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What was the greatest historical event that occurred in your lifetime?

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What was the greatest historical event that occurred in your lifetime?


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    Karel Polanský says:

    The August 21. 1968 when Soviet dictator Breznev sent primitive Russian soldiers to suppress nucleus of freedom in my country Czechoslovakia. I was 23 old this time and I spent all the day in the streets of Praha…

  2. 2
    Ed Hamilton, Danville, Illinois says:

    The assassination of JFK

  3. 3
    David Pulliam says:

    9/11, or the end of the USSR, but I don't remember it happening. I was still just learning about my own backyard.

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    Jerry Parker says:

    The fall of the Berlin Wall, among many great events.

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      Mike FRancella says:

      I agree. I was around when it went up, and and never imagined in my lifetime it would come down. Like all history, no matter how far you want to go back-2,3 4 thousand years, it all comes down to money.

  5. 5
    Bill Wells says:

    Moon landing for me. Too young to appreciate it at the time but looking back it is a great reminder of what we can accomplish when we focus on a goal as a society.

  6. 6
    Darryl MacDonald says:

    World War II

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    Bluto Smatz says:

    Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon; Berlin Wall coming down & Soviet Union collapsing

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    Lyndon says:

    Sputnik in October 1957

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    Deja Renee says:

    World War 1

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    Dudley Ristow says:

    The headlines that I particularly recall vividly – the Hungarian uprising, the Sputnik launch, the erection of the Berlin Wall, JFK's assassination, the landing on the Moon, Fall of Berlin Wall, dissolution of the USSR, 9/11, Mandela's release and the First democratic voting in RSA, Death of Princess Diana (only for its shock factor) Hurricane Katrina, Far East Tsunami,

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    huzaifa says:

    technically, the Monica Lewinsky scandal was happening around the time I was born. The same year, Osama bin Laden declared jihad on America. But the first election I can scarcely recall is of George W. Bush when I was in preschool. First astronauts in the ISS. Wikipedia launched.
    9/11. Though I was a young child and I didn't understand the significance, I was very puzzled when hearing that someone crashed TWO planes in a building. First crash should have been obvious enough to show that the plane needed to turn around…just find a runway, I thought.

    runner ups

    That tsunami that happened around when Katrina hit…also Katrina herself.

    Black Monday- the Great Recession of 2008-2012.
    First black president.
    the bp oil spill



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