that everything is somehow about you.

  4. I think one of the things that should be on here is when John Lennon was assassinated.

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