Unforgettable moments in American history

Associated Press

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, marked the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which occurred on Dec. 7, 1941 — "a date which will live in infamy" as President Franklin Roosevelt so memorably declared.

Most Americans who were alive on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed remember exactly where they were when they first heard the news.

This event changed the course of the country, and the course of individual lives.

The U.S. has several unforgettable moments that caused course changes for us as a country and made each of us take a moment and reflect on life.

None of these moments is perhaps as impactful as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but all had major impact on us as a nation.

For those alive during each of these events, most will remember exactly where they were when they heard about the event.

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Chihiuahua, 00

I was in Heaven at the time but unlike what the article says, I have no recollection of having been there.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Darn -- I was eleven months old on December 7, 1941 so I don't remember that. Don't really remember VE or VJ Days, but I do remember my uncle, who was an air raid warden, coming to our house wearing his helmet to tell us we had some light showing during a blackout.

But I do remember all the others. Gee whiz, I must be growing old!

Heber City, UT

Oh, yes I remember where I was. I was being blessed in Church that day. Well, at least I was told that was where I was.

Cedar Hills, UT

Moon walk I do remember. I was 10 and watching Walter Cronkite on our black n white console TV in the basement. I remember the shadowy images bouncing round on the moon and then going outside and looking up at the moon and being amazed ...along with my older brother ...that men were on the moon right at that moment. Pretty amazing...pretty cool!!

Utah, UT

"Though the successful test green-lighted the dropping of two nuclear bombs on Japan, saving hundreds of thousands of lives in ending the war..."

Yup, because killings over 129,000 innocent lives was completely justified as a means of "ending the war." The Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are among the greatest tragedies in American history.

Merritt Island, Fl

My father told me he enlisted in the Army before Christmas, 1941 and spent years in England and in the European campaign. His troop ship was heading for the Pacific conflict mid 1945 when the bombs were dropped and the ship made a turn to the States. I am grateful to Truman for making the decision to drop the bombs or I probably would not be here to witness the post-1949 events.
I lived in Orlando when the Challenger exploded and watched it in plain sight. I was in a conference room when the Commander had the projection system turned on and I watched in real time when the second tower was hit. The best words were denial, How could this have happened?
The others, Nixon resignation, first walk on the Moon and the others are still strong memories.
The real story here is the success of the mass media and television, it brought the events into our homes real time or recorded.

Holden, MA

I was only three months old, living in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Later on when I was three years old I remember Navy sailors and their dark blue uniforms on the downtown beach in Coeur d'Alene. I guess they were training at the U.S. Naval Base in Farragut, Idaho.

Provo, UT


Immature historians like to fixate on nuclear weapons as being a huge injustice. More people died in other bombing raides than in those two cities. Some cities were fire bombed during the war. Stop being so naive.

Chicago, IL

Compare the remembrance of Pearl Harbor with the remembrance of 9/11. With Pearl Harbor, we have no problem naming the enemy, "Japan", "Japanese", but when it comes to 9/11, no one in the media mentions Islam even though the perpetrators of 9/11 made no secret of it.


I was 6 months old when Sputnik was launched, but the president getting shot left an indelible memory in my young mind. Like JFK's death, I certainly recall where I was and what I was doing, when the subsequent events, listed in this article, occurred. Other events which stood out for me were RFK and John Lennon getting shot. And from an LDS prespective, when the the announcement came that the priesthood was granted to all worthy males.
My Dad would recall hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor, as a 12 year old boy in a family friend's parlor on the radio, during a Sunday visit. His older brother would eventually serve in the Navy, toward the end of that war.

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