Unforgettable moments in American history

On March 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

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.

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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Anti Bush-Obama
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.

Oslo, Norway, 00

@ Abdulameer

Islam was not the perpetrator of 9/11. In trials, a group of terrorists that were part of the extremist organization al-Qaeda were found guilty. Your false accusations are like accusing Christianity for the atrocities of Hitler during World War II.

Aussie Teacher

Here are some more unforgettable moments in US history:
Countries bombed by the USA since 1945.
China 1945-46
Korea 1950-53
China 1950-53
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-60
Guatemala 1960
Belgian Congo 1964
Guatemala 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
Peru 1965
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Lebanon 1982-84
Grenada 1983-84
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1981-92
Nicaragua 1981-90
Iran 1987-88
Libya 1989
Panama 1989-90
Iraq 1991
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1992-94
Bosnia 1995
Iran 1998
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
Afghanistan 2001
Libya 2011

Cambodian Girl
Annapolis, MD

That was a very emotional day for me. I thought of all of the people, mostly families, who had been separated all of those years and how exciting it would be for them. I was so grateful for President Reagan and all of the people that made that event possible because they had compassion for the German people in their thoughts and hearts. We did not turn our backs on those far away. I sincerely love that about our country.

Salt Lake City, UT

I was in Germany on my mission. We all ran to the train station and made the short trip to Berlin to watch it in person. Unbelievable scene.

Grantsville, UT

@ Reflectere: "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."

True, many innocent civilians lost their lives from the two bombs dropped, however the Japanese troops and civilians had already demonstrated their resolve to fight to the last person standing.

Try to understand what President Truman was faced with; . . . if he had NOT used nuclear weapons against Japan, the WWII Allied death toll would have been much bigger. If he chose a conventional troop invasion over the atomic bomb, eventually it would become known that he had access to nuclear weaponry, but instead sent hundreds of thousands more allied troops to their deaths.

President Truman SAVED many Americans' lives who would otherwise have been required to invade Japan.

Murray, UT

10 of the 13 moments, I've lived through and remember. Never forget sitting in front of the TV with my brothers watching the first man on the moon. I also remember my teacher crying in front of us students when the word came down that JFK had been shot. Some good memories and some bad...

Salt Lake , UT

I happened to be in West Berlin for a couple of days as the Wall was coming down. When I crossed through Checkpoint Charlie on a Monday morning with a traveling companion we were told we would be the first military personnel in many years to travel unrestricted on the transit system in East Berlin. Wow, how things have changed since then.

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