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Bruce, Caroline

Question of the Day

What is, to you, the most significant historical event for which you have thus far been alive? What is your strongest memory of that event?


current event

The cop out answer, ofcourse, is 9/11, as it has had a profound effect on world history. What I most remember about it is how I went about my work absolutely as if nothing had happened while the world around me watched television, and spent the next week self-righteously patriotic.
I think for me, the shuttle challenger disaster is the first historically sugnifficant event I remember. What I most remember was that I was in school having just received a brand new Versabraille II. I could hear the television on in the school library, and I could hear the tone of voices of the newscaster, though not what was being said. I asked my vision instructor to go in and see what the deal was, and she came back to tell me the challenger had exploded.
I remember walking through the halls of junior high and hearing the announcement on the pa system.
It wasn't a 9/11 ofcourse, but it did set our space program back at least two years, and the entire event was preventable. If you've never read the reports of how the challenger disaster happened, you should.